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Golfing challenge for ex-marine

A former marine who lost a leg while serving in Afghanistan, is taking on a huge challenge to raise money for someone he doesn't know. Keen golfer Aaron Moon from Bolton, will attempt to play continuously from sunrise to sunset. He's taking on challenge in support of Polly Haydock. The mother of three from Atherton has cancer and is trying to raise tens of thousands of pounds to pay for treatment in Germany.

Aaron Moon is aiming to complete the challenge without a break Credit: Aaron Moon (Twitter)

Polly was diagnosed with bowel cancer a year ago but received the terrible news in July that her stage four cancer has spread to her lymph nodes, liver and lungs. Click here to see an emotional thank you from Polly for the donations she's received so far. Click here for more on Polly's fundraising.

Watch: Therapy trialled in North West could help children with autism

It can be an incredibly challenging condition for a family to deal with - but could an experimental therapy offer hope of a breakthrough in the care of children with autism?

The trial in Manchester trained parents to communicate with their children in a different way and it's apparently helped reduce symptoms.

Experts say it's not a cure for autism, which affects one in 100 people, but it does have great potential. Ann O'Connor's been to meet one of the families involved.


Watch: Granddad from Merseyside in desperate plea for treatment

Steve with granddaughter Poppy Credit: Steve McGrath

A fundraising page has been launched to help a granddad from Merseyside get the treatment he desperately needs as he fights multiple sclerosis.

Steve McGrath, who's 57 and now needs to use a wheelchair, was first diagnosed with the disorder in 2009, but he does not meet the criteria necessary to receive stem cell treatment in the UK.

After being refused the treatment on the NHS, Steve has been accepted in Mexico.

His family are desperately trying to raise the funds before his condition deteriorates further.

His granddaughter, Poppy is making sure she does all she can to help him look on the bright side.

To find out more about Steve click here For advice and/or information about multiple sclerosis click here

Could music be beneficial to hospital patients?

Registered charity Music in Hospitals is on a mission to improve the quality of life for adults and children who are ill by playing them live music.

Performed live in hospitals, hospices, day care centres, special schools and care homes, Music in Hospitals say music has therapeutic benefits for patients.

Mel Barham visited them at work at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

For more information on Music in Hospitals go here: Music in Hospitals


Mum's petition for everyone to carry donor card

A mum from Lancashire who is campaigning for a change in the law on organ donation.

Five years ago, Natalie Kerr from Chorley underwent a life-saving double lung transplant at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester.

Now she is calling for the Government to change the law - to make us all organ donors unless we choose to opt out.

Rob Smith reports.

You can find out more about Natalie's petition here.

Woman calls for law change to encourage more organ donations

A woman who had a double lung transplant five years ago has started an online petition to increase the number of organ donors.

Natalie Kerr from Lancashire wants the government to introduce 'assumed consent', so people have to opt out if they don't want to donate.

I feel that it will save more lives, make it easier to talk about.

People may think that I'm forcing you to donate your organs when I'm not.

The reality is of the 500,000 people that die each year only 1% will be potential donors.

– Natalie Kerr

You can find out more about Natalie's petition here.

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