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This is the message pop superstar Katy Perry has sent to terminally ill girl Sophie Birtles from the Isle of Man. Sophie's dying wish was to receive a message from pop star Katy.

Pop superstar Katy Perry Credit: Pete ‎@LFC771/Twitter

This is the message pop superstar Katy Perry has sent to terminally ill girl Sophie Birtles from the Isle of Man. Sophie's dying wish was to receive a message from pop star Katy.

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Boxing clever for little Amber

A young mum from Liverpool is training for a very special challenge to raise funds for her daughter. At two-years-old, Amber Travers was in intensive care after contracting meningococcal septicaemia, a type of blood poisoning associated with the disease. Doctors had to take the difficult decision of amputating some of her limbs to save her life. Now her mum Vicky is taking part in a charity boxing match to raise money for research, and to help buy Amber, who's now 7, running blades.

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Lancashire Teaching Hospitals release statement on closure of Chorley and South Ribble A&E

NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, have said that the A&E department was closed temporarily on Monday because they were unable to staff the emergency department.

Hospital bosses said continuing to provide a service with not enough staff members posed an unacceptable risk to patient safety.

Three doctors have now been secured to fill half of the six staffing gaps.

Read the statement here:

The board, and all our staff, along with partner agencies, are absolutely committed to reinstating the emergency department at Chorley as soon as we have the sufficient staff to ensure we can provide a safe and sustainable service, and we are all working hard to make this happen.

We need at least 14 doctors to safely staff the departments across both hospitals, and currently have a gap of six.

Currently we have potentially secured three of the doctors we need, and there are further potential candidates we are actively pursuing.

Until we are in a position where we can reinstate the emergency department we are doing everything possible to make sure effective interim arrangements are in place so patients in both Chorley and Preston areas receive prompt and safe care - and those arrangements are currently working well.

– Stuart Heys, Chairman of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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