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Doctor "petrified" at thought of fundraising feat

A fundraising doctor - who is herself terminally ill - says she is "petrified" at the prospect of her latest feat to raise money for fellow cancer patients.

Dr Kate Granger will jump out pf a plane in Bridlington this morning as part of her bid to raise £250,000 for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.

On her Just Giving page, she writes:

"For my latest exploit...weather willing, I will be jumping out of a plane on a tandem skydive for the YCC.

"I am petrified of heights so this is a massive personal challenge for me, but one that I am hugely excited about.

"The skydive itself has been extremely kindly donated by Sara at GB Skydive in Bridlington so we can maximise the funds we raise for the YCC. Chris and my family will be cheering me on from the comfort of the ground."

– Dr Kate Granger

She has also received support from other companies, and online followers:


And thank you very much to Dr Ralf Speth, @jaguar's CEO for being so kind to lend us his F-type for the weekend... http://t.co/CaIDUHUZmX


Pls support @grangerkate for her forthcoming skydive. Kate is beyond inspirational. Always in my thoughts. http://t.co/M1j91lilRF


My terminally ill beautiful wife doing charity skydive.. Help her raise £250k Pls RT @michelrouxjr @david_cameron http://t.co/BQ9n1kzoMy


Fundraising doctor to face her fear of heights

A terminally ill doctor will face one of her fears today as part of her ambitious fundraising scheme.

Dr Kate Granger,a Specialist Registrar in Geriatric Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, was diagnosed with an rare form of incurable cancer in August 2011.

Since then she has thrown herself into campaigning for more personalised care in the NHS - encouraging all doctors to greet patients by introducing themselves - and set herself an fundraising target of £100,000 for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.

But earlier this year, she smashed that target, partly through sales of her books, and partly through her "bucket list" activities, which have included bake sales at St James Hospital, and walking the Great Wall of China.

Later, with a new target of £250,000, she will jump out of a plane in Bridlington - watched by her husband Chris.

Patients urge rethink over cancer drug treatment

Six years ago Abiraterone was hailed as a medical breakthrough that could offer men extra time with loved ones and a chance to delay chemotherapy and its debilitating side effects.

Today the body that recommends what can and cannot be paid for said it 'wasn't cost effective'.

Prostate cancer patients have now been told that the life-extending drug will not be routinely prescribed unless they have chemotherapy.

One man from North Yorkshire who is fighting prostate cancer is calling for a rethink:


Bradford police probe serious sex assault

Police are appealing for information following a serious sexual assault in Bradford.

At about 3.35am on Monday, 11 August, a 40-year-old woman was approached by a man close to licensed premises in Westgate.

The pair then walked to the rear of the premises, where he subjected her to a serious sexual assault.

The suspect is described as Asian, in his early 20s and about 5ft 10ins tall.

He had longish black hair and was wearing a light grey hooded top, a black or dark blue hat with flaps on the side and dark grey tracksuit bottoms.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, of Protective Services (Crime), said: "This must have been a harrowing ordeal for the victim, who is now being supported by specially trained officers.

"We would appeal for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Westgate area, either before or shortly after the incident to contact the police with any information they may have.

"We would also like to speak to two men who we believe were seen with the suspect that evening.

"Both men are believed to be Asian and in their late teens or early twenties. One was of quite stocky build, wearing a hat, a grey hooded top, grey tracksuit bottoms and dark blue trainers.

"The second man was wearing a blue hooded tracksuit top, which was made out of shiny material, tracksuit bottoms and dark trainers. He was riding a blue or silver mountain bike."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Grimsby siblings to host charity match

Two siblings are to host a charity football match for the hospital where they both receive treatment.

Sophie Lewis, 18, and her brother Matthew, 14, from Grimsby, are organising the event to raise money for Sheffield Children's Hospital.

The match on August 17 will see parents of players from Matthew's team, Grimsby Borough JFC, take on the team's coaches.

Funds raised will go to the Team Theo appeal, which invites supporters to take on a sporting challenge for The Children's Hospital Charity.

Sophie has received treatment at Sheffield Children's Hospital since she was 18 months old for complex lumbosacral congenital abnormality.

The incurable condition has caused curvature of her spine and a limb length discrepancy.

Sophie said: "The surgeons set out on making my life better and to help find ways of reducing pain and pressure on my body.

"I had a spinal fusion, and then I had a pioneering surgery using a new magnetic rod to lengthen my shorter leg which means I will no longer walk on my tiptoes and hopefully relieve pressure in the pelvis and ribs.

"I am still having this treatment and eventually the rod will be removed and there may be another spinal surgery in the pipeline depending on what my surgeons see best."

Matthew recently began receiving treatment at the hospital for Crohn's Disease.

Sophie said: "We have received the best possible care anyone could ever wish for and want to give back to the hospital in any way we can.

"I would urge people to really get involved and support Team Theo because Sheffield Children's Hospital is amazing, the care you receive is second to none."

To support Team Theo, visit www.tchc.org.uk/team-theo.

A64 death crash victim named

North Yorkshire Police have named the man who died in a collision on the A64 near Tadcaster on Monday August 11, as 22-year-old Alexander Baron from Scarborough.

Alexander's family have issued a photograph in tribute to him.

Officers are still appealing for any witnesses to the collision to come forward.

Alexander Baron
Alexander Baron who died in a collision on the A64 Credit: North Yorkshire Police
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