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Grandmother returns to Africa in fight against Ebola

A grandmother from North Yorkshire is planning to return to Western Africa to continue her fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak.

Cokie van der Velde with her grandchildren in North Yorkshire

Cokie van der Velde is currently enjoying time with her family at Whicksley in North Yorkshire. She works for the charity Medicine San Frontier and last month she was thousands of miles away helping doctors to combat Ebola virus in Liberia and Guinea. Despite all the risks, Cokie will return there in September.

Cokie van der Velde with her fellow aid workers
Despite the risk to her own safety, Cokie van der Velde is returning to Africa to try and save more lives

Exercise scheme for MS Parkinson's and stroke sufferers

A new supervised exercise course is being launched to help people in Hartlepool who are dealing with the effects of Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s or a stroke.

The course is part of Hartlepool Council’s Exercise for Life programme.

It is designed to help people with these conditions increase their mobility, strength and overall physical health.

The taster session will be on Thursday June 5 at Brierton Sports Centre from 12-1pm.

Around The House: the new world of private pensions

Anyone planning for retirement - or just about to retire - will still be taking in the monumental changes to private pensions announced in the Budget.

Teesside Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop and North Yorkshire Conservative Anne McIntosh joined Helen Ford to discuss the reforms, on this month's political programme from Westminster:

The next edition of Around The House is on Thursday 15th May.


Around The House: treatment decisions for the NHS

The new head of the NHS began his task with a visit to our region this week.

Our political programme Around The House looked at one of the most sensitive subjects facing the health service: how to decide on the prescribing of treatments, while ensuring the best use of resources.

Helen Ford and a panel of MPs discussed the proposed guidelines, which have just gone out to consultation:

The next edition of Around The House is on Thursday 15th May.

Around The House: Tonight at 11:40pm

Topical debate from Westminster with the region's MPs Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

On this week's Around The House, we debate the Chancellor's promise to work towards full employment. Helen Ford is joined by the Stockton South Conservative MP James Wharton, the Berwick Liberal Democrat Sir Alan Beith and the Labour MP for the City of Durham, Roberta Blackman-Woods.

We also explore the implications of radical changes to pensions. Are the consequences of the Coalition's reform plans any clearer?

Join Helen and her guests tonight at 11:40pm

Pensions: How will the Budget changes affect us?

Experts are still poring over the radical reforms to private pensions, announced in the Budget.

Ending the legal requirement to buy an annuity - which provides a guaranteed income for life - is a landmark change, allowing individuals to use their pension pot as they wish.

On tonight's Around The House, Helen Ford talks to Teesside Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop and North Yorkshire Conservative Anne McIntosh, and asks how people will be encouraged to manage their retirement income:

You can see the full interview on Around The House tonight, Thursday 3 April, at 11.40pm on ITV.

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