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Plymouth family start cancer charity

The family of a Plymouth boy with a rare form of cancer have launched a new charity to help others in the same situation.

Five year old Henry Hallam has neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer with frightening mortality rates. His cancer is now stable.

The charity, Hugs From Henry, will offer financial help and pastoral support to other families affected by neuroblastoma.

Elsbeth Hallam, Henry's mum, has been speaking to ITV News.

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Windfall for Ellie's Haven charity appeal

A Cornish charity is closer to being able to provide a much needed holiday home for children with life limiting illnesses.

A donor has pledged to give Ellie's Haven £100,000 IF the charity can match that amount.

The home has been named after Ellie Libby, who died when she was just 6-years-old. Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports.

Charity provides youngsters with break from home lives

CHICKS has two retreats in the South West, one in St Austell and one in Tavistock. The aim is to give youngsters a chance to escape their home lives and make new friends. Many are referred through social workers or teachers.

For many children it's the first time even they've seen a horse Credit: ITV News West Country

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Cornish charity changing children's lives

Nestled in the Cornish countryside is a charity that is quietly changing children's lives.

CHICKS offers holidays to kids around the UK who are living in poverty or who're suffering abuse.

It gives the children a chance to take a break and the first group went this week.

CHICKS offers holidays for kids living in poverty or suffering abuse Credit: ITV News West Country

Dancer arrives in Lands End after dancing across Britain

35 year-old teacher Ben Hammond finally arrived in Lands End on Saturday 27 July after dancing from John O'Groats.

It’s just brilliant to have finally made it to Land’s End. It’s been a long road getting to this point but with the support of so many volunteers, dancers and donors it’s great that my 3 million dance steps across Britain have helped to raise the £40,000 target I set out to achieve for four important charities. Hopefully this money can go some way to help those in Burma who haven’t had the freedoms that many in the UK have, and the successful completion of the challenge can show what ordinary people can achieve when they set their mind (and feet) to it.

– Ben Hammond
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