A project delivering support and solidarity for local people who have been taking on the role of caring for a loved one, has been officially launched in Derry. The HUGS group has been set up by the Pink Ladies and is open to everyone who is caring for, or has cared for, someone with any long-term illness or a carer who is going through an illness themselves. The Pink Ladies began hosting carers’ meetings several years ago and following a lot of groundwork the HUGS group has now been establised. Speaking at the Valentine’s Day launch of the project on Wednesday, members spoke of how beneficial it has been for them and urged others to join them at their monthly meetings in Bishop Street Community Centre. Pink Ladies Project Development Worker and breast cancer survivor, Michelle McLaren, said she realised there was a need for a carer’s service as she went through treatment. “For me, when I woke up in the morning, my mind didn’t say ‘I have … [Read more...] about Open invite to those caring for a loved one to join H.U.G.S. support group
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A FORMER hairdresser is facing jail after conning £1,200 from well-wishers by falsely claiming she was pregnant and dying of incurable stomach cancer.Warped Gemma Dalton, 29, shaved her head, mocked-up baby scans and faked doctor's notes to keep the scam going - and even joined a Facebook group for cancer-stricken mums.She wrote on the Mummy's Star support page: "I've just finished my second round of chemo and it made no difference and I just want to scream - What if it doesn't shrink."Her twisted lie was exposed when suspicious doctors tested her for cancer after discovering that she was not expecting a baby after all.They raised the alarm after discovering that her cancer specialist did not even exist - even though she had already been handed £1,270 by well-wishers from Mummy's Star.Manchester Magistrates Court heard how Dalton, of Salford, had a previous conviction for fraud after befriending a 77-year-old wheelchair user before using his bank cards to book £5,000 … [Read more...] about Salford hairdresser pretended she was pregnant and dying from cancer to dupe well-wishers out of £1,200
RIO Ferdinand has spoken of the heartbreaking moment he told his children their mum Rebecca was dying, saying: “She’s going to go up into the stars.”His wife of six years died in 2015 after her breast cancer had returned.She was just 34.Days earlier the former England captain had been left to tell their kids Lorenz, ten, Tate, eight, and Tia, six, that time was running out.Ex-Man United ace Rio, 38, said: “I gazed at my beautiful children, lost for words, searching for a way to begin. ‘I’m afraid I’ve got to tell you something very, very sad.“‘Mum’s not going to be able to get out of here. She’s got cancer again and this time she isn’t going to get better’.They stared at me, wide-eyed, dumbstruck.“‘They’ve been trying to help her, the doctors, but they can’t any more. She’s been strong, and she’s tried to get better, but I’m so sorry."She’s going to be a star … [Read more...] about England legend Rio Ferdinand recalls heartbreaking moment he told his kids their mum Rebecca was dying of cancer
Doctor Who actress Deborah Watling has died aged 69, claims The Mirror.The actress, who played the second doctor's assistant Victoria Waterfield, passed away following a short battle with cancer.She was reportedly diagnosed with lung cancer less than two months ago.Deborah was the assistant to Patrick Troughton's doctor in the BBC series from 1967 until 1968.Many of her episodes were lost by the BBC over the years, which meant the star was stunned a few years ago when missing episodes were recovered.She told Digital Spy in 2013: "There have been hoaxes before, let's face it. I thought... it's just another hoax, it won't be me."Because a lot of my episodes were trashed or recorded over."After a few days, it was sort of confirmed-ish... and then I got it from a higher authority and I thought, 'My God, I'll be back on the screen again, all these years later' - it's amazing."Deborah gave some insight into her time on set during an interview with The Guardian that same year."There … [Read more...] about Deborah Watling dead – Doctor Who’s second assistant ‘dies after short battle with cancer’
BRAVE Sabrina Devlin is showing off her new post-mastectomy tattoo to give hope to women battling breast cancer.Having endured surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the mum of four has bounced back with an inspirational piece of body art.And she hopes it will help reassure other women that it’s possible to regain control of your body after serious illness.Before her own diagnosis, the Co Down native had never considered modelling or working in front of the cameras.But her cancer journey has given her a whole new lease of life as she has posed for a ground-breaking photographic exhibition as well as filming a documentary about post-surgery tattoos.She revealed: “When I got this tattoo I wanted to show other women that there’s life after cancer, that you can do whatever you want. Like any other cancer survivors I don’t see myself as a sufferer, I’ve always seen myself as a warrior.”Sabrina’s world was turned upside down when she was … [Read more...] about Irish woman shows off post-mastectomy tattoo to give hope to women battling breast cancer
DOTING dad Jeff Brazier has opened up about his future hopes for his sons with the late Jade Goody, one of which could see eldest child Bobby hit the catwalk.Recent snaps of the good-looking 13-year-old uploaded online by the TV presenter and life coach drew gasps on social media due to the striking resemblance to his mum.The reality TV star tragically lost her battle to cancer seven years ago.Speaking to The Sun Online about the prospect of the teen forging a modelling career, the 37-year-old was enthusiastic.He said: “I think that’s something he might like to do when he’s older, but obviously that’s not something that you can necessarily aspire to, you would have to qualify by looking a certain way.“I know we’re all biased towards our children, but he does strike a handsome pose.”Jeff continued: “He also loves his drama and football. As a parent I just try and get him into everything that he shows an interest in.”He also revealed … [Read more...] about Jade Goody’s lookalike son Bobby Brazier to become a model?
