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Stoke-on-Trent man receives new kidney after 30-year wait

The NHS is calling for more people to sign up to be an organ donor. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Archive/PA Images

David Dawson, from Milton, endured a 30-year wait and has now received a new kidney. The operation took place at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham last month.

He is urging people in a similar situation not to give up hope.

You see other people getting transplants after a matter of months, and you get to a point where you think its not going to happen.

But the message I would give to people in the same position now is to never give up hope, never say never. It can happen, no matter how long you've been waiting."

– David Dawson

The former jewellery repair worker was previously given a transplant kidney in an operation at the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary in 1984, but the organ failed after nine months.

First apprentice graduation ceremony held in Stafford

The first Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony will take place in Stafford later.

More than 150 apprentices from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will celebrate the completion of their training at the county's first ever Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony.

It is also hoped that the event will raise the profile of apprenticeships.

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Cllr Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills at Staffordshire County Council said:

"We want local employers to recognise the fantastic contributions that apprenticeships can bring to their companies and our local economy.

"Apprenticeships play just as important a role as graduates in growing our economy and it's about time that apprentices got the recognition they deserve."

10 men charged with abusing teenage boys

West Midlands Police says specialist child protection officers have this evening charged ten men from across England with child sex offences and other crimes. Nine of the men are from the West Midlands, the other is from London.

The alleged offences are all connected to the sexual exploitation of children between 2009 and 2010 when police say two teenage boys ? one from Leicester and one from Coventry - were abused by a group of men who befriended them.

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