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Cancer mum's charity appeal passes target 60x over

Mum Heidi with little Ally Credit: Heidi Loughlin

A charity webpage set up by a cancer patient from Portishead has passed its target 60 times over.

Heidi Loughlin discovered she had an aggressive form of breast cancer when she was 20 weeks pregnant. She knew her baby would have to be born early to allow for her to have potentially life-giving treatment and that she would be cared for in an incubator.

She also knew she would lose her hair to chemotherapy so she and a friend decided to have their heads shaved for Bristol's St Michael's Hospital Cots for Tots appeal.

That was where the fundraising started and it has since mushroomed.

Raised so far
Original £200 target

Despite Heidi putting off treatment to give her unborn baby the best start in life, daughter Ally Louise Smith was born by Caesarian on 11 December, weighing just 2lb 5oz. She passed away on Saturday 19 December.

Read: Heidi has written a moving tribute to baby Ally.

The fundraising continues - you can find out more here.

Heidi Loughlin "over-joyed" at arrival of baby daughter and ready to begin fight against cancer

A mother from Portishead who has given birth 12 weeks prematurely so she can begin treatment for breast cancer today told ITV News she is over-joyed at the arrival of her daughter.

Heidi Loughlin spoke to us from her hospital bed in Southmead just days after successfully giving birth to Ally Louise. She was offered a termination so she could start intensive chemotherapy immediately but made the decision to continue with the pregnancy for as long as possible and delay her treatment.

She's been speaking with our correspondent Robert Murphy.


Mum will give birth prematurely today for cancer fight

A pregnant woman is due to give birth to her baby 12 weeks prematurely today - so that she can begin treatment for breast cancer.

Heidi Loughlin is giving birth 12 weeks early Credit: Heidi Loughlin

Heidi Loughlin, from Portishead, has a rare and aggressive form of the disease.

Doctors have recommended that she undertake intensive therapy, which could save her life, but would put the baby's health at risk. For months she's put her life at risk to save the life of her baby.

Credit: Heidi Loughlin

Heidi is a serving officer with the Metropolitan Police and has two boys aged one and two with her partner.

Initially she decided to have a less dangerous form of chemotherapy to give her baby the best chance of survival because she had already bonded with the child.

But her initial treatment failed prompting doctors to bring her birth forward.

Credit: Heidi Loughlin


West Country double in women's gymnastics

Gymnast Claudia Fragapane, who is from Portishead, won gold in the women's individual all-around event Credit: PA

There has been more West country success at the Commonwealth games. In gymnastics, Portishead's Claudia Fragapane won gold in the women's individual all-around event.

Ruby Harrold from Bristol claimed silver and Hannah Whelan bronze as England filled every step on the podium.

England gymnasts Ruby Harrold (silver), Claudia Fragapane (gold) and Hannah Whelan (bronze) claimed every step on the podium on Thursday night Credit: PA

RNLI rescue man in yacht from Bristol Channel

A lifeboat crewman was forced to jump into the Bristol Channel to rescue a man whose yacht had run aground.

The man got into difficulty on Sunday afternoon in the strong winds off Clevedon beach.

When crews arrived, there was only one metre of water around the yacht so a crew member had to get out and swim to it to tow it out of danger.

It soon became clear that yacht was in serious danger of being turned on to its side. It was clear that the yacht was now crashing down directly on the sea bed. The volunteer crew had to work quickly and professionally to decide the best way to assist the person on the yacht. This was going to be a tricky manoeuvre for the volunteers.

– Dave Herbert, Lifeboat spokesman

The yacht was towed to Portishead Marina where it was handed over to the Portishead Coastguards.

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