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Liz is plummeting in more ways than one

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 25th July 2014

WHEN reporter Liz Mackley signed up for a skydive to do her part for the Adver’s 160 Appeal, little did she know she would need to lose 3st for the privilege.

It’s all going swimmingly after my op

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 25th July 2014

OLYMPIC and European swimming champion Brian Jenkins could not resist returning to the waters just 12 weeks after undergoing a major heart operation.

In the running to help a good cause

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 24th July 2014

YOUNG victims of abuse or teenagers in harrowing circumstances will tackle a 10-mile race for charity and are urging the public to join them at Barbury Castle.

Life-changing surgery could now be done on NHS

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 24th July 2014

A LIFE-changing operation allowing children with cerebral palsy to walk and which had up until now cost parents across Swindon nearly £25,000 will finally be available on the NHS – for the next three years.

A sad farewell to a true inspiration

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

AS the first notes of Gerry Hunt’s drumming solo rose from the speakers, mourners struggled to contain their tears at having lost the gifted musician to cancer.

Fundraiser will be smashing

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

INSPIRED by his brother’s work mentoring teenagers from difficult backgrounds across town, Ashley Waldron will do his part for disaffected youngsters at his very first fundraiser, The Big Swindon Event, on Saturday.

70 years of love for starry-eyed couple

Swindon Advertiser:

5:27pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

AN ever so slightly forward suitor, generous servings of homemade apple pie and of course unconditional love have proved the secret to longevity for Marjorie and Lionel Sheppard who celebrated 70 years together this month.

Long ride ends well

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

HALFWAY between Land’s End and Highworth, it suddenly dawned on Dr John Bestwick that he had bitten off more than he could chew, but this realisation did not stop him from completing a 300-mile cycle ride in support of Gloucester House.

Man's free flowers turn out to be rare and deadly

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A KEEN gardener from Wroughton has claimed that a pack of wild flower seeds he won through BBC’s Countryfile and proceeded to cultivate in his garden contained a deadly plant until now believed to be extinct.

Rise in sex infections

5:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE number of people flouting safe sex and risking their health is on the increase in Swindon with 1,891 diagnosed with cases of STIs in the last year.

Couple push on with hospice fundraising

5:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

PASSERS-by would have been forgiven for thinking they had landed in a scene from Bedknobs And Broomsticks on Saturday when they were overtaken by a huge bed in the middle of the street pushed along by zany fundraisers for the Adver’s 160 Appeal.

Pupils step out to help young carers

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

PUPILS’ eyes were opened to the reality of life as a young carer as part of a week-long awareness campaign which saw them raise nearly £1,700 for children shouldering big responsibilities.

Competition winner claims BBC Countryfile seeds bloomed into killer plant

Swindon Advertiser:

4:20pm Monday 21st July 2014

A KEEN gardener from Wroughton has claimed that a pack of wild flower seeds he won through BBC’s Countryfile and proceeded to cultivate in his garden contained a deadly plant until now believed to be extinct.

How you can stay safe in the sun

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 19th July 2014

SKIN cancer nurse Tina Phillips is urging people in Swindon to stay safe in the sun as the summer holidays get in full swing.

Linda says thanks with a £4k cheque

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 19th July 2014

THE former mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett returned to the Great Western Hospital victorious yesterday having not only beaten skin cancer but succeeded in raising £4,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Skies lit up by storm – and there’s more on the way

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 19th July 2014

MORE thunderstorms are expected to hit Swindon this weekend with a risk of flooding in the town and the rest of Wiltshire.

Woman discharged with cannula in arm

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 19th July 2014

A YOUNG patient was horrified to find a cannula still firmly lodged in her arm when she returned home from the Great Western Hospital.

More health visitors set to help families

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 18th July 2014

AN extra 23 nurses and midwives will be recruited as part of a £700,000 scheme to ensure vulnerable children receive the best possible start in life in Swindon.

Dismay over GP care cuts

Swindon Advertiser: Be alert to the symptoms of lung cancer

5:30am Friday 18th July 2014

A PATIENT says he felt blindsided by a decision to close Freshbrook Surgery for two days a week due to staff shortages and a lack of applicants.

Cyclist’s India trip to dad’s homeland

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 18th July 2014

SEVEN years after losing both her parents to cancer, Caroline Hull will attempt a daunting 500km cycle-ride across her father’s homeland, India, for the hospice nurses who devoted themselves to her and her family in their hour of need.

Dance troupe take England to victory

Swindon Advertiser:

4:30pm Thursday 17th July 2014

GIFTED dancers from Swindon led Team England to resounding victory at a worldwide competition that saw them scoop two individual champion titles.

Renovated war memorial unveiled

Swindon Advertiser:

5:20pm Thursday 17th July 2014

ROYAL Wootton Bassett’s war memorial has received a facelift befitting of its significance at the heart of the community.

Drummer Gerry loses fight for life

Swindon Advertiser:

5:20am Thursday 17th July 2014

THREE years after he was first diagnosed with lymphoma and despite a campaign to fund alternative treatment , Gerry Hunt lost his battle with cancer on Monday.

Sepsis campaign sees dramatic drop in mortality rates

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 17th July 2014

A MAJOR campaign to tackle sepsis at the Great Western Hospital has already seen mortality rates drop from 63 to 25 per cent in Swindon since February.

Early birds get settled at Academy

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE DREADED move to secondary school was not so frightening after all for primary pupils who made the leap two months early and got a preview of what to expect ahead of September.

