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South West families head to Westminster to demand more support for victims of contaminated blood

People in our region will launch a protest at plans to support victims of the contaminated blood scanda Credit: ITV News

The victims of contaminated blood and their families are in Westminster today to protest against Government plans to reform their financial support.

Around 6000 people across the country were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C from blood products given by the NHS during the 1970s and 80s.

There are calls in the House of Commons for more support for contaminated blood victims Credit: PA

Many of those affected were haemophiliacs - born with a condition which means that their blood does not clot properly, meaning any bleeding incident could potentially be fatal.

The protest comes ahead of a major Parliamentary debate this afternoon.


Norovirus closes three wards at Weston General Hospital

Three wards at the Weston General Hospital have been closed due to an outbreak of Norovirus.

Draycott, Berrow, and Kewstoke are all being affected.

People are being asked to stay away if they have any of the symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting in the last 48 hours.

Norovirus symptoms

  • suddenly feeling sick
  • projectile vomiting
  • watery diarrhoea
  • Some people also have a slight fever, headaches, painful stomach cramps and aching limbs

Hundreds turn out in Portishead for mother walking UK

What started out as a simple coffee morning in Portishead ended up attracting over two hundred people in support of the Elizabeth's Footprint campaign.

Somerset Hall, Portishead. Credit: ITV West Country

Five-year-old Elizabeth Spencer died at the Bristol Children's Hospital in December 2015, after succumbing to HLH - a rare autoimmune disorder. Her mother Natalia Spencer is walking the entire Great British coast in order to raise £100,000 for the hospital's Grand Appeal.

Elizabeth Spencer, aged 5. Credit: Family photo
Elizabeth spent 18 days unconscious in hospital. Credit: Family photo

Natalia began at Durdle Door in Dorset in February and aims to return there early next year.

Today's event in Portishead was partly organised by Heidi Loughlin, local cancer patient and blogger, whose illness led her to lose a child too. Heidi also hosted Natalia for two nights and joined her for the Portishead part of the walk.

To find out more about Natalia's journey, visit the Elizabeth's Footprint campaign page.

To read more about Heidi's time with Natalia, click here.

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