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Charity thanks family of cancer fundraiser

Raj Singh Brayna fundraising Credit: Family photo

Charity teams have thanked the fundraising efforts of a man from Birmingham who died from cancer.

Father-of-two Raj Singh Brayna from Great Barr, who had just turned 39, lost his fight against cancer on the 29th November. He worked as a computer IT analyst and was a keen fundraiser.

His family say they're overwhelmed by the amount of money raised in his name since his death, with donations far exceeding the original £1,000 target.

"Raj Brayna was a huge supporter and admirer of Khalsa Aid. Raj, his family & friends had previously raised thousands by organising fundraising events such as hiking and cycling.

Raj's last wish was to set up a fundraising page for Khalsa Aid instead of people bringing flowers to the funeral.

The love everyone had for Raj is apparent, and the page has so far raised £25,740. Khalsa Aid will be allocating funds for rebuilding four homes for the poverty-stricken families in Panjab and food for the Yezidi refugees in Iraq".

– Khalsa Aid

Visiting restrictions lifted at hospital ward after outbreak

Hereford County Hospital Credit: ITV News Central

Visiting restrictions have been lifted at a hospital unit after an outbreak of sickness and diarrhoea.

The restrictions apply to Hereford County Hospital's Gilwern Unit. The unit which looks after frail and elderly patients has been closed to visitors for a number of days after the sickness outbreak.

Health officials say that even though visitors are now allowed back on the ward, they're asking for anyone with diarrhoea and vomiting not to visit until they're free of the symptoms for 48 hours.

Wye Valley NHS Trust say the restrictions were put in place to protect patients, as part of a zero-tolerance approach to healthcare-associated infections.


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Recycle your Xmas tree and help hospice

Households across Lincoln are being encouraged to go green this Christmas and help to support their local hospice with their tree-cycle campaign.

St Barnabas Hospice will collect and recycle unwanted trees in return for a donation. Credit: St Barnabas Hospice

On Saturday 7th January, St Barnabas Hospice will collect and recycle unwanted trees in return for a donation.

The hospice will be collecting trees in parts of LN1, LN2, LN3, LN4, LN5 and LN6.

“This is the simplest, greenest and most charitable way to get rid of your Christmas tree after the festivities.

"Let the hospice take away the stress and mess of disposing of your tree and help us to raise vital funds for hospice care.

“Donations are crucial to the success of this event and to ensuring that we can continue to provide dedicated, compassionate hospice care every day of the year.”

– Laura Stones, Event Fundraiser for St BarnabasHospice

To arrange a collection and donate to the hospice book in at

Report: Mavis's loneliness story

In the final part of our ‘Faces of Loneliness’ series, we investigated how social isolation affects the older generation.

Recent figures from the charity Silver Line, which has a dedicated helpline for elderly people, show that the West Midlands as a county is one of the hotspots for loneliness calls.

We've been talking to an inspirational 86-year-old from Birmingham. Mavis Horton has managed to overcome her loneliness and she has a special message for anyone struggling this Christmas.

This report was produced by Rebecca Burrows.

Report: Ron and Stuart's loneliness story

As part of our 'Faces of Loneliness' series, we have been following the stories of people who have overcome social isolation in the Midlands.

95-year-old veteran Ron started to feel lonely when his wife died in 2000. He has now managed to find friendship with another veteran through a new scheme in Nottingham.

This report has been put together by Rebecca Burrows.

Report: Ron and Loraine's loneliness story

In our special series, ‘Faces of Loneliness’, we’re looking at how carers can become socially isolated as a result of looking after a loved one.

Figures show that there are more than a million carers in the Midlands. Research from Charity Carers UK found that 8 in 10 of those carers will experience loneliness at some point.

We’ve been following the story of Ron and Lorraine from Birmingham. Ron has dementia and has felt increasingly isolated as a result of his condition whilst his wife Lorraine has felt lonely as a result of caring for him.

Rebecca Burrows put this special report together.


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