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New Christmas Truce memorial to be unveiled

The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, where a memorial to the Christmas Truce football match will be unveiled Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A memorial to the First World War's Christmas Truce football match will be unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire in December.

The structure was designed by 10-year-old Spencer Turner from Newcastle, who won a national competition.

During a week of remembrance activities at the end of this year, English teams will mark 100 years since British and German soldiers put down their guns and started playing an impromptu game of football.


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.

National Health Action Party to field two West Midlands candidates

Dr Richard Taylor (right) and Dr Clive Peedell launch the National Health Action party which aims to save the NHS Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The National Health Action party has announced that it will field two West Midlands candidates at the next general election.

Karen Howell, a prominent figure in the Support Stafford Hospital Campaign, will stand in the Stafford constituency.

Dr Richard Taylor - the party's co-leader - will try to regain his old seat of Wyre Forest in Worcestershire. He represented the constituency from 2001 to 2010.

The NHA Party says it campaigns to "stop the demolition of our NHS."

Stafford Hospital campaigners write to Health Secretary

Campaigners for Stafford Hospital have invited Jeremy Hunt to visit the paediatric and maternity services Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A group which is campaigning against Stafford Hospital's maternity and paediatric services being transferred next year has sent an open letter to the Health Secretary, asking him to visit the departments.

They say the hospital should be a beacon of healthcare and have asked Jeremy Hunt to personally intervene and stop what they describe as a "rushed and flawed process".

VIDEO: Staffordshire Police's Chief Constable takes on ice bucket challenge

Staffordshire Police’s Chief Constable Jane Sawyers took on the ice bucket challenge yesterday. Credit: Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police’s Chief Constable Jane Sawyers took on the ice bucket challenge yesterday.

Doused by force mascot Kash, the Chief’s feat raised £500 in sponsorship from Police Mutual as well as an initial donation of more than £200 from colleagues across the force.

Money raised for the event will be donated to Motor Neurone Disease Association and Macmillan Cancer Support.


F1 legend John Surtees at motorcycle show in Stafford

John Surtees is the guest of honour at motorcycle show in Stafford Credit: Jack Harrison

F1 legend John Surtes will be the guest of honour at the 34th Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle show in Staffordshire today.

Motorsport fans have been able to see the British motor sport hero John Surtees alongside some of his most iconic and unique machines at the Staffordshire County Showground.

Surtees' Ferrari 158 which took him to the 1964 F1 championship Credit: Jack Harrison

The Ferrari 158, which took Surtees to the F1 championship in 1964 is one of the main attractions at the show.

The legendary car on display is the only championship winning Ferrari which is not painted red on the orders of Enzo Ferrari after a protest against Italian racing authorities.

The only championship winning Ferrari which was not painted red Credit: Jack Harrison

Surtees' appearance at the annual show is the first in a series of appearances in 2014 to raise funds for the Henry Surtees Foundation. A charity he set up after the tragic death of his son in a Formula Two accident.

The show is on today and tomorrow with guest of honour appearing both days.

Nurses drafted in to help man wards at Stafford Hospital

Twenty nurses will today begin a three-month secondment to help man the wards at struggling Stafford Hospital.

The nurses, from the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, have been drafted in to help out as the scandal-hit Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust struggled to find experienced senior nursing staff.

Twenty nurses have been drafted in from elsewhere to help man the wards at Stafford Hospital Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

The nurses were inducted at the hospital yesterday and begin working on the wards today.

It comes after the Royal Wolverhampton Hospital announced it would open an extra 15-bed ward to help accommodate emergency patients from South Staffordshire to help out.

NHS campaigner Julie Bailey awarded CBE in New Year Honours

NHS campaigner Julie Bailey has dedicated her CBE to her late mother - whose death promoted a campaign to expose the neglect of patients at Stafford Hospital.

Ms Bailey founded the campaign group Cure The NHS after being appalled by the care she witnessed her mother receive at the hospital.

Julie Bailey, founder of Cure the NHS Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Ms Bailey has been awarded a CBE for her services to the care of older people in the New Year Honours List.

She said: "I am deeply honoured to receive this award as an important acknowledgement of our struggle for a better NHS. I am certain that my mum would be extremely proud of me and it is to her I dedicate not only this award but also our continuing struggle for a safer health service."

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