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Specially trained horses help boy with autism

Just a year ago Ollie Wilson's family say they were hardly able to lead a normal life. Ollie who is 6 years old is autistic. Typical days out were nearly impossible and his parents thought he would be moved to a special school.

But all that changed when Ollie's family discovered the charity Horseshoes and Handprints in Somerset - and for the first time in his life, Ollie even smiled. Ellie Barker has the story.

Horse charity changes life of autistic boy

Ollie Wilson, who is autistic, at "Horses and Handprints"
The charity "Horses and Handprints" in Ilminster has transformed the life of six-year-old Ollie Wilson Credit: ITV News Westcountry

A charity in Somerset has completely changed the life of a six-year-old autistic boy.

Ollie Wilson's parents said days out were almost impossible because of their son's behavioural difficulties. But with the help of Horseshoes and Handprints near Ilminster, they've seen him smile for the first time.

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Parents protest at school's iPad plan

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iPads are used widely in schools Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Parents at a Dorset school have started a protest campaign after being asked to pay £400 for iPads for their children.

A letter was sent out by Gryphon School in Sherborne recommending that pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 should buy iPads for use from September.

Following complaints the school has said that this is not a "requirement" but is "entirely optional."

Bristol teenagers warned about the dangers of skin cancer

Teenagers across Bristol are being warned about the dangers of sunburn and skin cancer.

Skin cancer cases have tripled in the city in the last five years. Secondary schools are using a short film by the Teenage Cancer Trust to educate students about ways to stay safe. It's the last full week of term before the school summer holidays begin.

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Jane Austen waxwork unveiled in Bath

The Jane Austen Centre in Bath will be unveiling a waxwork of the author which they believe is the closest likeness since she was alive nearly 200 years ago.

A portrait of the novelist will appear on £10 notes from 2017 Credit: Laura Lean/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The waxwork is the result of a three year project, and was modelled using eye-witness accounts, a forensic artist and a BAFTA award-winning costume designer.

Learning about World War One through song

A charity from Bath is hoping to bring generations together across the country to commemorate World War One.

The Golden-Oldies charity - which counts Sir Cliff Richard as its patron - has helped thousands of elderly people overcome loneliness and isolation through music and song.

Now they are taking their mission into primary schools, as Eli-Louise Wringe reports.

Golden Oldies teach wartime songs to children

Many of the youngsters dressed up in wartime costume for their special singing session Credit: ITV News West Country

A Bath charity is bringing generations together to commemorate World War I. Golden Oldies has helped thousands of elderly people overcome loneliness through music and song.

This year they're teaching famous wartime songs to primary school children across the country.

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