A mother-of-two has beaten the odds after being told she had just 12 months to live when she was first diagnosed an aggressive brain tumour four years ago. Suzanne Davies, 39, was diagnosed with a grade four glioblastoma brain tumour on the left side of her brain in 2014. Her condition led to her struggling to communicate with her loved ones and knowing that those around her were talking but having no idea what they were saying. Mum-of-two Suzanne, from Newtonhill, Aberdeenshire , was devastated when she was told she may only have a year to live. She could only look on as medics worked to remove the tumour during an awake craniotomy surgery - but some of the mass still remains. And while her condition is described as stable by doctors, she has been told her tumour "will never be gone". Suzanne, who worked as a treasury assistant, now has to undergo an MRI scan every six months to see whether the mass has grown. In 2014, Suzanne said she began getting severe headaches and "absent … [Read more...] about Brave mum-of-two reveals heartbreaking fear of not seeing her kids grow up
Some people say the art at Baltic is hard to understand – but try telling that to the kids getting stuck into Infinity Pitch this Easter holiday. Just looking at this new exhibition spread across Baltic’s big Level 4 gallery is an invitation to get creative. It’s all in primary colours – and green, which isn’t a primary colour as it’s made by mixing yellow and blue – and it looks like the set of a joyous children’s TV programme. It is called Infinity Pitch but it has an inviting multi-coloured sub-title – Play By Your Own Rules. At the weekend visiting children needed no further incentive, putting on the brightly coloured protective clothing – including hats, boots and dungarees – to explore the so-called creative stations. Infinity Pitch follows The Playground Project which took place at Baltic two years ago and delighted young visitors with its slides and softplay attractions. This new exhibition was conceived by … [Read more...] about Kids are being urged to make and break the rules in the new colourful exhibition at BALTIC
Who doesn't love eating out? The Easter holiday break promises an ideal opportunity to enjoy time out together as a family but sharing a meal together outside the home can prove hugely costly. Well, as something of a sweetener, there are various restaurants offering youngsters the chance to eat for free during the school holiday. So, to help out with the planning over the next couple of weeks, here is a round-up of some of those venues in the North East with free meal deals for children. Red's True Barbecue The restaurant in Grey's Quarter in intu Eldon Square is offering a Kids Eat Free deal between April 3 and April 17. During those dates parents can claim their little ones a free Little Crusader meal worth £6.45 - when they spend £10 on their own. This includes a starter, main, side, drink and dessert when and children can choose from the likes of mini versions of Red’s classics including Mini Bucket O’Bones and Mini Pulled Pork, a Slider Cheeseburger, and BBQ … [Read more...] about Restaurants where kids can eat for free over Easter holidays
These young judges have been taking no nonsense at the Kids Court for motorists caught speeding outside St Mary’s Primary School, Maguiresbridge. They are (left to right) Amy Meeke and Nathan Beattie from St Mary’s PS with Claudia Graham and Corey Maguire from Maguiresbridge PS. Photo: Andrew Paton MOTORISTS caught speeding outside the two primary schools in Maguiresbridge were given a harsh lesson when they faced up to the reality of breaking the speed limit at a special court sitting where the judges were kids! Drivers caught exceeding the 30mph limit outside St. Mary’s Primary School and Maguiresbridge Primary School were given a tough choice – get a fine and penalty points or face being grilled by a panel of ‘judges’ in the form of schoolchildren in ‘Kids Court’. Those detected speeding last Thursday morning faced the children who asked why they were speeding and if they were aware they could have hit a child. As well as … [Read more...] about Short arm of the law…speeding drivers in kids court!
A new study breaks down the jarring juxtaposition of athletic role models and advertising. By March 26, 2018, 4:00 AM EDT Kids and teens are seeing a lot of junk food ads while they’re watching sports, potentially creating associations between athletic feats and unhealthy fare, according to a new study.The majority of advertisements during the 10 sporting events most watched by viewers ages 2 to 17 featured products that are bad for you, according to research published Monday in the health journal Pediatrics. Sports featuring athletes required to be at the height of their physical prowess accompanied by commercial breaks pushing junk food (and sometimes including the best athletes as pitchmen) inspired lead researcher Marie Bragg, assistant professor in the Department of Population Health at New York University School of Medicine, to dig into the topic.“The idea that we would watch these really physically fit athletes perform these … [Read more...] about How Big Sports Leagues Push Junk Food on Kids