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Cancer survivor offered gift of life by best friend

A cancer survivor has been given the chance to start a family - with her best friend acting as a surrogate mum.

Victoria Eames' thought her dreams of becoming a parent were over after doctors performed a lifesaving operation - removing her womb. But, before being asked - friend Jenah stepped in and agreed to carry her child.

Matt Price reports from Castleford on the pair's true test of friendship.


Cancer survivor given chance to start family thanks to best friend

A cancer survivor who feared she would never have children after surgery for cervical cancer has been given the chance to start a family thanks to her best friend.

Friends for life: Victoria from Castleford and best mate Jenah

Victoria Eames always dreamed of becoming a mum, but had to have her womb removed to stop the cancer spreading.

Best friend Jenah came forward and said she would act as a surrogate for Victoria and her partner James.

Victoria was given the all-clear by doctors and will have check-ups every three months. Doctors have asked the friends to for wait for a year before trying for the baby so they can check the cancer has not returned.

"My world fell apart - I wanted the fairy tale. I have an amazing partner and it was the next step. When I found out I couldn't have children I apologised to him. It was hard."

– Victoria Eames

Katie Summerhayes inspires next generation of skiers

This time last year our very best Winter Olympians were in Sochi in Russia competing for Team GB. One of those was freestyle skier Katie Summerhayes from Sheffield. Since finishing a respectable 7th in the ski slopestyle final Katie has gone from strength to strength. Last month she became the first British female skier to win a Freestyle World Championship medal. She spoke to our sports reporter Chris Dawkes at Castleford's Snozone.

David Cameron gives President Obama rare signed print by Castleford artist

David Cameron has presented President Obama with a signed print of Stonehenge by Castleford born artist Henry Moore.

Henry Moore print of Stonehenge signed by the artist

The rare print was given to the US president as a memento of his trip to the historic monument last September during the NATO Wales Summit.

It is one of an edition of forty and was donated by the Henry Moore Foundation.

Jack out of X Factor but gets lots of local support

Jack Walton has become the latest X Factor contestant to leave the competition.

The 18-year-old from Castleford received the fewest number of public votes after he sang Leona Lewis's hit Bleeding Love.

He said: "I don't know where to start. It has been amazing, a world away from what I'm used to. I've just loved it."


Mother fights for answers over daughter's disabilities

A mother who believes a drug she took to test if she was pregnant - in fact caused her daughter's severe disabilities, when she was born, is fighting for answers. Margaret Braithwaite from Castleford took the hormone pregnancy test Primodos in the late 1960s. Her daughter Maxine was born with deformities and disabilities - which affected her all her life - before her death this year, aged just 45. The company which made Primodos insists it was not responsible for causing serious illnesses in children. But now Margaret, and thousands of other women, are demanding a review. Michael Billington has been speaking to her.

Mother calls for apology over pregnancy testing pill fears

A mother who took a pregnancy-testing drug in the 60s, is demanding an apology from manufacturers, after her daughter died of severe disabilities. Margaret Braithwaite from Castleford believes her daughter Maxine's difficulties were caused by hormone pill, Primodos.

A drug regulator this year found there wasn't enough evidence to prove that Primodos was responsible for causing deformities in children. Pharmaceuticals company Bayer denies any responsibility.

Stabbed care home worker brands attacker a 'coward'

A woman who was stabbed in the Castleford care home where she works, has branded her attacker a coward. 67-year-old Christine Pygott was cooking breakfast early on Saturday morning, when she went to investigate a noise at the kitchen door. A man burst in, punched and kicked her, then stabbed her in the arm.

Police say two men were seen running from the care home on Ferrybridge Road, passing the cemetery on Healdfield Road and have released an image of a man they'd like to trace.

Police have released this image of a man they'd like to trace Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Police issue e-fit after Castleford care home stabbing

E-fit of man police want to speak to after woman stabbed in care home Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Police have released an e-fit picture of a man they want to talk to after the stabbing of a care home worker in Castleford.

A 67-year-old woman was assaulted and stabbed in the arm by an intruder whilst she was at work at The Beeches residential care home, on Ferrybridge Road.

The victim needed hospital treatment for the wound to her arm.

Police are linking this incident with another which happened earlier whereby two men were confronted in the grounds of another nearby residential home.

"It is particularly concerning that these men appear to be targeting the homes of elderly and vulnerable people and their motives or doing this are currently unclear.

We are treating these incidents extremely seriously. We have put on additional patrols in the area and are working tirelessly to identify anyone involved in this and that includes putting this e-fit out."

– Det Supt Nick Wallen, West Yorkshire Police

Two men ages 25 and 28 who were arrested on Sunday on suspicion of assault have since been released on police bail.


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