Enthusiasts raise air ambulance cash with fun day

Swindon Advertiser:

5:37pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

CAR-MAD enthusiasts in Swindon have teamed up with fans from across the country to put on a fun day to raise money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Work on flats for elderly under way

Swindon Advertiser:

5:29pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

BUILDING work has begun on a new £5.6m affordable independent living scheme for the elderly in Royal Wootton Bassett.

Work on flats for elderly under way

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 17th July 2014

BUILDING work has begun on a new £5.6m affordable independent living scheme for the elderly in Royal Wootton Bassett.

Youngsters do their bit to help out

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 16th July 2014

PUPILS at Swindon Academy put their studies on hold to devote their time to the community and explore life beyond the classroom.

Trio saddle up to beat cancer

5:30am Wednesday 16th July 2014

TEN years to the day after he was first diagnosed with testicular cancer, 30-year-old survivor Neil Rutter will cycle 220 miles in 12 hours to fund vital research into harder to treat conditions.

100 alerted over diabetes

Swindon Advertiser: Diabetes UK logo 2013

5:30am Wednesday 16th July 2014

AROUND half of all the people tested for basic signs or symptoms of type 2 diabetes at a town centre roadshow were found at risk.

Report gives town a poor bill of health

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 15th July 2014

FROM skyrocketing diabetes to abysmal levels of obesity, self-harm and sexually-transmitted infections, Swindon cut a worrying figure in a new report released by Public Health England.

Care firm fails to meet needs

5:20am Tuesday 15th July 2014

THE ability of staff to meet patients’ needs and protect them from harm at Purity Care has been thrown into question after the service failed to meet four of the five basic standards required by the health watchdog.

The green machines

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 15th July 2014

WHETHER ‘sponging ‘ their teachers, selling homemade goods or competing in tugs of war or football shoot-outs, pupils at Lydiard Park Academy stopped at nothing to raise funds for children facing adversity or abuse across Swindon.

Op takes Jack from steps to giant leaps

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 15th July 2014

CHASING a football around the garden or jumping up and down on a trampoline, little Jack Pike’s daily routine bears no resemblance to the life he was forced to lead just a year ago, confined indoors and unable to take a single step without help.

Surgery applies to reduce open hours

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 14th July 2014

FRESHBROOK Surgery has assured patients they will continue to receive the utmost care despite reducing opening hours to three days a week due to crippling staff shortages.

Next step for Luca

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 12th July 2014

THE ordeal is nearly over for 10-year-old Luca Railton, with a third operation now behind him and just one more procedure to go until he can finally walk without pain.

Dare to Doctor day has healthy result

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 12th July 2014

ASPIRING medical students across Swindon gained hands-on experience at the Great Western Hospital this week exploring the field of medicine directly from the wards.

Cyclists make 160 the magic number

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 11th July 2014

INSPIRED – or as the case may be, roped in – by their extremely persuasive fellow cyclist and Adver employee Joseph Theobald, the Swindon Wheelers will cover 160km to the Severn Bridge for the 160 Appeal in aid of Prospect Hospice.

Mental health care to get cash boost

Swindon Advertiser: Brian Mattock

5:30am Friday 11th July 2014

THE face of mental health care is set to be transformed in Swindon after chiefs announced plans to invest nearly £350,000 in reshaping its services – although jobs could be at stake in the shake-up.

Zurich team help paients

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 11th July 2014

‘HEALTHY body, healthy mind’ was taken to the next level by office workers who devoted two days rescuing a weed-ridden garden to allow recovering mental health patients in Swindon to feel stronger in their minds and bodies.

Longtime Crohn’s sufferer welcomes research results

Swindon Advertiser:

4:31pm Thursday 10th July 2014

HAVING grappled for decades with an invisible and for a long time unrecognised illness, Mark Fry has welcomed groundbreaking research into the fatigue experienced day after day by Crohn’s disease sufferers just like him.

Make Dress Down Day one to remember

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

THE daughter of an Alzheimer’s sufferer is calling on pupils to flaunt their school’s formal dress code and ditch uniforms for a day in a show of support to the 2,000 people affected by dementia in Swindon.

Mental health service clients help to nurture first In Bloom Awards

Swindon Advertiser:

5:01pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

A SPOT of planting and landscaping has allowed patients’ confidence – and competitive streak – to blossom as they prepare to go head to head with other units across the region at the mental health services’ very first In Bloom Awards.

Help us with this lifeline

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 10th July 2014

THREE years ago marked a point of no return for Bryn Hitchcock as the little boy was diagnosed with Late Infantile Batten Disease, a degenerative condition, which gradually robbed him of his ability to walk, talk or feed himself.

Hospital tutors make sure children keep learning

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

EDUCATION knows no barriers for teachers at the Great Western Hospital who have tutored as many as 600 young patients unable to attend school on the wards and at home in the last year.

Donors are urged to make wishes known

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 9th July 2014

ORGAN donors in Swindon are being urged to discuss their wishes with their families before it is too late and another life is lost.

Austerity plea heading for PM

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 8th July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS are poised to deliver a petition to Number 10 tomorrow demanding the Prime Minister wake up to what they describe as the disastrous impact of austerity measures on ordinary people.

Costs spiral in fight to cope with obesity

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 7th July 2014

A RISE in obesity in Swindon has forced the Great Western Hospital to shell out nearly £85,000 since 2010 on larger equipment to care for overweight patients.

Youngsters mark time at nursery with graduation

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 7th July 2014

IT WAS time for children to put their pre-school days behind them and look to the future at Busy Bees Nursery as they were handed ‘diplomas’ at a graduation ceremony.

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