Author: Katie Campbell

Kadeena Cox aims for Bake Off gold

Multifaceted Paralympic champion Kadeena Cox has been revealed as one of the contestants on this year’s Celebrity Bake Off. The gold medal winning athlete will face-off with a host of other famous faces in the big white tent, including comedian Tim Minchin, Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson, and national treasure Harry Hill among others. Kadeena will be swapping her sprinting gear for an apron, where she’ll be taking part in the classic Bake Off challenges, being asked to create towering showstoppers and terrifying technical challenges by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, and show hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig....

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Gallagher to defend Paralympic title at PyeongChang2018

Words by Colette Carr Paralympics GB’s medal hopes received a massive lift today with the announcement of reigning super-G visually impaired skier Kelly Gallagher’s selection for the Games next month. After becoming the first Brit to win gold in either the Olympics or Paralympics on snow with guide Charlotte Evans, the 32-year-old returns to the fold with a new guide in the shape of Gary Smith for her third Paralympic outing. Having been sidelined for the 2017 World Championships after a nasty crash on the training slopes left her with multiple injuries, the Paralympic champion faced a lengthy rehab...

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Report shows a third of Scottish councils commission “flying visits”

A report by Leonard Cheshire has revealed that a third of Scottish councils commissioned 15-minute visits for the provision of personal care in 2016/17. The information was discovered through a number of Freedom of Information requests sent out to Scottish councils, which showed that 5,182 people – or 31% – received visits from healthcare professionals for support with intimate care which lasted 15 minutes or less. Of the FOI requests sent, 10 councils responded, with a further 13 providing no or unclear responses. The charity has campaigned against flying visits for the last five years, believing that these short...

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Blind man UK’s first guide horse recipient

Mohammed Salim Patel is to become the first person in the UK to receive a guide horse, the Lancashire Telegraph has reported. Mohammed has an intense phobia of dogs, and is therefore unable to use a guide dog to help him move around. Because of this, Digby, a 2ft high, eight-month-old American miniature horse will provide him with assistance. “I have a condition where I lost my vision and I have come across lots of people who have guide dogs,” Mohammed told the Lancashire Telegraph. “But I have a big phobia of dogs that I was not able to...

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Welsh AM calls for more inclusive playparks

Vikki Howells AM has argued that all children’s playparks should, by law, include equipment for disabled children to play on. The Labour AM yesterday proposed the Inclusive Play Bill to the Welsh Assembly, hoping that the bill “would improve opportunities for children with disabilities to enjoy similar play experiences to their peer,” she said in a tweet. Howells said: “In 2010, Wales was the first country in the world to legislative for children’s play, although the law that was passed did not include any specific provisions relating to accessible playground provision. “Since then, I have seen many good examples...

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