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Hospice visit for football stars

Stars from Bolton Wanderers took time off from training to visit sick children at a Lancashire hospice. The club has long been associated with Derian House in Chorley. Players and club members met staff and patients. Midfielder Karl Henry said it was a very moving experience.


Children's mental health centre reopens with new look

The Winnicott Centre is Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service for children and young people in Central Manchester has got a makeover and will be opening today.

The centre was built in the early 80’s and has not been upgraded in any aspect since this time.

The environment was poor and furnishing outdated. Children and families who attend the centre have had very traumatic experiences and are under a level of distress.

The charity received a very generous donation of £200k from one of its major donors and fundraised a further £50k to complete this project.

The newly refurbished centre is now a more comfortable and welcoming space for all our children/young people and their families making their journey at the unit much more positive.

The Not only is the unit now more aesthetically pleasing, but waiting lists times for patients has also improved.

Judge rules in favour of pensioner's right to die

Salford Royal NHS Trust Credit: PA

A judge has given his ruling in a case which has divided a family over a pensioner's right to die.

The 72 year old woman was left in a minimally conscious state after suffering an aneurysm following a fall.

Doctors at the Salford Royal NHS Trust wanted artificial feeding to continue, a view supported by her sisters who hoped her condition would improve.

But the pensioner's daughters and partner disagreed.

A judge has concluded she would have found her "present circumstances" to be "not only intolerable but humiliating"

The judge ruled she would have viewed her "present high level of dependency and minimal awareness" to be a "travesty of life".

He said the pensioner's "incapacitous state" did not mean that her wishes could be "disregarded".

The judge had analysed evidence at a hearing in the Court of Protection, where issues relating to people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions are considered, in Preston, Lancashire, earlier this month.

He said the pensioner could not be identified but said bosses at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, in Greater Manchester, had asked for a ruling on whether life-support treatment should continue.

A lawyer who represented one of the pensioner's daughters said, following the publication of the judge's ruling on Monday, that there were no winners or losers.

Mathieu Culverhouse, who is based at law firm Irwin Mitchell said:

"In this case, after hearing all the evidence presented to the court by the family and medical experts, the judge has decided that withdrawing the life-sustaining treatment is in my client's mother's best interests given her current quality of life and her previously expressed wishes and feelings."

He added: "Whilst the court has dealt with the case very sensitively, my client and her sister have found it distressing and painful to have to go to court to fight for their mother's wishes to be respected, and they hope that in future a different way can be found to resolve cases such as this, so that other families do not have to go through the same ordeal."


Former footballer opens up about his 'paralysing' depression

Former Liverpool, Wigan and England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has been speaking about his struggle with depression.

He played for a string of North West clubs before walking away from the game because of mental health issues.

He revealed how some days he 'didn't want to wake up' and felt trapped and desperate. He says more support is vital for anyone suffering with depression and encouraged others to talk about the issue.

Children as young as 10 seeking help over suicidal thoughts

Children as young as 10 considering suicide Credit: PA

The charity Childline says it's seen a sharp rise in the number of children, some as young as ten, experiencing suicidal thoughts.

The charity is calling for more people to volunteer and potentially help save young people's lives

Childline carried out an average of 62 counselling sessions A DAY on suicide last year, as more young people reached crisis point and contacted the service for help.

The NSPCC's round-the- clock service delivered 22,456 counselling sessions - up 15 per cent from the previous year - who were tormented by suicidal thoughts.

One 14-year- old girl told a counsellor: "I want to end it tonight. I've written a suicide note and have everything ready."

At present Childline warns it only has the resources to be there for three in every four young people who reaches out for help.

Dame Esther Rantzen, the founder of Childline is visiting the charity's Manchester base today to highlight the issue.

Suicide is the third most common reason for girls to contact Childline, and the fifth most common for boys. Mental health issues, family relationships, and self-harm were the top

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