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'Dementia Friends' to visit schools in awareness campaign

The Alzheimer's Society are going into schools across our region to recruit so-called Dementia Friends. These are people who know about the condition and are able to offer help and support to those who are receiving treatment for the illness.

The campaign hopes to educate more young people about the signs and symptoms of dementia - as figures show more and more of us will be diagnosed with the condition over the next decade.

It comes as the government pledges to increase funding to research the condition. Jon Hill reports:

Rescue helicopters to be privately operated from next month

From next month, the responsibility to search for lost walkers and casualties at sea moves into private hands.

The yellow search and Rescue helicopters of the RAF have been a familiar sight in our skies for decades. A major base is RAF Leconfield in East Yorkshire.

The new helicopters will be operated by the firm Bristow on behalf of the coastguard. They will operate two choppers from Humberside Airport. And in preparation for the change, Mountain Rescue volunteers have been training on them.

Matt Price reports:

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Former miners mark post-strike return to pits anniversary

Thirty years ago men and women from Shireoaks Colliery in north Nottinghamshire marched back to the pit head.

The same miners today made an emotional return to their pit site to mark the anniversary to the day they went back to work after the year long strike of 1984.

Little remains of the colliery but workers were determined to mark the anniversary marching under the same banners they did three decades ago. Martin Fisher reports:

Top teen author visits students for World Book Day

Award-winning author of teen thrillers James Dawson visited a school in Leeds this week to mark World Book Day.

James Dawson with students at The Grammar School at Leeds

His latest novel, Under My Skin, which is a modern take on the classic Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde story, was released today and he spoke yesterday to students at The Grammar School at Leeds about it.

It is a feminist teenage fiction novel concerning the tug of war for Sally’s body. I have given darkness a character of its own.

– James Dawson, author

Under My Skin is told from the perspective of a teenage girl, and Dawson championed feminist issues during his talk, praising role models like author Malorie Blackman, actor Emma Watson, Olympian Jessica Ennis Hill and he youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner and campaigner for girls’ education, Malala Yousafzai.

The students thoroughly enjoyed James’s entertaining and thought-provoking talk. I think it is important to promote a love of reading and it was wonderful to hear James address an issue which is important in society today.

– Judith Kerr, Deputy Head of English at GSAL
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