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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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Bristol second worst city for social isolation

Loneliness can damage physical and mental health.
Loneliness can damage physical and mental health. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Bristol is the second worst city in the country for social isolation according to a recent report.

Loneliness can damage both mental and physical health. Social groups have been set up across the city set up to help lonely people meet others and find new interests.

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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.

Petition for Men B vaccine to be available on NHS

A Gloucestershire MP is calling for a vaccination against a potentially deadly form of meningitis to be available on the NHS.

Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has told Parliament that the Bexsero vaccine for Menengitis B was licensed last year, but was turned down by an NHS committee because it is not considered cost-effective.

He received a petition from Gloucestershire grandparents, who lost their 19-year-old grand-daughter to the disease.

Mother meets with hospital to discuss disabled parking

The mother of a severely disabled child is calling on a hospital trust to rethink its new parking arrangements after claiming she was turned away during a visit there.

Sandra Tomlinson-Cray says provision at Bristol Children's Hospital for people like her daughter is woefully inadequate. Her campaigning has now won her a meeting with the hospital's chief executive. Richard Payne reports.

Meningitis campaigner is awarded honorary degree

Steve Dayman, meningitis campaigner, receiving honorary doctorate from University of Bristol Credit: Ede and Ravenscroft

A meningitis campaigner who lost his three-year-old son to the disease, has received an honorary degree for his work.

Steve Dayman has spent 30 years campaigning about Meningitis. He accepted his doctorate from the University of Bristol this morning.

Professor Adam Finn, Steve Dayman and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Eric Thomas Credit: Ede and Ravenscroft
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