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Midlands charity sends donation boxes to flood victims

Local children have been encouraged to take part in the 'Smile in a Box' campaign

A Midlands charity is packing donation boxes to send to flood victims in the south of England.

Matts Mission Children's Charity, which is based in Birmingham, has been encouraging local children to send items such as toothpaste and soap, along with a few treats such as chocolate.

The 'Smile in a Box' campaign is also collecting other essentials such as wellies, blankets, tinned food and bottled water.

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Insurance companies 'using cancer patients to print money'

The cost of travel insurance is stopping many people with cancer from going on holiday or forcing them to travel without insurance.

Figures released by a specialist cancer insurer show that in the West Midlands more than half of people who have or have had cancer would like to go on holiday.

But most of them say the cost of travel insurance effectively confines them to the UK. Nearly a third also said they were forced to travel without insurance, leaving them open to excessive costs if something went wrong.

The family of a seven-year-old girl with bone cancer, were quoted three and a half thousand pounds for travel insurance for a holiday to Malta.

Three in five Midlands cancer patients forced to holiday in the UK

New research has found that three in five cancer patients in the Midlands stay in the UK for their holiday because of the high cost of travel insurance.

The study also shows that of those who did travel in 2013, over half of patients in the West Midlands and nearly a third of those in the East Midlands, did so without insurance.

Those figures are the highest in the UK, for people travelling without any cover.

More than half of West Midlands cancer patients travel abroad without insurance

Three in five cancer patients say they only go on holidays within the UK due to insurance costs
Three in five cancer patients say they only go on holidays within the UK due to insurance costs Credit: Jens Wolf/DPA/Press Association Images

More than half of cancer patients in the West Midlands say they are forced to travel without insurance due to what they call high costs.

Research by InsureCancer1 also says three in five (64%) cancer patients in the region say they can only holiday in the UK due to the costs of travel insurance.

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