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  1. Victoria Grimes, ITV News

Centre will bring new support for cancer patients and their families

A new centre is being built at the renowned Christie hospital to help people diagnosed with the disease.

Around 60,000 people are expected to use it ever year.

The Maggies Centre will provide emotional suppport to family and friends as well as patients themselves.

From the Christie in Manchester, Victoria Grimes reports:

Pictured: The £6m cancer support centre which will help tens of thousands

How the new centre will look when it's opened next year.

Building work has begun on a new Cancer support centre to open at The Christie hospital in Manchester.

The Maggies Centre will provide free emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends.

The Centre, designed by world famous, Stockport-born architect Lord Norman Foster will be the charity's largest Centre to date and is expected to receive visits from 60,000 people a year from across the region.

VIPs gather as the frame for the building is put in place.
The building is designed by Lord Foster.


5 yr old girl's quick thinking spearheads lifesaving campaign

A little girl who saved her mum’s life by calling 999 when she was only five is the face of a campaign to teach children to call the emergency services. Elleemae Addison was at home in Warrington with her mum and baby sister when her mother had an epileptic fit.

Elleemae was able to dial 999, as her mum had told her to, and call paramedics to the house. Now a recording of the call is being used in a new ilm aimed at teaching children about calling 999 in the event of an emergency. Listen to Elleemae's call here.

Baby Caitlin kept chilled to save her life

A baby girl, from Lancashire, was put into an induced state of hypothermia as doctors battled to save her life after her brain was starved of oxygen at birth. Caitlin Kellie-Jones was taken from her parents and put in special cooling wrap as soon as she was delivered.

Caitlin had a type of birth asphyxia known as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. The treatment worked and the family are now back home in Chorley. Mum Nicola and Dad Paul said they worried for a long time that Caitlin would not survive.

  1. Ashley Derricott, ITV News

Awareness campaigners tell of Parkinsons 'hostility'

People with Parkinsons in the North West say they feel isolated and invisible because of the way they're treated by other people.

Over half of people with Parkinson's surveyed in the North West have experienced hostility and rudeness from members of the public - according to data released today by Parkinson's UK.

Parkinson's affects 127,000 people in the UK, and an estimated 14,000 in the North West.


Home of the Whopper - how Harley weighed in near to 12lbs....and mum had no pain relief!

Home of the Whopper - Credit: Ross Parry

One of the heaviest babies in Britain has been born - to a mum who asked for NO pain relief.

Danielle Davies from Morecambe gave birth to Harley, who arrived at more than 11lbs, following an eight-hour labour.

Danielle had insisted on a natural birth - not realising she was about to deliver such a massive baby.

Midwives were so shocked they had to weigh him twice.

Newborn Harley from weighs 11lb 5oz, and already fits into clothes designed for babies aged three to six months.

New mum Danielle, 21, said: ''All the midwives couldn't believe how big he was, he was the talk of the hospital.

''They had to put him on the scales a number of times, they said he was difficult to weigh because it was off their official charts.''

Danielle, who already has a 19-month-old daughter Layla, stunned staff during the eight hour natural birth, which she managed to endure without any pain relief despite pushing for two hours.

She said: ''I just cant believe I did it on gas and air, I keep wondering how I managed.''

Baby Harley was born at 1.13am on April 10.

Dad Daniel Goldstone, 23, a security guard, said: 'I was nervous because Danielle was in so much pain and it shocked me but I wasn't expecting my son to be so big.

'I'm proud of her and all the staff were brilliant.'

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