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Are you going to run off those extra pounds this Christmas?

With Christmas fast approaching, are you worried about putting on a few extra pounds?

Maybe you should think about joining the Saturday morning running revolution as a way of keeping trim.

All over the country, people are signing up to parkrun. More are expected to start in the new year. Malcolm Robertson reports.

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Sarah owes her life to best friend Claire

They say a friend in need is a friend indeed. But how far would you go to help your best pal?

One mother from Faversham in Kent says she owes her life to her best friend. Sarah Collins was devastated when she was diagnosed with aggressive bowel cancer and was preparing for an early death.

But her friend Claire refused to let her go. She fought tooth and nail to get Sarah the treatment she needed. Now the pair have celebrated Sarah's recovery by opening a new cancer charity shop in Canterbury. Andrea Thomas reports.


Norovirus closes two hospital wards

Two wards have been closed Credit: Meridian

People are being advised to take stringent hygiene precautions, after norovirus – the ‘winter vomiting bug’ – led to the closure of two wards at Southampton General Hospital.

Patients and visitors should avoid coming to the hospital unless it is absolutely necessary, to help prevent the bug spreading.

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Nine-year old girl raises awareness of eye cancer

She was just seven months old when she lost her eye to a rare form of cancer. Now, nine year old Kate Bravery from Chatham is raising awareness of the disease. Retinoblastoma mainly affects children under the age of six and the symptoms can often go unnoticed. Tom Savvides talks to Kate, her mother Jenny Bravery and Julie Firth from the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust.

Fresh inquiry into deaths at War Memorial Hospital

Their loved ones died at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital over fifteen years ago, and ever since they've been searching for answers.

Today a far reaching Independent Investigation has been launched by the Government to try and finally discover the truth into what happened to 92 elderly patients who died after being treated there.

It will be chaired by the former Bishop of Liverpool, who recently oversaw the Hillsborough inquiry. He'll be supported by medical experts, an investigative journalist and a former Scotland Yard commander.

Our Correspondent, Andrew Pate, has covered the story since the start, and reports on the latest developments.


'I feel lucky to be alive' Alex's remarkable story of recovery after a devastating illness - Exclusive

Alex Lewis has been sharing his story about how a devastating illness changed his life forever

A man whose arms and legs were amputated to save his life after he contracted a devastating illness, has said he feels lucky to be alive.

Alex Lewis, a man in his thirties from Hampshire with a young family, thought he had just caught a cold. However, it turned out he had a case of the rare condition Strep A Toxic Shock Syndrome.

The father-of-one is now devoting much of his time to raising money to pay for artificial limbs, so he can regain his mobility and independence. He is also raising funds through the Alex Lewis Trust for the hospitals which treated him.

In an exclusive report - Kerry Swain has been talking to a very brave and remarkable man.

Alex Lewis has shared a detailed account of his story and his campaign on his website.

Alex Lewis before he became ill

Hampshire amputee launches campaign to raise money for artificial limbs

A man who lost his arms and legs after contracting a severe infection has launched a campaign to raise money for artificial limbs.

Alex Lewis from Hampshire, says the NHS can't provide him with the very best prosthetics that he feels would help him regain his mobility and independence. He believes new limbs will cost him a million pounds over his lifetime. He's also collecting money for the hospitals that helped to save his life.

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