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Mountain challenge for footballers wife

Charity events are a vital way to raise money for cancer research... and all sorts of people get involved. The wife of Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is the latest to do so. Carla Kompany was among a team who climbed Scotland's highest peak Ben Nevis. She and Rebecca Bishop from Macmillan Cancer Support talked about their adventure on Granada Reports.

MP Critical of mental health services in Liverpool

Liverpool MP Luciana Berger has criticised mental health services in the city. Figures revealed the group responsible, the CCG is reaching just 9 per cent of the population. Ms Berger, who's the Shadow Public Health Minister said she is ‘extremely troubled’ by how few people benefit from mental health services in Liverpool.

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Transplant games hits Bolton

Hundreds of athletes from across the country will gather in Bolton for the British Transplant Games. The Games started in 1978. This year's is the biggest with 750 athletes who've all had life saving transplants taking part.

Athletes prepare to race
750 athletes who've had transplants are expected to take part Credit: skv communications

Selection for Team Great Britain will take place after these Games, and the successful athletes will spend the next year training to compete at the World Transplant Games in Argentina next year.

Runners at Transplant Games
Credit: skv communications

“These are truly the friendly Games, demonstrating the success of transplantation, the joy of being alive and the opportunity to give thanks to the Donor families.

“We encourage everyone to discuss their wishes about organ donation with their families, without which none of us athletes would be here to compete to the best of our abilities."

– Andy Eddy, Chair of Transplant Sport

Catrin's recovery continues to amaze.

Catrin Pugh suffered 96 per cent burns, virtually her entire body, after an horrific coach crash in the French Alps. But she astounded doctors at Whiston Hospital, Merseyside, with her determination to get better. Its been a long hard road for Catrin having undergone 200 operations. But she's been to have a look behind the scenes at X factor and incredibly she's been back on the slopes, skiing.

Manchester named as heart disease capital of England

On average there are 980 deaths from the disease in Manchester each year
On average there are 980 deaths from the disease in Manchester each year Credit: Manchester Evening News

Manchester has the country’s highest rates for premature deaths from heart disease.

That’s according to new figures from the British Heart Foundation which show that on average there are 980 deaths from the disease in Manchester each year, including 374 premature deaths in people aged under 75.

Across Greater Manchester, around 6,900 people are dying from the disease every year and 300,000 people across the region are living with it.

In the UK league table the city is only second to Glasgow.

Researchers from the University of Manchester are attempting to bring down these figures
Researchers from the University of Manchester are attempting to bring down these figures Credit: Klaus Rose/DPA/Press Association Images

Researchers from the University of Manchester are attempting to bring down these figures by analysing data from local families to try to see how people’s genes affect their risk.

Our genes, sometimes we can’t change, can play a major role in this. We are committed to our research and hope that through finding the genes connected to cardiovascular diseases, including those that affect the very young, we can save thousands of lives.”

– Prof Bernard Keavney, British Heart Foundation professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Manchester

IVF money back guarantee for childless couples

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If IVF doesn't work couple could get money back Credit: PA

A fertility clinic in Manchester is the first to offer a money back guarantee if couples don't have a baby.

If three cycles of treatment are unsuccessful, couples could receive up to 70% of their money back. Those behind it say the programme will help people worried about the cost of repeating treatments.

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