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Teenager "amazed" by response to song she wrote for mum she lost to cancer

A teenage girl says she's amazed by the response to the song she wrote for her mum who she lost to cancer.

Caitlin Burke, 16, from Leigh, wrote the song for her mum Carolyn who died in May after a two-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was just 45.

After sharing a video of herself singing Not That Far Apart on Facebook, it has now been viewed more than 35,000 times.


IoM pro-choice 'Handmaidens' hold demonstration

Protesters dress in Handmaiden costumes outside of Tynwald, Douglas. Credit: Helen McKenna, ITV

A protest has been held on the Isle of Man by pro-choice group Handmaids IOM.

It follows a presentation from UK anti-abortion group LIFE, who were invited to speak to Tynwald members this morning by David Anderson MHK.

The Handmaids said via their Facebook page: "We’re getting there but the race hasn’t been won yet. We won’t stop until women of the Isle of Man are able to have safe and legal abortions here on the Island."

A new draft Bill has been proposed by Dr Alex Allinson, which is being reviewed in 2018.


Call for more diversity in stem cell donation

Melaine Farrell-Rhodes, who's from Stalybridge, Greater Manchester has lived with aplastic anaemia since she was 8 years old. On 6 October 2017, Mel was diagnosed with myelodysplasia anaemia and doctors told her that her best chance of survival would be a blood stem cell donation. But the combination of a lack of diversity on the blood stem cell registry and Mel's mixed heritage makes her search for a matching blood stem cell donor even harder. Her chances of finding a match in the wider public reduce right down from 60% to 20%.

Melanie has lived with the condition since she was 8 and desperately needs a stem cell match Credit: family photo

Mel is facing a lot of uncertainty and doctors cannot provide a timeline for her treatment. However, medical staff have confirmed the earlier a match is found for Mel and she could have a blood stem cell transplantation, the better. Click here for more about Mel's story.

Cancer scientists get new base after Christie fire

The blaze at the Christie destroyed equipment and research Credit: GTV

Researchers from Cancer Research UK are getting a new base following the fire at the Christie in Manchester which devastated their facilities.

More than three hundred staff from the CRUK Manchester Institute are making the move after the blaze destroyed equipment and research in April.

The new base is at Alderley Park near Macclesfield.

The CRUK Manchester Institute is a leading cancer research organisation within The University of Manchester and is funded by Cancer Research UK.

Final IoM draft abortion reform Bill to be presented in January

Dr Alex Allinson MHK for Ramsey proposed changes for an abortion reform Bill. Credit: Isle of Man Government

A final draft abortion reform Bill will be brought before the Isle of Man's House of Keys in January 2018.

Ramsey MHK Dr Alex Allinson has spent 11 months working on proposals, including allowing women a termination up to 14 weeks into pregnancy.

Results from a public consultation showed people largely support the Bill, with the results published on the Manx government website last month.

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