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Charity Guide Dogs to be helped by Text Santa

New guide dogs in training in Liverpool Credit: ITV News

Every hour, someone in the UK loses their sight and Guide Dogs is there to support them every step of the way.

180,000 people with sight loss rarely leave home alone. Guide Dogs offers services to tackle this issue, empowering people who are blind or partially sighted to live life as they choose. This includes the guide dog service.

Guide dogs can transform the lives of those who are blind or partially sighted, helping them to achieve independence.

Naomi Ditchfield from Liverpool has had her dog Dixie for 18 months. She said: ‘’Dixie is my best friend. I can rely on her totally. It’s like a new lease of life for me.’’

Naomi with Dixie Credit: ITV News

Dixie was trained at a Guide Dogs training centre in Knotty Ash in Liverpool.

Guide dog trainers in Liverpool put new recruits Archie and Alfie through their paces Credit: ITV News
Text Santa 2014

You can find out more about the charities being helped by this year’s Text Santa by clicking here.

Teacher stabbed to death honoured in home town

A teacher who was stabbed to death in her classroom by one of her pupils is being honoured tonight in her home town in the North West. Ann Maguire was 61 and just months from retiring when she was killed as she taught at a secondary school in Leeds in April. Ann was born and brought up in Wigan. And now her sisters have created a permanent memorial to her in the town she loved. A special tribute has been unveiled at the park where she worked at an ice cream parlour.

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Impact of air traffic control computer glitch on NW

Pictures: Manchester bound flight diverted to Brussels

Manchester bound flight diverted to Brussels on return from Turkey Credit: ITV Granada

Passengers on board a flight from Istanbul to Manchester have been diverted to Brussels due to the technical failure at Nats. They'e been told it will be at least another hour before they can resume their return back to Manchester.

Passengers on board Turkish flight returning to Manchester diverted to Brussels Credit: ITV Granada
Passengers told they will be delayed for at least one hour Credit: ITV Granada

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Manchester Airport issue advice over flight delays

Due to an issue at the UK’s air traffic control centre in Swanwick, the whole country is currently facing issues with flights heading south and east.

We are working closely with the National Air Traffic Service (NATS) and our airlines to assess the impact of the situation. Airspace is open but flights might be subject to delays.

Passengers should check in as normal, but be aware delays may be in place. Anyone with specific travel queries should contact their airline.”

– Manchester Airport spokesperson
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