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Mother's life-saving work born out of son's tragic death

Five years ago, Darran Saunders lost her son Connor when he was fatally injured in an unprovoked attack.

But Darran, from Woodingdean in Sussex, vowed that something positive must come out of the tragedy.

Her tireless fundraising has provided life-saving equipment and training for more than sixty schools and sports clubs.

Now, Darran has been nominated for a Pride of Britain regional award, as Malcolm Shaw reports.



Jessica, 22 and bedridden, helps ill children

At the age of 14, Jessica Taylor was struck down with ME. It left her bedridden and confined to her room. But, with the help of her sister, Jessica launched her own fundraising charity called Share a Star to help ill children. She is now 22 and still unable to sit up; even moving from her bed to a chair requires the use of a hoist.

Share a Star aims to make children who are in hospital feel special and sends them packs of goodies to relieve boredom.

A team of runners, including Jessica's sister, Ruby, and her brother, Tom, has run the Bupa Great South Run to raise funds for Share A Star. David Johns reports.

Tina tries to improve quality of life for patients

When her husband died of lung cancer, Tina Wellman-Hawke set out to do all she could to help improve the quality of life for other patients. The result is a charity that's so far raised more than a quarter of a million pounds to fund treatment and research. And Tina's been able to judge the improvements because, by cruel irony, her sister has also been diagnosed with cancer. Richard Jones has more on Tina's story.

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