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Help Wookey boy born with only half a heart’s holiday dream come true

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The family of a young boy from Wookey born with an incurable heart defect are trying to make his dream of going on Discount Holidays © holiday abroad come true. Little Lucas Talbot has undergone more than 60 operations including one last year that lasted more than seven hours. The six-year-old dreams of going on Discount Holidays © holiday abroad with his family but as he needs oxygen travelling on a plane would be incredibly complicated. The easiest way to make Lucas’ dream come true would be for the family to purchase a portable oxygen concentrator but the cost is 3,000.

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His great aunt, Pauline Talbot, from Wells3 is now chopping off her long hair to raise cash towards the cost of the concentrator. Pauline said: “I’ve been growing my hair for three years now and I hate, absolutely hate, long hair. So it’s not been easy growing it.

“I’d like to raise 900 towards the concentrator as this would go some way towards the 3,000 need to buy it. I’m going to get it cut very short but not shaved as I’ve done that in the past.”

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“Lucas deserves his dream to come true and with his condition we never know what will happen or what the future holds.

“Without the concentrator the only way for him to go on a plane would be for his mum, my niece Patricia, to organise oxygen with the airlines and then have more oxygen sent to their accommodation abroad which would be far too expensive and very complicated.”

Over the years his family have raised thousands for Bristol Children’s Hospital and the British Heart Foundation and earlier this year he was given British Heart Foundation’s Fighting Spirit award. As well as raising cash for the concentrator Pauline is also donating her hair to a children’s wig making charity.


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Lucas has a twin brother called Isaac and an older sister called Lilly, but unlike his siblings he suffers from a life-threatening illness known as a congenital heart defect (CHD). He spent his first nine weeks fighting for his life.

The newborn had major cardiac surgery to insert a shunt into his heart to help supply blood to his lungs.

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In the words of his surgeon, the operation was too successful and further emergency surgery was needed on the ward to seal off a valve in his heart and stop his lungs flooding with blood.

Other complications followed the second surgery and Lucas has been left needing a tracheotomy to breathe.

To sponsor Pauline visit https://www.gofundme.com/Lucascustardtalbot5


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References

  1. ^ Comments (0) (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
  2. ^ Heartbreak of stillborn grandson inspires Frome woman to walk six kilometres in the dark (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
  3. ^ Wells (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
  4. ^ Money raised for Copp brothers at ‘awesome’ Shepton Mallet concert under threat from council (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
  5. ^ https://www.gofundme.com/Lucascustardtalbot (www.gofundme.com)
  6. ^ Rugby lads help disabled boys to Glastonbury Tor summit to make family’s dream come true (www.somersetlive.co.uk)

Bank Holiday travellers warned to brace for traffic congestion as late …

Traffic congestion is expected to hit the country towards the end of this week as the Bank Discount Holidays © Holiday getaway begins. Experts have warned that traffic congestion around Heathrow and Gatwick Airports is set to reach a summer peak this week with the AA expecting the number of delays in the run-up to the August bank Discount Holidays © holiday weekend to be 35% more than the worst periods during the rest of summer. Transport information supplier Inrix recorded around 280 congestion incidents on stretches of the M4, M25 and A3113 leading to Heathrow in the week before last year s August bank holiday, compared with around 210 during the week of July 18 when many schools broke up.

The number of hold-ups on the main roads feeding into Gatwick also rose over the same period, from 95 to 130. Holidaymakers driving to Heathrow are twice as likely to run into a traffic jam near the airport than those heading to Gatwick, the AA has said.

Flights and rail plans

AA president Edmund King said: There is a clear warning to drivers heading to Gatwick or Heathrow for a last hurrah summer Discount Holidays © holiday or a long bank Discount Holidays © holiday weekend abroad.

They need to build extra time into their journeys to the airport and check traffic conditions before they leave.

