Carer relieved at securing autistic Ukrainian teen’s visa

A woman who has been trying to bring a boy with severe autism from Ukraine to the UK for months has said finally securing his visa was “a great relief”. Julie Elliot applied to help 16-year-old Timothy through the government’s Homes for Ukraine (HfU) scheme in March, but his age made him ineligible. She wasContinue reading “Carer relieved at securing autistic Ukrainian teen’s visa”

Brighton Pride 2022: Festival celebrates 30th anniversary

One of the UK’s biggest pride events is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Brighton Pride was back on the streets of the south-coast city on Saturday, after being cancelled for the last two years due to Covid. A large parade set off from Hove Lawns at 11:00 BST weaving its way through the streets of theContinue reading “Brighton Pride 2022: Festival celebrates 30th anniversary”

Ukraine war: Wembley exhibition shows ‘beauty’ of country

The “real beauty of Ukraine and its people” is being showcased in a public art display in north-west London. Visions of Home is a collection of photographs, installations and digital works by artists from the country. It forms part of an annual art trail just outside Wembley Stadium, which is visited by millions of peopleContinue reading “Ukraine war: Wembley exhibition shows ‘beauty’ of country”

Ukraine war: Mother and six sons get keys to Chepstow home

A Ukrainian mother and her six children who fled Russian bombing have been handed the keys to their new home. Lilia Onopa, 43, and her children received an official welcome in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, on Friday. She tearfully described seeing her hometown destroyed, people killed, and wanting to save her sons. Having fled their home northContinue reading “Ukraine war: Mother and six sons get keys to Chepstow home”

Military dog tag found in River Soar reunited with Illinois family

A group of history hunters who found an old Air Force Military Dog tag in a river have reunited it with the owner’s family in the United States. The tag was discovered by Black Country-based Peaky Dippers in the River Soar, Leicestershire, and traced back to a family in Illinois. It belonged to Robert MContinue reading “Military dog tag found in River Soar reunited with Illinois family”

Everest: Jamie McAnsh climbs to base camp on crutches

A man on crutches has reached Everest base camp – eight years after waking up paralysed. Jamie McAnsh, from Cwmbran, Torfaen, has complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) which causes persistent severe and debilitating pain. But after an 11-day trek, Jamie has realised his childhood dream and reached base camp at 5,364m (17,600ft). “There were timesContinue reading “Everest: Jamie McAnsh climbs to base camp on crutches”

Mali nonuplets in perfect health on first birthday

The world’s only nonuplets – nine babies born at the same time – are “in perfect health” as they celebrate their first birthday, their father has told the BBC. “They’re all crawling now. Some are sitting up and can even walk if they hold on to something,” said Abdelkader Arby, an officer in the MalianContinue reading “Mali nonuplets in perfect health on first birthday”

Antytila: Ed Sheeran collaboration written on front line

Ukrainian group Antytila have teamed up with Ed Sheeran, releasing a new song partly filmed and recorded while serving in the war against Russia. Antytila are one of the biggest musical acts in Ukraine but stopped working to join the military. Proceeds from the song, released on Monday, will go to help the people ofContinue reading “Antytila: Ed Sheeran collaboration written on front line”

Jacky Hunt-Broersma: The cancer survivor who ran 104 marathons in 104 days

A woman who took up running after she lost her left leg to cancer has passed the Guinness World Record for most consecutive marathons. Jacky Hunt-Broersma, 46, has run 26.2-miles every day since mid-January, normally taking around five hours. On Saturday, she completed her 104th consecutive marathon in as many days – an achievement sheContinue reading “Jacky Hunt-Broersma: The cancer survivor who ran 104 marathons in 104 days”

Parkinson’s disease symptoms ‘reversed’ by mini implant, trial suggests

A hospital in Bristol is believed to be the first in the world to implant a device into a brain to reverse the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Southmead Hospital surgeons used a tiny deep brain stimulation (DBS) device to override abnormal brain-cell firing patterns caused by Parkinson’s. Tony Howells, the first person to receive theContinue reading “Parkinson’s disease symptoms ‘reversed’ by mini implant, trial suggests”