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Investigation into charity cold calling

92 year old Olive Cooke received 200 begging letters a month Credit: SWNS

UK charities could be breaking the law by calling the vulnerable and asking for money.

There are calls for 'Olive's Law' - to protect the most vulnerable from receiving cold calls. An undercover investigation carried out by a national newspaper claims the NSPCC, British Red Cross and Oxfam are all breaking the law by calling people on the Government's no-call register to ask for charitable donations. The charities will be investigated by the Information Commissioner's Office.

Olive Cooke, Britain's longest-serving poppy seller, fell to her death at Avon Gorge in Bristol two months ago, aged 92. She was found to have had direct debits to 27 charities and had told friends that she was receiving up to 200 begging letters a month.

Save the Children are expected o become the first charity to ban cold calling.


Bristol burns research boost

Nurses at the Children's Hospital in Bristol have received funding to reseach the emotional effects of burns injuries. The team have been given £14,647 from Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

They will use the money to fund a study of patients experiences of burns care and their psychological needs after treatment. They will also investigate the impact on their families.

Karen Coy, senior research nurse at the Healing Foundation Children's Burns Research Centre at BRHC, said:

“This is a great opportunity, provided by the Roald Dahl Marvellous Children’s Charity, to allow nurses to lead their own research projects and focus on an area of children’s healthcare that is less understood and researched, to implement changes which go on to improve care for this group of children.”

– Karen Coy

Hospital attack victim was 'wonderful father and grandfather'

Kenneth Tyrer flew fighter jets in World War Two Credit: Family photo

The family of a war veteran who died after being attacked at a Somerset hospital have paid an emotional tribute to him.

90-year-old Kenneth Tyrer suffered from dementia, and was allegedly pushed to the ground by a fellow patient at Yeovil District Hospital. He died two days later.

"He was a wonderful father and grandfather and he will be missed dearly. We now wait for the results of the investigation."

– Kenneth Tyrer's family
Kenneth Tyrer in his younger days Credit: Family photo

Police are investigating, and the hospital is also carrying out an internal investigation.

Police investigate Yeovil 'hospital attack' on war hero

The attack reportedly happened at Yeovil District Hospital. Credit: ITV News

Police are investigating the death of an elderly man who was allegedly attacked on a hospital ward by a fellow patient.

The man has been named by the Daily Mail as former Second World War fighter pilot Kenneth Tyrer, 90.

The hospital is also carrying out an internal investigation following his death at Yeovil District Hospital last weekend.

Mr Tyrer, who was suffering with dementia, is said to have died two days after being pushed to the ground.

His son Bill Tyrer, 58, told the paper he felt the hospital should take "some responsibility".

"We are working closely with the police and the coroner's office following the death of a patient (during the weekend). We are also carrying out our own internal investigation.

Our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time."


"We are investigating the circumstances around the death of a man at Yeovil Hospital. The hospital is helping us with our inquiries."

– Avon and Somerset Police


Swindon woman gets her heart's desire - a transplant

Stacie Pridden making her Valentine's day appeal for a donor Credit: Stacie Pridden

A young woman from Swindon who has been waiting for vital organ transplants since she was 21 has finally had the life-saving operation.

On Valentine's Day, 24-year-old Stacie Pridden made a plea for a donor.

She is now recovering from a double lung and heart transplant in a Cambridge hospital.

You can find out more about Stacie's story and her "Give your heart" campaign here.

Family reaction to nurse's not guilty verdict

Joshua Gafney from Yeovil died after taking a fatal overdose of his medication in 2012 Credit: SWNS

The family of a young man from Somerset, who died after taking a fatal overdose of his anti-psychotic medication say they are devastated that Amanda Young, the nurse accused of his manslaughter has been found not guilty.

They are also calling for an apology from Amanda Young's employer, Somerset Partnership NHS Trust.

22-year-old Joshua Gafney died at his home in Yeovil in 2012.

Det Sgt Robert McGhee from Avon and Somerset Police read out their statement outside Bristol Crown Court, where the not guilty verdict was given.

We still do not understand why Somerset Partnership NHS Trust, who employed Amanda Young, have not apologised to us or accepted responsibility for Josh's death. As a family we are devastated with the not guilty verdict. Joshua was taken away from us. We really wanted justice for him.

– Joshua Gafney's family

Always clean your plate: pregnant Bristolian can't stop eating soap

Time for dinner! Jess Gayford says she regularly eats both bars and liquid soap. Credit: Klaus Rose/DPA/Press Association Images

A Bristol mum-to-be is becoming an internet sensation with her bizarre pregnancy craving - she says she can't stop eating soap.

26-year-old Jess Gayford is almost eight months pregnant with her second child and regularly eats both bars and liquid soap. She and her partner have been told that the soap won't harm their unborn baby.

Eating non-food substances like soap is a recognised condition called pica.

Nurse found not guilty of patient manslaughter

Amanda Young (left) arriving at court today. Credit: ITV News

A nurse accused of killing a patient with an overdose of medication has been found not guilty at Bristol Crown Court today.

Amanda Young, 40, from Yeovil, had pleaded not guilty to manslaughter by gross negligence for administering a lethal overdose of clozapine to 22-year-old Joshua Gafney in 2012.

Joshua Gafney died in 2012. Credit: SWNS
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