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Son 'wants answers' about mother's care home death

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A man whose mother died at a care home in Sussex has said he wants answers about what happened to her.

78 year old Valerie Tilley was found dead at Longfield Manor in Billingshurst.

Her death is being investigated, along with that of 11 other people, after police raided the homes, all owned by the same company, Sussex Health Care (SHC).

SHC owns properties in East Grinstead, Horsham, Crawley, Uckfield, Henfield and Billingshurst.

They house 580 people who are not all elderly.

The 12 deaths took place between the spring of 2015 and spring this year.

Valerie's son Adrian says he's determined to find out why she died and why the home told him so little about her last days at Longfield Manor.

As John Ryall reports.

John spoke to Valerie's son, Adrian Tilley and Nadra Ahmed from the National Care Association.

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Woman regains use of hands after caring for rabbits

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A woman who rescued two rabbits says they "gave her her life back" after she regained the use of her paralysed hands after caring for them.

Marley-Belle Quaid from Guildford rehomed Woodstock and Wilfred who were rescued by the RSPCA.

Marley-Belle was confined to a wheelchair and unable to move her hands after a series of painful operations but had movement back in her wrists after six months.

Despite attempting physiotherapy, nothing had worked for the 32 year old.

The rabbits now have their own bedroom and a room filled with play furniture, such as hides, tunnels to simulate warrens, jumps and a hay pit, to keep them stimulated and happy.

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"The first time I saw them I knew I would do whatever it took to have them in my life. They had been found dumped in woods by a woman running a race, who found them matted and neglected. One of them, Woodstock, was tangled in a bramble bush."

"The pair were rescued by the RSPCA but spent a year in foster care because no-one wanted the hard work it takes to keep them groomed and tidy. Although I had help day-to-day, I didn't know how I was going to manage doing it myself when no-one was there because of my wrists but I wanted to make it work."

"Within six months, I had full, malleable wrists, I was grooming Wilfred and Woodstock by myself on my own lap and I could use scissors again. My surgeon was quite astounded I had the use that I had with my wrists again. These bunnies were a massive part of my recovery."

"Before I had to use my wheelchair all the time, because I couldn't use my hands to grip my crutches. That meant there were shops I couldn't go into or places I couldn't get to because I needed my crutches."

"Woodstock and Wilfred have given me so much more than love, they've given me independence and freedom."

– Marley-Belle Quaid, Owner

"Marley's story is a moving example of the power of pets to really change lives. When Marley adopted Wilfred and Woodstock she gave them the chance of a loving home and a happy future but these amazing rabbits have also given Marley her own life back. We know that the wonderful people who adopt rescue animals change the lives of those animals but pets have a real impact on our own health and wellbeing too, which is why the bond between owner and pet is so special."

– Dr Jane Tyson, RSPCA rabbit behaviour and welfare expert


Father's mission after losing wife and son

A father from Odiham in Hampshire who lost his wife and son to cancer is preparing to take on 10 marathons in 10 days - in their memory.

Mark Keville's wife Kate died from breast cancer. Four years later his son Robbie - who was 10 - died from a brain tumour.

Robbie was treated at Southampton Children's Hospital and now his father and brother Harry are raising money for a new outpatient rehabilitation service.

And they're being backed by ITV Newscaster Tom Bradby and explorer Bear Grylls. Richard Slee went to meet them.

More details about the 10 marathons on this link.

Kylie asks: just how safe is a sun tan?

This summer thousands of us are jetting off on holiday, with many hoping to come back with a tan.

But is that bronzed look really healthy - or are we increasing our risk of skin cancer by exposing our skin to too much sunshine?

On this evening's Tonight programme on ITV Kylie Pentelow investigates: how safe is a sun tan?


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