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Mayor opens hub for volunteers at Grantham and District Hospital

The Mayor of Grantham has officially opened the new volunteers' hub at Grantham and District Hospital.

The new hub is a base for volunteers and will also act as a central help point for patients and visitors.

Volunteer duties can include practical on ward and day ward support, befriending, administration, and meet and greet roles in outpatients, clinics and main reception areas.

I love volunteering, I like meeting new people and talking to them. Our main role is to help patients and visitors to the hospital find where they need to be and we have also been trained in assisting wheelchair users too.

We can also call ahead to a ward or department and let them know a patient has arrived so staff can be ready to greet them.

– Andy Lemerie, volunteer

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust currently has 250 volunteers across the Trust.


NHS protest in Hull

Campaigners who say the NHS is in crisis were in Hull this morning.

NHS Protest in Hull Credit: ITV Yorkshire

They were protesting outside the city's railway station over fears that the health service cannot cope .

They are calling on the Government to intervene and provide more funds for the NHS .


Woman in distress appeal

Police are appealing for information following reports of a women in distress near Gotts Park near Stanningley road in Leeds shortly before 9pm on New Year's Eve.

The woman is described as having light coloured hair. 

She was with a man who was described as olive skinned possibly an Asian male wearing a dark coloured hooded top. 

Paralympian hero takes on New Year's Day cyclocross

Gold medal-winning Paralympian cyclist Steve Bate is set to take part in the popular New Year’s Day Novacross cyclocross event, at Conynham Hall in Knaresborough.

Paralympic champion Steve Bate

Steve, who is visually impaired, won two gold medals in this year’s Rio Paralympics, and will be competing on a tandem with renowned cycling journalist and mountain bike tester Guy Kesteven in today's race to raise funds for sight-loss charity Henshaws in Harrogate.

The duo will be competing in the novice Go-Cross race which is being introduced for the first time in the 2017 event by the organisers, the Harrogate Nova Cycling Club, as a way of encouraging complete beginners to try cyclocross.

Steve’s participation is particularly fitting as the club has partnered with Henshaws in Harrogate for the event, to help raise £1,000 for a new bike rack and shelter for students at the charity’s Specialist College

The Go-Cross race gets underway at 10am with laps of a two and a half kilometre course through the grounds of Conynham Hall before the children’s races at 11am and then the headline cyclocross races from midday onwards.

Since the first event in 2014, the New Year’s Day cyclocross race has virtually doubled the number of entrants to become one of the largest fixtures in the UK, attracting a strong field of nearly 700 competitors and over a thousand spectators.

“Having Steve competing in our event is a real coup as he is an absolute legend in British cycling and an inspiration to anybody who is facing a challenge in sport or life in general.

"Steve has just an 8% field of vision, and I think we can all take inspiration from his participation in NovaCross.

“One of our key aims is to encourage newcomers into the sport. "This is why we’ve introduced the race for novices so they can find out just how much fun and excitement there is in cyclocross racing which is one of the fastest growing cycling disciplines in the UK.

“Hosting an event that sits on the sport’s international calendar is a real coup for Knaresborough and we hope to see the race’s stature grow in years to come. "Hopefully the race will support tourism in Knaresborough and bring many visitors to the town.”

– Steve Smales, race director

More young people urged to give blood

The young widow of a man who died from cancer is urging people to become blood donors.

Deborah Wilkinson who is from Barnsley says her husband Peter received several transfusions and had a better life because of people who gave blood.

The blood donation service is appealing for more young people to make a New year resolution to join their register.

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