WHETHER he was facing mute guests, drunken footballers or taking on theThe consummate professional took whatever potential disaster emerged in hisFollowing Sir Terry’s death from cancer we look back at his golden TV moments.Included are never-before-published insights from the broadcaster himselfPerhaps his most infamous telly moment was his 1990 interview with ManchesterBest slurred his words and admitted “booze is still important to me”.When Terry asked him how he liked to spend his time, Best replied: “Screw. I“I see,” smiled Wogan, before expertly bringing the interview to a close byTerry later said: “George was a cheerful drunk and he certainly didn’t meanPOPULAR comedy quiz show Blankety Blank saw six famous guests filling inPresenter Sir Terry always managed to keep his cool no matter how manic theAmong the show’s most memorable moments were the appearances by madcapOn one occasion, he grabbed Sir Terry’s thin, … [Read more...] about Sir Terry Wogan is all gold: 12 of the legend’s funniest television moments
WHEN we launched this year’s adventure to raise money for breast cancer charity CoppaFeel! by navigating the mountains of Oman, hundreds of would-be trekkers got in touch. Finally, we can reveal the lucky 53 to join celeb team leaders, vlogger and author Giovanna Fletcher and Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford this November. Here, the members of Team Oman reveal why they’re up for the challenge.Team Giovanna Christine Jones, 59 is a retail assistant. She lives in the Wirral with daughters Grace, 25, and Phoebe, 21. “When my eldest daughter Alex was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2013, aged just 23, we were devastated. While researching the disease she came across CoppaFeel! and travelled to conferences and schools to spread awareness. Sadly, in March 2015, Alex was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer, which claimed her life last November at just 26. Doing this trek is the perfect way to honour her. I know she’ll be … [Read more...] about We reveal the inspiring stories of the brave men and women taking on this year’s Fabulous Challenge trek in Oman to raise money for breast cancer charity CoppaFeel!
EMMERDALE star Mike Parr survived unharmed when he took on Everest… but then he came home and cut his head on a gin and tonic.The star, who plays bad boy Ross Barton in the hit ITV soap, shared his injury on Instagram, which showed blood pouring from his head.He has just undertaken a gruelling 12 day trek, but it seems a simple beverage has caused more harm than hiking up a mountain.The 30-year-old actor posted the snap of his bloodied forehead and wrote: “When you laugh too hard and headbutt your G&T.......absolute plonker.”One follower told him: “You climb one of the hardest climbs in the world but can't take on a glass of G+T.”The actor completed the Everest Base Camp Challenge to raise cash for the Steve Prescott Foundation.He joined the wife and son of the late St Helen’s rugby star, who had dreamed of climbing the peak but was killed by a rare stomach cancer in 2013.Linzi and Taylor Prescott plus Mike and several rugby league figures took … [Read more...] about Emmerdale’s Mike Parr climbs Everest unharmed… then cracks his head on a celebratory gin and tonic
IT can affect around half of sexually active people and can be high or low risk depending on the type.The sexually transmitted virus HPV is the most widespread worldwide, according to Jo's Trust.org - but what else do we know about it?The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common sexually transmitted disease which affects at least half of people who are sexually active.The STD is the most widespread worldwide and four out of five of the population will contract some form of the virus at least once in their life.In most cases, the body's immune system will fight off the virus and there won't be any need for further tests, in fact, some people may not even know they contracted it at all.The HPV infection affects the skin and mucosa (any moist membrane, such as the lining of the mouth and throat, the cervix and the anus).And different types impact different parts of the body, causing lesions e.g. HPV types 1 and 2 cause verrucas on the feet.Out of the 100 identified types of … [Read more...] about What is the HPV virus, can men and women get vaccinated and what are the symptoms of cervical cancer? All you need to know