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A woman who had a double lung transplant is celebrating the fifth anniversary of her operation.

Young mother Natalie Kerr, from Adlington in Lancashire, is marking the milestone with a party to raise funds for Wythenshawe Hospital. Its a thank you for the care she's received there.

She wants people to think about becoming donors and says she sees the five years since the transplant as a bonus for her and her two children Brandon and Isabelle.

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Hate crime soars to record levels after Brexit vote

Record levels of hate crime were reported by most police forces in England and Wales in the aftermath of last year's EU referendum according to new analysis. Greater Manchester was one of three forces that recorded more than a thousand incidents in the three months up to September 2016. Provisional figures on hate crimes published by the Home Office in October 2016 suggested that offences in July 2016 were 41% higher than in the previous year.

GMP recorded more than a thousand hate crime incidents in the 3 months after the Brexit vote Credit: pa

A human rights organisation has said the country should prepare for the possibility of further spikes in offences once the Brexit process has begun.

It is clear a small minority of people used the Brexit vote to legitimise inexcusable racism and prejudice. We cannot allow such intolerable acts of hate to be condoned or repeated.

– David Isaac, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Could it be you? Time's running out for Wirral ticket to be claimed.

Could it be you? Winning ticket was bought on the Wirral Credit: PA

Merseyside’s Natasha Jonas, Britain’s first female Olympic boxer, is helping to track down a missing Lotto Millionaire Raffle winner who bought their ticket on the Wirral.

The £100,000 Lotto prize remains unclaimed and time is running out - the winner has just over one week left to claim the money.

The missing Lotto ticket is from the unique Team GB-inspired Lotto Medal Draw on 27 August 2016, which was held to thank National Lottery players for the support they have given Team GB through playing the lottery.

Birkenhead Venture Boxing Club had funding from National Lottery Credit: PA

The ticket is due to expire on 23 February 2017 The winning Lotto Millionaire Raffle code (worth £100,000) is GREY 5695 6430.1

Natasha was the first female British boxer to compete at an Olympic Games in 2012. Credit: PA

The extra Lotto draw on 27 August saw a total of 27 millionaires created to celebrate the 27 Gold medals won in Rio. In addition, 23 prizes of £100,000 to equal the Silver medal haul, of which the Wirral prize is one, and 17 additional prizes of £50,000 to match those Bronze medals won by Team GB were also up for grabs.

The National Lottery has invested over £5 billion in grassroots sport to date, with Birkenhead Venture Boxing Club just one of those that has benefitted. The club, which trains both amateur and professional boxers, many of whom have gone on to represent Great Britain, received £85,000 in National Lottery funding to allow it to extend and improve its current gym.

British athletes have won over 700 Olympic and Paralympic medals since National Lottery funding was first awarded to elite athletes in 1997.

The Venture is a vital lifeline for so many young people - says Natasha Credit: PA

Now retired from Boxing, Natasha spends her time promoting the importance of sport and healthy lifestyles to schoolchildren. She says:

The funding which The National Lottery provides for Olympic athletes is amazing and many of our sportsmen and women would not be able to fulfill their Olympic dreams without this funding channel.

It is also great to see the National Lottery funding which is being put into facilities such as The Venture, which does so much great work for the local community and is a vital lifeline for so many young people – but relies entirely on charitable donations.

I would personally like to urge people across the Wirral to search for any missing Lotto tickets from this very memorable draw so they too could be a winner and have their life changed.”

– Natasha Jonas

The club solely relies on charitable donations. The funding we received from The National Lottery has allowed us to extend the gym and improve our facilities.

In addition to the boxers training for competitions we also have a strong community facility, bringing in males and females of all ages and fitness levels, encouraging them to keep fit and healthy through taking part and learning the skills of boxing.

We are delighted to support the hunt and hope we find that lucky ticket-holder. As a club we already feel like lottery winners due to the National Lottery funding we have enjoyed, now let’s find that other lottery winner in the Wirral.

– Sean Trodden, Head Coach

We’re eager to find the Wirral’s mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings – this amazing prize could really make a huge difference to somebody’s life. Team GB’s success in Rio, when their haul was a whopping 67 medals, was outstanding and worthy of celebration with an extra special Lotto draw, now we just need to find the Wirral’s winner to help them celebrate their own win!”

– Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery

If no one comes forward with the winning ticket before the prize claim deadline, then the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated, will go to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK. The National Lottery changes the lives of individuals as well as communities – players raise, on average, over £30 million for National Lottery-funded projects every week.

With all National Lottery draws, players have 180 days from the day of the draw to claim their prize if they have the winning ticket. Anyone who has any queries or who believes they have the winning ticket for any of the National Lottery draws within the 180-day deadline should call theNational Lottery Line on0844 338 7551 or emailhelp@national-lottery.co.uk

Anyone concerned about lost or unchecked tickets may like to consider either setting up a National Lottery Direct Debit or playing online at www.national-lottery.co.uk. Numbers can be entered in advance and lucky winners are notified online if their numbers come up. For further information call 0845 912 5000 or visit www.national-lottery.co.uk.

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