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Teenager "amazed" by response to song she wrote for mum she lost to cancer

A teenage girl says she's amazed by the response to the song she wrote for her mum who she lost to cancer.

Caitlin Burke, 16, from Leigh, wrote the song for her mum Carolyn who died in May after a two-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was just 45.

After sharing a video of herself singing Not That Far Apart on Facebook, it has now been viewed more than 35,000 times.

Canoeing against cancer – Judge Rinder leads the way

The canoeing Judge joins challenge to stand up to cancer Credit: ITV Granada

A team of cancer survivors and celebrities including Judge Rinder and Anthea Turner have set off on a 120 mile, 5-day canoe challenge from Chester to Liverpool to raise funds for Stand Up To Cancer.

David Sing, a cancer survivor from Merseyside, took part in the challenge.

Survivor David Sing from Merseyside joins challenge Credit: ITV Granada

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Johnny Vegas supports cancer care centre

Vegas at the site of the new cancer hospital. Credit: Mike Ledward

Comedian Johnny Vegas was in Liverpool today as building work began on Liverpool's first specialist cancer hospital.

Vegas was joined by ex-Everton player Ian Snodin at the site of the new Clatterbridge Cancer Centre on West Derby Street.

The new centre will provide highly-specialist chemotherapy and other drug therapies, radiotherapy, inpatient care, outpatients, cancer support and rehabilitation, bone marrow transplant, a teenage and young adult unit, and urgent cancer care.

The new hospital will be in addition to the centre's existing hospitals in Wirral and Aintree.

"The new hospital is absolutely vital. It may not have affected you, but with cancer we know at some point it will and this hospital will help transform cancer care, not only for our families but for families in the future."

– Johnny Vegas

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