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Lewis Hamilton sends F1 car to home of terminally ill boy

Moments after he recaptured the lead of the championship from Valtteri Bottas following his fine victory at the Circuit de Catalunya, an emotional Hamilton dedicated his triumph to Harry Shaw – a five-year-old who has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Hamilton had been alerted to Harry’s tragic plight ahead of Sunday’s race

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Sisters encourage others to support foster carers

When you meet sisters Jan and Paula, it’s hard not to notice the close bond between them, which has been made even stronger through fostering and supporting each other. While both sisters now foster children and teenagers full-time, they have also fostered part-time as support carers on weekends and in school holidays. Now the sisters

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‘I’ve lost 24 friends to suicide’

Natasha has battled with anorexia and self-harm from the age of 12 and spent 10 years in mental health units across the country. She was initially not referred to CAMHS, an oversight she says made her condition worsen. When she was finally referred, suffering from anorexia and beginning to self-harm, she was too ill for

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Line of Duty star’s dementia choir ‘not just dancing and singing’ but ‘provoking memories’

Actress Vicky McClure from Line of Duty fame shows the huge impact music can have on people living with dementia in a moving BBC documentary, where she puts together a choir made up of people with dementia aged from 31 to 87. he two-part documentary ‘Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure’ focusses on the science

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NHS to offer ‘pioneering’ drug to help thousands of multiple sclerosis sufferers

NHS England has reached a deal with drug manufacturer Roche to provide multiple sclerosis (MS) patients with a ‘landmark’ drug, which is said to be able to delay the need for a wheelchair by seven years. The drug Ocrelizumab (also known as ocrevus) is a revolutionary medicine for patients who have primary progressive multiple sclerosis

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Thousands with dementia missing out on council tax discount – Please Help Spread.. THE WORD!!

A huge number of people with ‘mental impairments’ such as learning disabilities, dementia and Parkinson’s are missing out on discounts on their council tax bills, due to a lack of awareness. An investigation by MoneySavingExpert.com revealed that many people with a ‘severe mental impairment’ have been eligible for a council tax discount for years. In

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Comedian chats to unsuspecting strangers to shine light on loneliness

Comic Andy Parsons spends a day striking up conversations with strangers to support the Campaign to End Loneliness charity and get everyone talking. People everywhere are being urged to unglue themselves from their mobile phones and simply talk to each other face to face to combat a growing loneliness problem. Andy Parsons who appears on

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Louis Tomlinson helps 83-year-old who lost wife to dementia complete bucket list

In Louis Tomlinson’s new video, the song has taken a back seat with the video instead focusing on 83-year-old Richard, who lost his wife to Alzheimer’s in the same month as the One Direction star lost his mum to leukemia. In the heart-warming video, the pop singer helps Richard to achieve a list of things

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First of its kind autism centre aims to dramatically cut diagnosis waiting time

The UK’s first independent purpose-built autism centre has opened, with the aim of dramatically reducing the waiting time for a diagnosis. Currently, the average waiting time to be assessed for autism is at least two years, and the children who are eventually diagnosed wait on average for four years. The £18m centre, set in the

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“Sea Hero Quest” – The Mobile phone game that can detect people most at risk of Alzheimer’s

Scientists have identified people who are more at risk of developing Alzheimer’s, based on how they play the mobile phone game ‘Sea Hero Quest’. Lead researcher Professor Michael Hornberger, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said: “We can detect people who are at genetic risk of Alzheimer’s based on how they play the game.” He said:

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