UK By Reality Check team BBC News 11 May 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-44081733 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsReality Check As the government reiterates its pledge to provide £50m to expand existing grammar schools in England, Labour's shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has criticised … [Read more...] about Reality Check: Do grammar schools help poor children?
A mother of three has been using her creative talents to cheer up poorly children by painting murals of their favourite film characters on their bedroom walls. Cari Dyson worked with charity Hugs From Henry, painting a Lego mural for a child who was in and out of hospital and wanted to give him a "lovely surprise" when he returned home. Mrs Dyson often volunteers her time helping people and says she enjoys "seeing their faces light up". The 34-year-old said: "I try bringing a tiny bit of happiness during such a terrible time. "I volunteered my services and painted the Lego mural on a child's bedroom wall whilst his family were away with him in hospital. "I do the charity murals for free of course, donating my time and paint to such a good cause." Mrs Dyson saw the post on social media from Hugs From Henry, which asked for people who were willing to donate their spare time and resources to decorate a room with a Lego theme. "I offered to paint the room after hearing the child was very … [Read more...] about Meet the woman who paints amazing murals for poorly children
An appeal has been launched to help give parents of poorly children at Scunthorpe General Hospital a comfortable place to sleep. Being admitted to hospital can be a frightening experience for children and parents will sometimes want to stay overnight with them. But the hospital's Disney ward currently only has access to a camp bed or standard chair for parents who wish to spend nights there. Now, the hospital's official charity, the Health Tree Foundation, is aiming to raise £18,000 to help fund suitable overnight chairs which will improve the experience for those staying with their little ones. Hospital officials say a total of 18 of the multi-functional chairs, which act as a comfortable seat during the day and can easily be transformed into a bed for the night, will be needed to create as pleasant a sleeping environment as possible for parents. Vikki McAlpine, deputy ward manager of the Disney ward, said: "Providing somewhere comfortable for parents to sleep when their child … [Read more...] about Hospital launches £18k appeal to help parents of poorly children
Poorly children had their iPads stolen as they were treated in hospital. The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH) confirmed that devices were taken from two young patients over the weekend. One heartbroken family has even launched a fundraising appeal for lockable safes in one of the wards. It’s understood the thefts happened on Ward 84, the oncology and haematology inpatient unit, and Ward 77, which cares for many plastic surgery patients. The hospital, which is on the same site as Manchester Royal Infirmary and St Mary’s Hospital, says it is helping police with their enquiries. An RMCH spokesman said in a statement: “We are aware of two recent incidents involving the theft of iPads, which our security team and Greater Manchester Police are currently investigating. “We regret any distress caused by these incidents. We work hard to reduce thefts across the site and to support and protect patients and visitors, working closely with Greater Manchester … [Read more...] about Poorly children in Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital had their iPads stolen
Poor children in Britain are now fatter than wealthy youngsters demonstrating a total reversal in the weight of the two social classes over the past 70 years. Traditionally, poverty has been associated with malnutrition and thinnness. But a new study by University College London, which compared children today to those born in the 1940s, 50s and 70s, has found a dramatic switch. In 1957, deprived 11-year-olds were on average 4.4lbs lighter than those from the upper classes as food shortages and gruelling lifestyles took their toll. But in 2015, the poorest children were 4.6lbs heavier than the richest. BMI (Body Mass Index) was also found to have risen among the most socially deprived teenagers. For children born in 2001, by the age of 15, there was a 1.4 kg/m2 difference between the classes, the highest ever recorded. In new research, published in the The Lancet Public Health, the authors said there had been considerable changes to diets and physical activity levels in Britain since … [Read more...] about Poor children in Britain now fatter than wealthy in dramatic reversal