There is nothing worse than sitting in a traffic jam within sight of the airport, watching the minutes until departure tick away. At the start of the school holidays Cardiff Airport1 said it expected around 250,000 passengers to be flying to sunnier climes throughout the six-week break an increase of 25% versus the summer Discount Holidays © holiday season in 2015.

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The airport recently reported its 14th consecutive month of passenger growth2 with the rolling total of passengers flying from Cardiff now standing at 1,326,923 representing a 29% lift in passenger numbers over the last 12 months (July 2015-July 2016). Rail passengers have also been advised to check before they travel3 over the upcoming Bank Discount Holidays © Holiday weekend. A new signalling system in the Bristol area and extensive work will require a temporary closure of the lines in both directions between Bristol Parkway and Swindon, Newport4, Bristol Temple Meads, Gloucester and Severn Beach.

This will lead to trains being diverted and in some cases replacement bus services will be in operation.

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It is part of Network Rail’s5 plans to upgrade equipment from the 1960s and 1970s and they say it will pave the way for smoother journeys and fewer delays for passengers. The essential works will also get the Great Western Main Line ready for the arrival of electrification and the new fleet of longer, faster, quieter and greener electric trains. Further travel information can be found by visiting Great Western Railway s website.

Alternatively, National Rail Enquiries also has up-to-date travel advice on their website.

References

  1. ^ Cardiff Airport (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  2. ^ 14th consecutive month of passenger growth (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  3. ^ advised to check before they travel (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  4. ^ Newport (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  5. ^ Network Rail’s (www.walesonline.co.uk)

UK’s first hotel for young people with autism set to open in …

A Gateshead1 hotel is set to be transformed into the UK s first hotel for young people with autism and learning difficulties in a 2m scheme. The St Camillus Care Group took over the River s Edge Hotel formerly known as the Elephant on the Tyne earlier this year, setting to work on changing the venue s use to a hub for people with autism. Those plans have now come to fruition after they were granted planning permission to transform the hotel into The Vault, which will not only provide respite care for young people with a range of learning difficulties but will also train them to work within the hospitality industry.

The firm is initially creating 20 jobs to carry out the refurbishment and a further 30 will be created within the hotel when it is opened in October. The ground floor of the hotel is already operating as an American-style diner which is currently used by people with autism, but the hope is that eventually this will be open to the public. The hotel also has a function room which is currently used by groups, with a long term aim of this being available for hire for business meetings and celebrations.

UK's First Hotel For Young People With Autism Set To Open In ... John Heron, managing director of St Camillus Care Group with some of the team at The Vault

Work will now begin on transforming the 28 bedrooms to make them suitable for respite care, while training has already begun on giving young people with autism and learning difficulties the opportunity to work alongside trained staff. St Camillus Care Group has partnered with Gateshead College2 and its Project Choice scheme – which helps young people with autism and learning difficulties find internships to help the young people learn the skills they need for a career in hospitality. John Heron, managing director of St Camillus Care Group, said The Vault was giving young people an unprecedented opportunity for a career in hospitality.

He said: This is a real chance for young people aged from 18 to 25 to learn alongside professionals in the hospitality industry in a real setting, so that they can hopefully go on to a full time career.

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At the same time it s also a place for people with autism and learning difficulties to come to and enjoy the facilities.

In particular the diner is a great place for families who may have young people with these challenges, knowing that they can come to a restaurant where people understand them and make no judgements.

We are very excited about the opportunity to progress what is going to be an exciting opportunity and a first not just for the North East but for the UK. Prior to closing as the River s Edge Hotel, the venue served as a wedding reception venue. After coming under new ownership several couples were left searching for new venues, but directors at St Camillus Care Group who were not aware of the bookings

paid out around 10,000 to couples faced with finding new venues for their receptions as a gesture of goodwill.

References

  1. ^ Gateshead (www.chroniclelive.co.uk)
  2. ^ with Gateshead College (www.chroniclelive.co.uk)

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