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Kent pair help Sussex charity - in The Gambia

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Two women from Kent have just returned from a trip to one of the smallest countries in Africa. They went to The Gambia for a small charity in Sussex which is helping to educate and get healthcare to children.

David Johns reports, speaking to volunteer Jane Barlow and nurse Charlotte Barnett.

There's more information about the charity, BACE, at www.bacecharity.org.uk or on Jane's blog at http://someoneelsesshoesblog.com/You can also donate by texting BACE13 followed by your amount (eg £5, £10) to 70070.

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Speech therapists turn their advice into a book

Speech book writers
The Spires Speech and Language Therapy Team who have put together the handbook Credit: NHS

The speech therapy team from Salisbury District Hospital have written up their years of experience and knowledge into a handbook for families across the country.

The book draws on expert knowledge and provides advice for families and teachers on how to help their child with cleft lip and palate speech disorders.

Speech therapist Ginette Phippen, the brainchild behind the book, said: “The regional Spires Cleft Centre based in Salisbury and Oxford is one of 10 specialist centres in the country.

"The centre provides specialist treatment to around 100 new babies a year and overtime we’ve built up a wide range of knowledge which has informed clinical practice across the country.

"The aim of the book was to pool all our experience and expertise with best practice from other centres across the country and collate this in one easy-to-use handbook.”

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Living with an incurable disease

More than 1000 people in the South East are living with a condition that has no cure - multiple sclerosis. The disease is related to the nervous system and affects people differently. Some struggle to walk whilst others have vision or speech problems.

The Kent MS Centre in Canterbury has been offering support and therapies to ease the symptoms of MS for the last thirty years. Now, the charity has raised 1.6 million pounds to build a new bigger and better therapy centre - which will open by the end of 2014.

In this clip, two of the current members and fundraisers talk about living with MS and what the new centre means for them. Mary is a young mum from Ashford. Amy from Dover was diagnosed at the age of 15 and is training to be a nurse.

Big plans for new therapy centre

Work is underway to build a new therapy centre for people living with multiple sclerosis. For 30 years, a centre in Canterbury has been supporting those affected by the condition. But it was struggling to cope with increased demand for its services. So a decision was taken to expand.

It's taken fundraisers 15 years to raise the 1.6 million pounds needed to fund the new centre. Manager Karen Middlemiss explains what it means for people in Kent.

New hope for people living with MS

Every week 50 people will be diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis - a disease that has no cure. It affects people in different ways - memory loss, vision problems and some struggle to walk. For the last 30 years, one charity in Kent has been supporting those who are coping with the condition.

And now they're starting to build a new therapy centre. Our reporter Nashreen Issa went to see the centre and spoke to fundraiser Mary Daly, centre manager Karen Middlemiss and some of the members of the group in Canterbury.

The life blood of the health service

This band of bikers includes an engineer, a businessman and a former police officer but they are not just easy riders. They work together delivering urgently-needed blood and medical supplies to hospitals. The 140 volunteers work for free during the night and on weekends.

Our reporter Nashreen Issa has been out with the charity called SERV. She talks to biker Graham Perrin and Angela Green from East Kent Hospitals. Also featured are Caitlin and Alison Kydd who meet the chairman of the group Arthur Godden.

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