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Ice bucket challenge hailed for funding breakthrough

  • Paula and Robert Maguire, the couple who brought the Ice Bucket Challenge to the UK and raised £7m came into the ITV Calendar studio. They were joined by Suzanne Maguire (no relation) from Doncaster, who has Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and her mother Eve.

The global craze that saw celebrities join millions in being doused in freezing water for charity has been credited with funding a scientific breakthrough.

A host of famous names, from Bill Gates to Kim Kardashian and Stephen Hawking to George W Bush, took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014 to raise awareness of ALS, commonly known as motor neurone disease in the UK.

Two years on, though, their efforts are being hailed for funding research that has discovered a gene linked to the disease which could spark new treatments and therapy developments.

The challenge was brought to the UK by Paula and Robert Maguire from Wakefield who helped raise more £7 million for charity.


Police warning after rise in railway trespassing

An urgent warning has been issued to young people in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire as figures show trespass on railways is on the rise across the region.

The British Transport Police (BTP) has released footage showing some of the close calls in a bid to deter those who think playing on the tracks is something exciting to do during the summer holidays.

BTP is also stepping up patrols across the region.


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