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Girl 11 battling leukaemia does kind deed for children on ward

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An 11-year-old girl battling leukaemia has done a kind deed to help cheer other children up on her ward.

Tallulah Ferns, from Moston, Manchester, was diagnosed with leukaemia in April and is currently receiving treatment in hospital. While undergoing chemotherapy on Ward 86 at Manchester Royal Children’s Hospital, she really wanted to have a comfort blanket or cushion with her, but couldn’t for hygiene reasons.

Tallulah got a Squishmallow — a popular soft toy — which she can hug while in the hospital bed, bringing her some comfort while feeling unwell.

The Failsworth High pupil then had an idea, she wanted to bring some joy to the other children who are also being treated on her ward — which specialises in caring for those with cancer, leukaemia, and non-malignant hematologic disorders.

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So she set about setting up a Go Fund Me Page, and in two days raised £1,000. She spent the money buying 46 Squishmellow soft toys which she then gave out to youngsters on the ward — as reported in The Manchester Evening News.

Her mum, Joanna Heap, said: “It was lovely to see the reaction of the children when they received one. One little girl had just come back from treatment at The Christie and we placed one on her bed — it was wonderful to watch Tallulah give them out.

“Tallulah was diagnosed in April. She had one course of chemotherapy but it didn’t work. She has now started her second.

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“If that does not work she will have to have a bone marrow transplant but she is bearing up well. Her hair is starting to come out and her skin has puffed up a bit because of the steroids — yet she did this.

“As well as giving the toys to other patients she gave some to their brothers and sisters who were visiting. Some have been stored too for other children – new patients.

“She had the idea when she wanted to bring a quilt or cushion from home to the hospital while she was being treated. A comfort thing really. But because of hygiene reasons she couldn’t — and so she got a Squishmallow — and then got more for other kids.”

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On Tallulah’s fundraising page, she wrote: “Hi my name is Tallulah, I’m 11 years old and am currently in hospital being treated for leukaemia. While I have been in hospital I have had a lot of procedures and been in bed a lot recovering but the thing that has helped me through this is my Squishmallows teddy bear.

“I would love to raise money for the other children in my ward — ward 86 — to get them their own Squishmallows to hug while they are going through a difficult time. I would like to raise £1000 to help me make other children happy. Love, Tallulah.”

Joanna added: “If the latest chemotherapy works it will still be a course of treatment over two and a half years. If Talullah needs a bone marrow transplant she will have to spend six weeks in isolation and have months of treatment.

“But we are positive and when she is better Talullah wants to see the Northern Lights in Norway and go whale watching there.”

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Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear diagnosed with dementia

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Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear, who played Bet Lynch, has been diagnosed with dementia, her husband has revealed.

The 81-year-old who played the iconic pub landlady of the Rovers Return on the show sought medical advice after ‘suffering forgetfulness’ but there was now ‘no hope of a reversal in the situation’, her husband Scott Brand said.

He shared news of her diagnosis in a statement, writing: “My darling wife and I have had to come to terms with this heart-breaking diagnosis.

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“Unfortunately, Julie has been suffering forgetfulness for some time and we have been seeking medical advice and assistance, but we now know that there is no hope of a reversal in the situation — and that her condition will get progressively, and perhaps speedily, worse.

“We have taken the decision to publicly announce the diagnosis as Julie still loves visiting friends and eating out.

“Inevitably she is recognised, and fans love to meet her – and she them – but she can get confused particularly if she is tired. I hope people will understand.”

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Goodyear played the leopard-skin-wearing, big-haired barmaid on the cobbles from 1966 to 2003.

Thanks to Goodyear, Bet Lynch became one of the ITV soap opera’s longest-serving and best-loved characters.

The iconic actress also appeared on reality shows such as Celebrity Big Brother and Celebrity Fit Club.

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Tragedy as police find body of missing man last seen leaving pub

Police have confirmed the body as being Christopher

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Police have confirmed a body has been tragically found in the search for a missing man in Marple.

Christopher Barlow, 31, was last seen shortly after 1am on Sunday, June 4th after leaving the Royal Oak pub in Mellor, Stockport.

He was last sighted turning left to walk along Brabyns Brow from Town Street.

Police officers and specialist teams searched a specific area beside the Peak Forest and remained at the scene after the tragic discovery on Tuesday, June 6th.

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Greater Manchester Police have confirmed the body as being Christopher, and his family have been informed. A report is currently being prepared for the Coroner’s Office.

Detective Superintendent Helen Critchley, of GMP’s Stockport district, said: “Firstly, our thoughts are with Chris’s family and friends at this very distressing time.   

“I would also like to thank the local community for their support with the search and the wider public for their assistance in sharing our appeal.”

According to The Manchester Evening News, on Monday evening (June 5th) the water search and marine unit, as well as a number of police vehicles and detectives were at the scene.

A large section of the canal was closed off to boats the next day as the search for Christopher continued. 

Canal towpaths were also taped off as divers went into the water and officers searched nearby woodland.

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Man to complete visiting every Wetherspoon pub in Britain and Ireland this week

Now he only has one final pub left to visit

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A man will complete his visit to every Wetherspoon pub in Britain and Ireland this week as he sips his final pint to conclude his mission.

Most people like to see how far they can make it in a pub crawl but David Bingham, 60, decided to take it much further than that.

The Derbyshire man, who set out on the task in 2019, will conclude his journey of sipping a pint at all 875 Wetherspoon venues this week, including the 40 that have closed. 

Now he only has one final pub left to visit, and he’s booked a flight at the South Terminal in Gatwick Airport in order to tick it off his long list.

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The last of the boozers will be The Flying Horse, which is conveniently located right after security at the airport. Wetherspoons has praised his dedication.

Mr Bingham, from West Hallam, has said his other passions are trainspotting and following Burton Albion. He took on the challenge while also pursuing his other hobbies. Mr Bingham told the BBC: “If we were going somewhere new, I’d suss out the Wetherspoons.”

His partner Una Cooper bought him a directory of the pubs and he began ticking them off. “I’ve had a drink in most pubs, I’d say 85%,” he said. 

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“I’m a lager lad, definitely. The one in Ramsgate [in the Royal Victoria Pavilion] is my favourite because the history behind that building is incredible.

“But there are five police stations, there are churches, there’s chapels, there’s a tram depot, there’s a fire station.

“They just save these fantastic buildings. I love architecture and I love buildings. It’s a history lesson.”

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Wetherspoon spokesman, Eddie Gershon, said: “We applaud David Bingham on his outstanding achievement.

“Many people love to visit Wetherspoon pubs across the UK and Ireland, but only a handful have visited each and every one. David will now join that select group.

“He has obviously put in a lot of time and effort into achieving his goal and we thank him for his dedication to our pubs.”

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