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Campaigners continue fight to save children's heart unit

Campaigners trying to save a children's heart unit in Yorkshire have secured a meeting with the man who proposed its closure.

Sir Neil McKay, chairman of the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts will travel to Yorkshire to hear the concerns of those against plans that could leave Yorkshire patients travelling to Newcastle, Liverpool or Birmingham for treatment.

Councillor Jim Clark will speak on behalf of North Yorkshire at the meeting.

"Closing the LGI unit would be a serious blow for the whole region".

"Securing a personal appearence with Sir Neil gives us some hope that we will be able to demonstrate how misguided the proposal is."

Programme to help support Nottinghamshire families

A three year programme to help support more than 1,580 troubled families in Nottinghamshire have been unveiled. The authority will receive £2.3m over the next three years as part of the Government’s Troubled Families Programme.

During the first year 2012 – 13, 439 families will receive support. Close links will be built with other agencies including the police, the probation service, health and the targeted youth support services.

Support will be offered to households that meet all of the following criteria:

  • involved in crime and anti-social behaviour
  • have children not in school
  • have an adult on out of work benefits
  • cause high costs to the public purse

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Afghanistan medals for children

A mother from West Yorkshire is behind a new medal for children whose parents have served in Afghanistan.

The awards have been handed out for the first time and the miniature medal is designed to recognise the sacrifices families make while loved ones are on the frontline.

Dawn McLeish with some the children who received medals Credit: Ministry of Defence

Dawn McLeish from Denby Dale, who came up with the idea, said:

"I looked at my own children and saw what a hard time they were having without their dad.They missed him so much and weren't really able to understand why he wasn't there.

"They have to be strong and brave to be able to cope with something like that at such a young age. I found myself saying 'they deserve a medal' and then I thought why not given them one."

41 children were presented with the medals, which have the slogan "Daddy's Hero", at a ceremony in Germany.

Beauty contests for children

The Woodalls from Lincoln claim to be the UK's biggest pageant family. They've spent more than £15,000 on hair spray, fake tan and fancy frocks.

Five of their six children compete in beauty contests. Their mum says taking part has done wonders for her children's confidence.

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