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It's "Tous en Velo" for Hebden Bridge schoolchildren

Finley Sheard, 9 and sister Millie, 7 with decorated bikes Credit: Kate Drury

Children at two primary schools in Hebden Bridge are getting into the Tour de France spirit today with a family cycle parade between the two schools. Around two hundred children and their parents will ride on decorated bikes from Midgley school to Old Town School.

It's being dubbed as "Tous en Velo pour la Musique", as on arrivial in Old Town there is a music festival with entertainment from a number of local bands. Organiser Kate Drury said the event was a "fun way" of encouraging more children to take up cycling.

"The Tour de France passes right by Old Town next Sunday and excitement in the village is mounting. Hopefully 'Tous en Velo' has helped make the children more aware of just how momentous this is and also feel they too are taking part in their own way. "

Stephen sheds pounds to gain pounds for cancer

This time last year Stephen Bielby from Sutton in Craven weighed over 23 stone and would not even think of having a go at an extreme obstacle assault course.

But after his wife was diagnosed with cancer he accepted the challenge to lose the weight and take part in one, to help raise money for the charity which gave him and his family vital support during such a difficult time. Sarah Clark reports.


Strike not designed to impact on the Tour

Yorkshire Ambulance service workers have voted to strike on the fifth and sixth of July - the weekend of the Tour De France. Four hundred members of the Unite union are embroiled in a long-running dispute over new working conditions and meal breaks.

The union says it has very real concerns about patient and staff safety and has denied that taking industrial action next weekend is a cynical ploy.

Confusion over future of surgery

There is confusion over the future of GP services for thousands of people in Lincoln. NHS England wrote to patients to tell them their surgery would be shut down later this year - but a week later sent another letter to tell them it could be saved.

The NHS says it is still talking to patients, but the local MP has described the consultation as a sham. Adam Fowler reports.

Hull rallies round after pushchair theft

Campaigners are rallying around the family of a little boy with autism after his pushchair was stolen during a day out in Hull.

Four year old Lewis Norman needs the specialist buggy to be able to go out safely. Now fundraisers across the city have joined forces to help him out. For more information on the appeal click here. Tina Gelder reports.


Yorkshire Ambulance Service disappointed by strike plans

Yorkshire Ambulance Service say they are disappointed at the decision by staff belonging to the Unite union to strike on the weekend of the Tour de France.

We are disappointed with the Unite the Union ballot result and the continued threat of industrial action. There is no mandate for strike action with less than 50% turnout from Unite members; only 177 people participated in the vote from our total workforce of over 4,600 staff. Strike action is certainly not in the best interests of our patients and we are disappointed that Unite continues to put patients at risk.

We would like to reassure members of the public that Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is committed to minimising the level of disruption to its services during any periods of industrial action and we have robust contingency plans in place to ensure we continue to provide responsive, effective and safe services for our patients.

– David Whiting, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Yorkshire Ambulance Service to strike on Grand Départ weekend

Staff from Yorkshire Ambulance Service have voted to strike on the weekend of the Grand Départ leg of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service staff to strike
Yorkshire Ambulance Service staff to strike

The union UNITE balloted members over the action which is the latest in a long running dispute over patient and staff safety issues.

Unite members working at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust voted by 84 per cent to strike between 06:00 and 23:59 on Saturday 5 July and on Sunday 6 July, starting at 18:00 and ending at 22:00.

The 400 members of the union represent less than ten per cent of the Trust's full staff.

Bosses at the Ambulance Service withdrew recognition from Unite as a union representing staff as a result of the continuing dispute.

Unite say staff are concerned about the introduction of elongated shift patterns. The union claim it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed as a result of staff exhaustion.

Ethan's legacy lives on

Ethan Maull from Torksey near Lincoln was just ten years old when he passed away last month after losing his fight against cancer.

He had already raised more than a hundred thousand pounds for a charitable foundation in his name. And the money keeps coming in after a group of fund raisers each swam twenty four miles in twenty four hours.Mark Witty has the story.

Lincolnshire pilots new mental health incidents scheme

Lincolnshire is piloting a new approach to mental health emergencies, bringing mental health nurses, police and paramedics together.

The pilot, launched today, and jointly funded by the NHS and Lincolnshire Police, has mental health nurses and paramedics attending incidents where police officers believe people need immediate mental health support.

The dedicated car and team of healthcare professionals are operating throughout the county to ensure people with mental health issues are kept out of police custody and receive the right treatment and care.

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