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Hundreds of Santas hope to raise thousands of pounds

Hundreds of Santas are hoping they will raise thousands of pounds in today's 'Chase the Pudding' event in Sheffield. The money raised will help support the work of the British Heart Foundation. Last month, the BHF announced plans to invest £500,000 in funding the University of Sheffield's purchasing of an MRI scanner. This technology will create highly detailed images of the heart, lungs and blood vessels and can help in diagnosing conditions such as pulmonary hypertension.

Chasing the pud to beat heart disease

The British Heart Foundation is hosting its annual festive fun run today in Sheffield called 'Chase the Pud'.

This year the race will be started by local mum, Josephine Pickworth, whose health has been severely impacted by the condition she now studies as a research scientist.

Josephine's life changed dramatically when, 37 weeks pregnant, she fell seriously ill. The decision was taken to induce labour and then carry out the necessary tests following delivery to avoid further risk to her child.

Having got through the labour, feeling battered and extremely tired, I started to be put through the investigations into what was causing my symptoms. I was eventually diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and a clot in my pulmonary artery?

– Josephine Pickworth

Josephine and her child survived and she is now a researcher at the University of Sheffield.

For this year's race, which starts at 11am in Tudor Square, there is an exciting difference; the runners will actually be chasing a Christmas pudding.

Helipad appeal backed by sister of crashed man

The sister of a man from Barnsley who was critically hurt in a car crash is throwing her weight behind a campaign to raise money for a new helipad at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital. Andrew Chesterton was airlifted from his wrecked car and his sister Suzanne has joined the appeal for better facilities to speed up the transfer to A&E. James Webster reports:

A&E Doctor: Current helipad makes patient transfers more complex

An A&E consultant at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital says a new helipad there would make patient transfers in from major traumatic events less complex. Dr. Stuart Reid is helping with the fundraising appeal, aiming to raise the last £500,000 needed to build a new, closer helipad:

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Sister: Minutes saved by new helipad could make all the difference

A woman from Worksop whose brother was transferred to hospital by air after a crash last month says it's vital every minute is saved when getting patients to A&E. Suzanne Wilson's brother Andrew Chesterton is now recovering, but since she heard about the time it currently takes to transfer people from the existing helipad to the emergency department she has thrown her weight behind the fundraising appeal to provide a newer, closer helipad:

Critically injured man's sister backs new helipad appeal

Andrew Chesterton who was critically hurt in a crash in Athersley Credit: Family photo

A woman from Worksop is backing an appeal to pay for a new helipad at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital. Suzanne Wilson's brother Andrew Chesterton from Barnsley was critically hurt in a night-time car crash last month. The driver of the other vehicle did not stop. The 32 year old is now out of a coma and is improving though his injuries were severe.

The young dad had several broken ribs, swelling on the brain and other internal bleeding. The 32 year old is now out of a coma and is improving but doctors say getting him to hospital as quickly as possible after the crash was vital.

Suzanne Wilson is now backing the appeal to raise the last £500,000 of £2m needed to pay for a new helipad at the Northern General Hospital. The current helipad requires a land ambulance to transfer arriving patients the final short distance to the A&E department. The new one would only require a short trolley push.

Christmas Ball in memory of cancer boy Ethan

A Lincolnshire-based children's charity is hosting a festive event this evening in memory of a young boy who lost his battle to cancer earlier this year.

Ethan Maul Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Ethan Maull 'Up Yours To Cancer' Foundation will stage its annual Black and White Christmas Ball tonight at Jocasta's in Lincoln.

The charity ball is in memory of ten-year-old Ethan, who passed away on 5th May 2014 after losing his battle against cancer.

Ethan and his family, who live in Torksey near Lincoln, set up the foundation in 2013 to help raise awareness of osteosarcoma after he was diagnosed with the rare form of children's bone cancer in December 2012.

Biker airlifted to hospital

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision near Sutton-in-Craven which left a motorcyclist with serious injuries.

It occurred at 2pm today on Pole Road, Sutton-in-Craven, approximately 1¼ miles from the junction with Green Dykes Road.

The collision involved a black Sukida motorcycle displaying 'L' plates travelling westbound and possibly a black Vauxhall Vectra travelling in the opposite direction.

A 24-year-old local man riding the motorcycle suffered serious head injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary where he is receiving treatment.

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