The cast of Christmas pantomime Aladdin made a dream come true for a young teenager who is battling leukaemia for the second time at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre.
Katie Wright, from Childwall is a huge panto fan and has been unable to go and watch the show which has just opened as she is currently undergoing gruelling chemotherapy at Alder Hey Children's Hospital. Doctors are worried that if Katie were to sit in the audience amongst lots of other people she might pick up an infection.
After hearing Katie’s plight, theatre staff invited Katie to come to the dress rehearsal for a sneak preview of the show. It was a great afternoon for Katie who got to meet the stars of the panto.
Katie's family have now discovered that her best chance of survival is an incredibly costly treatment only available in the US. They are now trying to raise £120,000 to help in her second fight against leukaemia.
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Local authorities in our region spend less than one percent of the available cash on mental health care.
The survey by mental health charity MIND shows that on average just £144,000 of public health budgets are spent in this way.
MIND says its unacceptable.
Our research shows that the current spend on public mental health initiatives is negligible. This can’t continue. Prevention is always better than cure and ignoring the problem simply doesn’t make sense. Investment could stop people who aren’t unwell developing mental health problems in the future.
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Almost 700 people from the North West are currently on the transplant waiting list. The NHS Blood and Transplant authority is urging people to register and potentially save lives. Anthony Clarkson is from the authority.
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The money will be used to support women in the critical time during pregnancy and in the first year after birth.
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