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Father and son help others rebuild their lives, full report

by Wesley Smith

A father and son whose family was torn apart by alcoholism have made a new start helping others to rebuild their lives. Duncan Gall came home from holiday at the age of 16 to find his father, John, had abandoned him and there was an eviction notice on the door.

Some years later Duncan was inspired by how John had turned his life around by helping homeless people and decided to follow in his footsteps.

Response to sponsored cycle ride 'overwhelming'

The mother of a girl who had a rare bone cancer removed from her arm at a Birmingham hospital plans to do more fundraising in future, having been overwhelmed by the support for her 220-mile sponsored bike ride.

The response to the cycle ride has been overwhelming. We never dreamed it would grow so big, but it just shows how our fantastic communities work in this area.

We have had people coming to our doorstep to drop off donations anonymously, which is amazing.

– Lynne Evans, mother of Bethan Evans


Support for sponsored bike ride 'overwhelming'

The parents of a six year old girl who was treated for a rare bone cancer at a Birmingham hospital say support has been 'overwhelming' since they announced plans for a 220-mile bike ride to raise money.

Bethan Evans will have scans at Birmingham Children's Hospital until she is 18 Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Bethan Evans from Wales underwent an eight hour operation while bone was removed from her arm.

Comedy event to raise cash for Harry Moseley charity

A comedy extravaganza is being held today to raise cash for a charity set up by tragic young brain cancer victim Harry Moseley.

Harry Moseley, who died aged 11 two years ago after a four-year battle with cancer
Harry Moseley, who died aged 11 two years ago after a four-year battle with cancer Credit: ITV Central

Local professional stand-up comics including Mickey Sharma, Karen Bayley, Andy White and Steve Day will perform at Highlight Birmingham today to raise cash for Help Harry, Help Others.

The charity was set up by Harry, who died aged just 11 in October 2011 after a four-year battle with brain cancer.

He raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity during his young life.

Charity donations for channel swimmer reaches nearly £80,000

Susan Taylor preparing for her swim of the Channel for the Rainbow's Hospice Credit: Facebook

The amount of money donated to a charity supported by swimmer Susan Taylor has reached nearly £80,000.

Susan from Barwell in Leicestershire was swimming across the English Channel to raise money for the Rainbows Children's Hospice in Loughborough when she collapsed and died.

Yesterday, hundreds attended her funeral.


Mourners arrive at Leicestershire swimmer's funeral

by Phil Brewster

Mourners are arriving at St Mary's Parish Church, at Barwell in Leicestershire, for the funeral of Susan Taylor.

Guests enter at the church for Susan Taylor's funeral Credit: ITV News Central

Mrs Taylor died two and a half weeks ago, after suddenly collapsing during an attempt to swim the English Channel.

Mourners arrive at the funeral Credit: ITV News central

At the time the 34-year-old was attempting the 21 mile swim to raise money for charity - including the Rainbows Children's Hospice in Loughborough.

Mourners arrive at the church Credit: ITV News Central
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