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Mum who lost son to sepsis to raise awareness

A mother who lost her one-year-old son to sepsis has started a campaign to raise awareness of its devastating consequences.

It's a condition which can affect anyone of any age and happens when the entire body reacts to an infection, leading to a serious overdrive of the immune system. For more information about sepsis, click here.

Melissa Mead lost her son, William, just days before his first birthday in December 2014 after medics failed to spot his illness. Kylie Pentelow reports.


Barnsley named and shamed for dog fouling

Named and shamed

New figures have been released that put a South Yorkshire town at the top of a league of shame when it comes to fines handed out for dog fouling.

The research reveals Barnsley Council issued 359 penalty notices in 2015 alone, totalling almost £18,000 in fines - proving that where there's muck, there's brass.

But joking aside, enforcement officers say some dog owners shout names and abuse when confronted and point out its children who are most at risk when playing outside.

A parasite found in dog faeces can lead to a lost of sight if its picked up through contaminated soil.


Business making a difference in Wakefield

ITV Calendar's Sally Simpson, patron of MY Burns Unit; patient Maya Fieldhouse; and MY Burns Club leader Tracy Foster.

More than 300 members of Wakefield's businesses community attended the 4th annual Charity Christmas Lunch at the Cedar Court Hotel.

The event raised more than £25,000 which this year will be split between the Theatre Royal Wakefield's Performance Academy and MY Burns Club which helps children recovering from burns, based at Pinderfields Hospital.

The event is about local businesses making a difference, raising funds for young people in the Wakefield district.

– Ian Taylor, WACCL chairman,
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