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Dolls go under the hammer

More than 500 lots of dolls, toys, textiles and costume are expected to fetch in the region of £50,000 - £70,000 when items from the Museum of Dolls in Cromwell in Newark go under the hammer.

A selection of the dolls on sale this weekend Credit: Vina Cooke Museum / Alan Partridge Auctioneers

The Old Rectory has been home to Mrs Vina Cooke's collection since 1983 where, with husband Mr Charles Cooke-Chambers, dolls and toys were cared for, restored, created and exhibited.

The auction will take place on Saturday 8th November.

Miniature cancer treatment model for children

Staff at St James's University Hospital in Leeds have come up with an ingenious idea to help young cancer sufferers.

A miniature version of a cancer treatment machine - which can be attached to dolls - has been made by engineers at the hospital.

Staff will use this to explain to children how their cancer treatment will work.

Controlled by a series of motors which the children can operate with buttons, a doll in a specially made hospital gown and mask is laid on the treatment couch, which moves up and down. The machine also rotates realistically around the doll.