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Teenage cancer patient raises £5 million for charity

A teenager who died of bowel cancer has left an astonishing legacy after his campaign raised £5 million for charity.

After being diagnosed with the disease aged 15, Stephen Sutton devoted the rest of his life to raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Stephen's fundraising page on Just Giving Credit: Just Giving

Stephen aimed to raise £10,000 for the charity as part of his 46-item bucket list, but donations flooded in as his positive attitude won the hearts of people around the world.

The charity says that between Stephen's fundraising page and other donations he inspired, it will be able to "be more ambitious" than it ever expected.

Stafford Hospital protest camp to stage walking protest

Around 500 people from the camp protesting outside Stafford Hospital are expected to stage a walking protest later as the Clinical Commissioning Group hold their Annual General Meeting.

The camp outside Stafford Hospital in July Credit: ITV News Central

They are walking just over a mile from the protest camp to the Beacon International Centre.

Members of Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group will use the meeting to report back on their first year as a statutory body and address some of the future challenges facing the NHS both locally and nationally.

Consultation into congenital heart surgery begins

A three month consultation into how congenital heart surgery is delivery by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust has begun.

An event is being held by NHS England in Leicester next month for people to find out more about the New Congenital Heart Disease Review. The review was launched in June last year after the ‘Safe and Sustainable’ Review collapsed. Patients, families and the public will also be able to comment and provide feedback at the event on October 24.

Glenfield Hospital in Leicester Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who supported our service and fought against ‘Safe and Sustainable’, which threatened to leave the East Midlands without a children’s heart surgery centre. Without this support, the new review would not have been commissioned and we might not have the bright future we have now.

We welcome NHS England's up front approach and encourage as many people as possible from across the East Midlands to attend this event in Leicester. It is important that those who have supported our service and fought hard to keep it open understand what NHS England is proposing and how the service will be delivered.”

– Giles Peek, consultant cardiothoracic surgeon for Leicester’s Hospitals

NHS Trust admits facial burn on former model

An NHS Trust has admitted that an unmaintained dental drill that overheated and caused a severe burn to a former child model from Wolverhampton could have been prevented.

Jade Blinco, from Bilston, says her dreams of pursuing an adult modelling career have been ruined following the incident at Birmingham City Hospital in September 2011. The burn left the 23-year-old with a large scar on her top lip.

Jade Blinco before her treatment Credit: Irwin Mitchell

Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust has admitted full liability. The Trust has since changed the brand of the tool used to one that now has an automatic cooling system to prevent anyone else being burnt.

Jade Blinco after her treatment Credit: Irwin Mitchell

The last three years have been horrendous as I have tried to come to terms with living with the horrific injury and scar I have been left with. I had been a child model and hoped to pursue a career in the industry as an adult but the scar means modelling agencies won't even consider me and I have no confidence now.

– Jade Blinco

We are very sorry for the distress experienced by Miss Blinco. We apologised immediately after the incident in person and subsequently in writing to her. On the day of surgery an apology was given to Miss Blinco by the senior surgeon which was reiterated the following day in the presence of family members. Our Chief Executive has also written to apologise to Miss Blinco earlier this year. Since the incident we have changed all of our hand pieces ensuring that this issue will not occur again.

– Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust


School that closed because of sick teachers to reopen

A school in Derby that was forced to close on Friday because 20 of its teachers had a sickness bug will reopen tomorrow morning.

St Clare's School in Mickleover had to take the drastic move to shut because of a lack of staff.

The school was due to have a deep clean over the weekend and the school has announced on its website that it will be open.

Autumn colours help East Midlanders fight the blues

Research by the National Trust has found that 40% of people in the East Midlands admit to feeling down as the nights draw in.

But new research om the National Trust has found that the kaleidoscope of natural colours experienced on an autumn walk makes people feel happier, healthier and calmer.

Calke Abbey Credit: National Trust

Shades of blue you find on walks by water or when the landscape is coloured by the evening’s darkening sky were found to help soothe away stress (38%), while the greens of hilltops and pine woodlands leave people feeling more connected with the natural world (50%).

Despite 76% of people in the East Midlands finding that autumn walks help to combat winter blues, 38% admit to not going on enough walks during the autumn months with 23% claiming it’s because they rarely get the chance to go on a stroll.

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