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Superhero challenge for cancer nurse

Stuart Holroyd has set himself a challenge for 2017. The cancer nurse from Bury, Greater Manchester, is taking on this year's Great Manchester Run to raise vital funds for the hospital ward he works on.

Stuart with 10 year old Mia Lindsley Credit: CMFT Manchester

Stuart has been a nurse on Ward 84, the regional centre for the treatment of childhood cancer, at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for the past eight years.

I’m not a runner by any stretch of the imagination, so this will definitely be a challenge for me, but knowing I’m running for such a good cause will spur me on. My aim is to try and raise as much money as possible for the Ward and to make my patients proud!

– Stuart Holroyd


North West Ambulance Service 'requires improvement'

The North West Ambulance Service has been told it 'requires improvement' in a new report by health watchdogs.

The trust say there are plans to continue to recruit paramedics from abroad to fill vacancies. Credit: Press Association

The report by the Care Quality Commission says the trust struggled with staffing levels, and expressed concerns the service couldn't meet the needs of patients. The trust say there are plans to continue to recruit paramedics from abroad to fill vacancies.

Nicola Kemp is from the Care Quality Commission and Derek Cartwright is Chief Executive of the North West Ambulance Service.

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Chorley's A&E is open again - but campaigners want a 24 hour service

The protesters chants turned to applause for the doctors and nurses returning to duty as a Lancashire Accident and Emergency unit re-opened.

Chorley's A&E had been closed in April because of a shortage of staff.

It's back in business, but not 24/7, which has left campaigners saying today was only a partial victory.

Here's Victoria Grimes with the story:

Lindsay Hoyle, the MP for Chorley, has been involved in efforts to get the the unit reopened.

He told Tony the campaign was 50% towards its goal:


Kym Marsh on playing a role very close to her heart

Millions of viewers tuned into ITV's Coronation Street to see actress Kym Marsh, who plays Michelle McDonald in the soap, tragically lose her baby. She's been talking about the harrowing issue of neo-natal death, something she herself experienced 8 years ago when she lost her baby son Archie.

There are a number of charities involved in providing support for people who've experienced neo natal death or stillbirth:

Kym spoke to Granada Reports about taking the difficult decision to tackle a storyline that she'd had experienced personally.

Follow the debate about stillbirth and neo-natal death on twitter on #breakingthesilence

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