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Video report: Children go to school in pyjamas for charity

It was a special day for pupils at schools and nurseries in Bolton as they wore pyjamas all day.

The children in Little Lever were taking part in a special event called Goodnight to Brain Tumours.

It was in memory of six year old Jessica Green, who had a brain tumour and died a year ago. This from our correspondent Victoria Grimes:

For more information on the charity visit: Jessica's Fund

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70 pupils in isolation for refusing to remove Marie Curie daffodils from blazers

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The Liverpool Echo reports that around 70 pupils were put in ‘isolation’ at The Grange School in Runcorn after they refused to remove charity ribbons from their blazers.

One of the pupils reportedly called the Echo from the isolation unit but a member of staff told her to hang up.

She claimed that around 60-70 pupils were excluded from their classes and that one teacher wore a ribbon in solidarity.

Parents and pupils say Marie Curie ribbons are being worn because of the number of students whose parents or grandparents have suffered or died from cancer.

Granada Reports have contacted the school and are waiting for an official response.

Report: Diagnosing Cancer early

Many patients across the North West who go to their doctor with symptoms of cancer, are going far too late. Cancer Research UK says forty thousand people here are diagnosed each year.

Yet only just over half of them are catching the disease early enough. The charity's unveiled a disturbing TV ad urging people not to ignore lumps under their skin. Victoria Grimes has met someone who understands that all too well.

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Watch: 'The Lump' - New Cancer awareness video

Credit: Cancer Research UK

Nearly 40,000 people are diagnosed with Cancer in the north West every year.

Early diagnosis in the region is lower than the average for England, with only 52% diagnosed early compared with 54% in the rest of the country.

Cancer Research UK is running a month long campaign in March to encourage people to pay attention to lumps and bumps on their bodies.

This promotional video called 'The Lump' is aimed at getting people paying attention to the early signs of Cancer:

Former radiotherapist backs cancer lump campaign

Sisters Elizabeth and Amy Credit: Cancer Research UK

A former radiotherapist is backing a new cancer campaign that urges people to watch our for lumps and bumps.

Amy Horridge, who used to work at the hospital where she is now undergoing treatment, is keen to support the message.

She was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma after finding a lump on her neck.

Amy, who worked at the Rosemere Cancer Centre at Royal Preston Hospital, is now looking forward to completing her chemotherapy in time to marry British Aerospace engineer Toby Campbell in August.

I was getting ready to go out one night and just brushed my hand against a lump in my neck, around my left clavicle, about the size of a grape.

I realised something wasn’t right so, even though I felt well, I went to see my GP to get it checked out. He listened to my chest and also felt around my neck. That was when he discovered another, smaller lump on my right clavicle which I hadn’t noticed.

– Amy Horridge

Amy, who now works as a reception class teacher at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary in Preston, said her remaining lumps shrank to around half their size following the first couple of sessions of chemotherapy, and she now cannot feel them at all.

Amy’s sister Elizabeth is also supporting the campaign and will be running Race for Life, a series of 5K, 10K and Pretty Muddy events which raise money for cancer research, at Moor Park in Preston on 24 May.

We used to talk about red lights flashing when I worked as a radiotherapist, and there was definitely one flashing on this occasion. I didn’t feel right in myself.

Early diagnosis is really important. My consultant said I might have had cancer for a while, but I still feel like I caught it early.

He says to me during my fortnightly visits that we are 'going for a cure' which is reassuring as it shows that early diagnosis can change the overall outcome.The main thing now is that I finish my chemotherapy in time for my wedding in August.

– Amy Horridge

Cancer campaign: Watch out for lumps and bumps

Cancer Research urge people to watch out for lumps Credit: PA

Cancer Research is running a month-long campaign in the North West trying to get us to pay more attention to the development of unexpected lumps and bumps on our bodies.

The charity says 40- thousand people in the region are diagnosed with the disease each year.

Early diagnosis of cancer in the North West is lower than the average for England, with only 52 per cent diagnosed early, compared with 54 per cent for the rest of the country

Beckham gives Manchester United fan a day to remember

David Beckham made a cancer patient's dream come true. Credit: PA

David Beckham made a cancer patient's dream come true when he paid a surprise visit to meet the youngster.

Lloyd Burton, 11, from Shrewsbury, met the star while filming Stand Up To Cancer, the joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4.

The Manchester United fan had his own budding football career cut short when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour (medulloblastoma) in May last year.

Before his diagnosis, he had been scouted by Manchester United, Aston Villa, Port Vale and Shrewsbury for their junior teams. But following surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Lloyd now uses a wheelchair.

I had no idea that I was going to meet David Beckham, it was such a brilliant surprise.

"He was really nice and we chatted lots. He told me a bit about his family and other normal stuff and we talked about football quite a lot too. I love football and Beckham is one of my favourite players so I'll always remember that day."

– Lloyd Burton, Manchester United fan.

The meeting will be aired during Friday's Stand Up To Cancer TV show, starting at 7pm on Channel 4. For more information about the campaign, visit www.standuptocancer.org.uk

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