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.

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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.

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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.


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Skyscanner reveals the best time to book holiday travel

MIAMI – Skyscanner, the global travel search engine, announces its highly anticipated best time to book predictions for the year, and it s all about last minute travel. The results, based on historical data compiled from Skyscanner s more than 50 million users, show that the highest savings are available no more than four weeks prior to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year s, with potential savings even available to those booking flights the very same week.

Americans left a record-breaking 658 million unused vacation days on the table last year alone, and we are committed to making travel more attainable, especially around the holidays, said Randi Wolfson, Head of Communications for the Americas, Skyscanner. We prepare this data in the hopes of helping travelers see that Discount Holidays © holiday travel is something they can budget for and plan with ease so they can spend their well-earned time off with loved ones.

Skyscanner analyzed collated, historical data on users booking and travel habits during the peak dates of travel for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year s. Based on findings from 2015, Skyscanner compiled the results for the best time to book travel for possible savings, around each of the major holidays coming up this year:

– Thanksgiving: Skyscanner found that October has the best opportunities for savings, with the week of October 17 offering savings of 5.10 percent and a mere four weeks out, the week of October 31, offering the highest potential savings of 7.7 percent. Last minute bookers will also be in luck and could find 1.98 percent in savings the week of Thanksgiving.

– Christmas: Historical data indicates that Thanksgiving week (November 21) will be a prime time for the best deals, offerings possible savings of 6.41 percent, as well as the week of December 5 with savings of 4.93 percent. After Thanksgiving will also be a peak window for booking, with savings of 2.17 percent the week of November 28.

– New Year s: While travelers could score the highest savings of 10.57 percent the week of December 5, the Discount Holidays © holiday looks to favor last minute decision-makers with 6.72 percent of savings one week before and 6.67 percent of savings two weeks out. Perhaps even more revealing is the fact that travelers already have quite a propensity towards procrastination when it comes to booking Discount Holidays © holiday travel. Skyscanner carried out a survey on Twitter and the results speak for themselves; while 44 percent shared that their plans are made six months to one year in advance, and 17 percent between three to five months out, 39 percent of respondents said they prefer to book their travel four to six weeks ahead.

Since the end-of-year holidays are a peak travel season, Skyscanner s creative and unique algorithms offer tools to facilitate the booking process and help travelers expand their search criteria and consider different flight options for any time of year.

– Accessibility: For travelers without a specific destination in mind, Skyscanner s Everywhere search tool shows top flight deals for domestic and international destinations.
– Affordability: Setting up price alerts allows travelers to track the cost of travel to a specific destination or a particular route and receive notifications when the price drops.
– Connectivity: Skyscanner data shows that self-connections are on the rise, with the average percentage of users choosing to build their own itineraries over taking a flight route with a single carrier.
– Flexibility: Flying at less popular hours of the day and in or out of nearby airports can help lower costs, but so can adjusting travel dates.

Skyscanner offers a Show Whole Month search tool so users can glance at the entire month to determine the best dates by price.

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