Cancer patients forced to make a 70-mile round trip for radiotherapy treatment have welcomed a campaign to build a facility closer to home.
Great Western Hospital in Swindon has launched an appeal to raise £2.9 million for a radiotherapy centre, so that thousands of patients no longer have to make the long trek to Oxford for up to seven weeks of treatment.
With support from the public and final approval, it is hoped that the centre will be open by the end of 2017.
The appeal was launched at Great Western Hospital today, with 284 balloons released to mark the number of patients diagnosed with cancer there each month.
Brighter Futures, the Great Western Hospitals Trust charity organising the appeal, hope to inspire local people to get involved in fundraising events.
Bringing radiotherapy treatment to Swindon will make such a difference to local patients and their families, friends and carers and will be an excellent addition to the facilities already available at GWH.
We are working closely with our colleagues at Oxford to make this vision a reality and I am sure that local people will get behind the fundraising appeal.
Andy King, a former manager of Swindon Town FC, has died at the age of 58.
The football legend who managed Swindon Town a couple of times between 2000 and 2005, is believed to have suffered a heart attack earlier today. Before his work as a manager he enjoyed a long playing career that included a legendary stint at Premiership side Everton during the seventies.
Tributes have been paid to him on Twitter by clubs and fans.
Saddened to hear of the death of former #pafc Chief Scout Andy King - our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends
Swindon Town Chairman Lee Power has urged fans to stick with the club, but admits they've received offers for some of their highly rated players:
We also spoke to manager Mark Cooper and players Nathan Thompson and Massimo Luongo:
Swindon Town's hopes of playing in the Championship next season are over after losing 4-0 to Preston in the play-off final at Wembley.
Jermaine Beckford gave the Lilywhites a 3rd minute lead. Paul Huntington doubled the advantage 10 minutes later.
Beckford curled in his second just before half-time, and completed his hat-trick in the 57th minute.
Swindon may be behind 2-0 in the first half of their League One play off final against Preston North End, but fans had high hopes ahead of the game:
Swindon Town fans have been arriving at Wembley hoping for success in the play-off final.
The club are taking on Preston North End for a spot in the Championship. Kick off is at 17:30.
Swindon Town players have been getting ready for the match that will make-or-break their season.
It's the club's sixth appearance at Wembley this Sunday, but the first for almost all the players.
Matthias Kurth reports.
Swindon Town Football Club is preparing for its play-off final this Sunday.
If they beat Preston at Wembley they will be in football's second tier for the first time in fifteen years.
Robert Murphy's been seeing how the town is getting ready for the big match.
Wiltshire Police have referred their own officers to the Independent Police Complaints Commission over their handling of the Alison Connolly murder case, because they were in contact with her before her death.
Police say the IPCC referral was mandatory in these circumstances, and that there will be an independent investigation.
The 49-year-old mother was stabbed to death in Swindon last week. Sisters Charice Gassman, 19, and Amberstasia Gassman, 23, appeared in court yesterday charged with her murder.
Two sisters have appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman in Swindon.
Alison Connolly, 49, died following an attack in Park South last Tuesday. 19-year-old Charice Gassman and Amberstasia Gassman, 23, appeared at Bristol Crown Court this morning.
The hearing was adjourned until next month, and the pair have been remanded in custody.