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Charlie's Chance fundraising page still has some way to go

Charlie with Liverpool FC hero Steven Gerrard Credit: #charlieschance

A crowdfunding page that was set up to help a boy suffering from leukaemia pay for lifesaving treatment that is only available in the USA and China has gone passed £90,000 - over 60% of its £140,000 target.

Charlie Fearns, 10, has been diagnosed with the disease for the third time, and after a bone marrow transplant in 2013 the only option left is an experimental form of treatment not available for him in the UK.

The revolutionary treatment, named CAR T-cell therapy, is a type of immunotherapy which uses a patient’s own immune system to combat the disease.

Although this type of therapy is in the early stage of research, doctors in China and America have hailed it a success, with many patients in the usually untreatable advanced stages of cancer being completely rid of the disease.A fundraising campaign named Charlie’s Chance has now been set up by his parents, raising nearly £8,000 in under 24 hours.

A post on the page reads:

Charlie has relapsed for a third time with leukaemia. There is no option left in the UK for Charlie. This little lad needs to go to America ASAP to a clinic in Seattle to have a CAR-T transplant which will cost £100,000. Please help us get him there.

Charlie Fearns' bravery has inspired the Cycling Scouser and Barrow for marrow to raise £60,000 for Anthony Nolan. It's time to help this brave little kid by giving him a chance.

– Charlie's Chance

To donate to Charlie's page visit: Charlie's Chance


Race against time to save Cheshire teenager

A family from Chester is in a race against time to save their son's kidneys.

Matty Jones has dense deposit disease, an extremely rare condition which affects his kidneys and means they'll eventually stop working .

His family is campaigning for a drug to be made available which could save Matty.

More than 360,00 people have signed a petition in support.

Rachel Pritchard reports.

'Time running out' to save Cheshire teenager

The family of teenager from Cheshire with a life-threatening kidney condition say time is running out to help him.

15 year old Matty Jones suffers from a rare disease which is slowly eating away at his kidneys.

It's claimed Matty needs a drug called Eculizamab which costs £360,000 a year which isn't available on the NHS.

A petition was launched last year to force the government to review its policy and fund the treatment.


Teen who fell from building and is in a critical condition named as 14-year-old Kieron Simpson

Kieron Simpson, 14, is in a critical condition Credit: Lancashire Police

The teenager who is in a critical condition after falling from a disused school in Burnley has been named as 14-year-old Kieron Simpson. Kieron had fallen approximately 20ft from the roof of the disused Habergham High School in Burnley while playing with friends.

He was taken by ambulance to the Manchester Children’s Hospital suffering from a fractured skull and internal injuries.

Detective Inspector Alisa Wilson, of East CID, said:

This young man has suffered serious injuries and our thoughts are with him and his family and friends. While detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fall, at this stage there is nothing to suggest this was anything other than a tragic accident.

– Detective Inspector Alisa Wilson

Ruth England, the headteacher at Kieron's school, Shuttleworth College, said:

This is a very upsetting incident which has shocked all of us in the school. We have been in touch with Kieron's family to offer our support and let them know that we are all thinking of them and sending our very best wishes for a speedy recovery for Kieron.

– Ruth England, the headteacher at Kieron's school, Shuttleworth College

Man has 'life threatening' injuries following Gorton gas explosion

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The injuries suffered by the man in the gas explosion in Gorton have been described as ‘life threatening’.

Group Manager Paul Etches, who is in charge of the incident, told the Manchester Evening News:

We were called to incident after residents heard a large bang.

When the crew arrived they found a man who was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries.

Our Technical Response Unit is working to make the building safe as quickly as possible so firefighters can carry out a thorough search of the property.

Abbey Hey Lane will remain closed for some time, which is affecting the 7, 168 and 169 bus routes.

We’d like to thank residents for their patience while we work to resolve this incident.

– Paul Etches

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Salford ecstasy Girls: Two arrested have been bailed

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Salford precinct Credit: ITV

Two people arrested after three girls fell ill after taking ecstasy in Salford have been bailed.

Shortly before 9.50pm on Saturday 18 June 2016, police were called to Salford Precinct to reports that three girls aged 12 and from Salford, had taken ecstasy pills described as ‘Teddy Tablets.’

All three were taken to hospital. One girl will be discharged from hospital today and two remain in a stable condition.

A man aged 22 and a woman aged 21 were arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a controlled substance and bailed until 15 July 2016.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Walker, of GMP’s Salford Borough, said:

Sadly, three more young people, who are only 12-years-old, have taken ecstasy and ended up in hospital.

The girls took a type of ecstasy described as ‘Teddy Tablets.’ It is imperative young people understand the implications and avoid taking drugs, to stop any more young people ending up in hospital.

Over the past few months we have had the death of a 17-year-old girl and the hospitalisation of three young people, all after taking a variation of ecstasy.

We will continue to repeat our warnings in the hope that young people will think twice before taking drugs, after seeing the damage they cause to lives. People taking these drugs don’t know what they contain or what effect they will have. It’s not worth the risk of ending up in hospital or even suffering fatal consequences.

If anyone is in possession of these tablets, or other drugs, I would urge you to hand in to police, a chemist, or other medical practitioner immediately.

– Detective Chief Inspector Chris Walker

Anyone with information about where this drug may have come from is asked to contact police on 101 as soon as possible, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

For help or advice on all drugs Talk to Frank 0800 777 6600

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