A five-year-old boy who got a donor after taking part in his own version of the ice bucket challenge is recovering after having a transplant. Albert Tansey can't get cold because he has half a heart so he tipped bean bag balls all over him.
A five-year-old boy who used the ice bucket challenge to appeal for a life-saving heart transplant is recovering in hospital after a donor responded to his online message.
Albert Tansey from Burbage in Leicestershire used polystyrene instead of ice because his health was so frail. But his version of the fundraising craze was liked and shared through social media more than three thousand times.
Speaking for the first time since his operation, Albert's parents say his efforts have led to an increase in the numbers of people signing up to become organ donors. Chris Halpin reports.
A Staffordshire-born student has accepted a posthumous award on behalf of his best friend, fundraiser Stephen Sutton.
Chris Bullock, 19, who studies at Newcastle University, attended the National Lottery Awards where he was presented with the Special Achievement Award.
The award is given to somebody who has made an outstanding contribution to society with the help of Lottery funding.
It was awarded to Stephen in recognition of his National Good Gestures Day campaign, run with support from Lottery-funded charity Fixers.
The 19-year-old, who died from bowel cancer in May, hosted his first Good Gestures Day event in Birmingham last year. It saw his team hand out free hugs, high fives and handshakes with the simple aim of spreading happiness.
Fixers is now working to make Good Gestures Day an annual event, in accordance with Stephen's wishes.
"I felt extremely proud to go up on stage with Ste's family and friends. I can't think of a better way than to celebrate all that Ste achieved, and what a way to do it.
"Ste would have loved the ceremony and he would have been very jealous about all the celebrities we got to meet and dance with."
Eagle-eyed neighbours led police to arrest four suspected drug dealers in a series of dawn raids across the West Midlands today.
A 46-year-old man from Albert Road in Aston, a 38-year-old man from Foleshill Road, Coventry, a 37-year-old man from Cumberland Road, Hateley Heath and a 23-year-old man from Grestone Avenue in Handsworth were all arrested on suspicion of drug offences.
The police action was sparked when Neighbourhood Watch members reported suspicious kerbside cash exchanges.
England all-rounder Moeen Ali has been nominated for Professional Player of the Year at the inaugural Asian Cricket Awards.
Warwickshire skipper Varun Chopra, Yorkshire all-rounder Adil Rashid and Essex man Ravi Bopara join Ali in the list for the award, which will be presented at Lord's next month.
Ali, who is of Pakistani heritage and was born in Birmingham, made a major contribution towards England's recent series win against India in the Investec Test series.
Chopra led Birmingham Bears to the T20 Blast title, and was recently appointed full-time captain ahead of their Royal London One-Day Cup final against Durham on Saturday.
One lane is closed and there is heavy traffic because of a broken down car on the M6 Southbound between J7 A34 (Great Barr) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway / A5127 Gravelly Hill / A38 Tyburn Road / Slade Road Spaghetti Junction.
Hopes for a last-ditch rescue of Phones 4u have been quashed as talks continue over deals to save at least some of its shops and jobs.
Administrators from PwC said it was in discussions with three parties over the potential sale of assets following the company's collapse on Sunday.
However, it said a proposed debt-for-equity swap in which bondholders agree to cut back on what they are owed in order to reopen contract talks with network operators EE and Vodafone was not an option.
PwC expects to pay the majority of salaries and wage arrears and paid tribute to the co-operation of staff since the shock demise of the business.
Joint administrator Rob Hunt said: "Thousands of people have stuck with us during the course of this week in difficult circumstances."
Some 560 stores and 4,800 jobs are still at risk after Dixons Carphone agreed a deal yesterday to take on the 800 staff who had worked at 160 Phones 4u concessions within Currys/PC World stores.
All Phones 4u stores are currently shut while PwC attempts to find buyers.
A call with bondholders today heard a statement from Phones 4u's private equity owner BC Partners in which it said it was devastated by the collapse.
A man in his 60s has been sent to Coventry's Walsgrave hospital after he reacted to a 'noxious gas' that came from a cleaning product in the public toilets of the city's bus station.
Paramedics have treated and discharged the three other people affected, and they do not believe the final man's condition to be serious.
Police have also lifted the cordon at Pool Meadow bus station, on Fairfax Street, and say services should return to normal shortly.
Alan Hutton says Roy Keane's "volcanic" personality has been key to Aston Villa's impressive start.
The defender believes the Villa assistant has added fire to the dressing room after his summer arrival.
Villa are second in the Barclays Premier League and host Arsenal on Saturday after opening their campaign with four unbeaten games.
And right-back Hutton, who signed a three-year deal at the club this week, said Keane's famous passion is vital.
"He can be occasionally volcanic, is that threat useful? I think so, it keeps you on your toes, but you want to perform for yourself," he said.
"You know he'll give you the shot you need to perform and spur you on, it's not a negative thing.
"You just have to look at his career, if there's anything you need to ask he's the man to go to. Just to have a man like that in your corner is unbelievable.
"He's passionate about the game, so if anyone needs to say anything about the game he's the man to do it."
Four people have fallen ill after visiting the public toilets at Pool Meadow bus station in Coventry.
Paramedics arrived at the Fairfax Street scene at 2.15pm to treat three men and one woman who had reacted badly to an 'unknown substance'.
They told doctors they were feeling sick and had sore throats and runny eyes. It was initially reported that five people were injured but a further patient who had already left by the time paramedics arrived did not suffer any symptoms.
Police believe the problems were caused by cleaning fluid which released a noxious gas.
The bus station remains closed, and their are severe delays on city bus routes.
Police are asking the public to help in the search for a pensioner who went missing yesterday.
Trevor Bow, 68, was last seen at his home in Old Meadow Road, West Heath at around 7.30pm. His family are now deeply concerned for his welfare.
Trevor was last seen wearing a blue checked shirt, dark trousers and a blue anorak. He is around 5ft 7” tall and has grey receding hair.