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Hello, and welcome to South Today. There is continuing coverages of the
Russell Brand talks about his experience of growing up
with mental health problems - as he launches a new approach
to treatment for young people in Buckinghamshire.
And if I don't think the person I'm talking to knows what it
in Oxfordshire sports awards are about start. We are live with some
of the live -- nervous nominees. It's claimed an independent
inquiry should be held into how a business set up
by Buckinghamshire County Council to run adult social services lost
millions of pounds - and was criticised for
the quality of its care. Healthwatch Buckinghamshire
wants answers as to how Buckinghamshire Care
was run and how vulnerable Brennan Nicholls has
this exclusive report. Damning report after damning report
- Buckinghamshire Care was supposed to look after some of the most
vulnerable members of the community. The company was set up by Bucks
county council back in 2013. contract to run services cross
the county - in peoples homes, a network of community centres,
a farm near Milton Keynes and a respite care
home in Beaconsfield. Its managing director
was paid ?140,000 a year. The council said the firm
would save taxpayers more The financial accounts
of Buckinghamshire Care Over the last three
years the business has What makes even worse
reading though is this, from the Care
Quality Commission. A report into Seeleys Respite Care
in Beaconsfield, which And the combination
of these two means that Buckinghamshire County Council
pulled the plug on the business and It's now trying to learn
the mistakes of what When we began to identify that
things weren't going right, both in terms of finances
and the quality of care, at that point the governance had
to be ramped up and began to take
a much closer interest. But it was really only when
the report on Seeleys came out that the full extent of the
failings became clear. The council took decisive
and quick action which was Not everyone though is convinced
by the council's approach. Healthwatch Buckinghamshire
want more, much more. The public don't know
what's going on. They just think it was just
another care home contract They don't realise that
it was wholly owned by How do you think that process
should be investigated? I think it should be a public
enquiry into what happened. The county council
has now taken full control of Buckinghamshire Care's
services once again. It believes all services
are running well. The council says it will work
with Healthwatch Buckinghamshire Its been confirmed that more
than 20 jobs are to go The team ceased
trading this morning. The firm was placed in
administration earlier this month. David Lumb has been
following the story - and told me what it means for Manor
and the staff: Manor's operating company
Just Racing Services has been in administration for about three
weeks but they've been The firm employed 212
members of staff. We understand more or less all of
them are going to be made redundant. They were sent home earlier
and we expect all but a handful of them to be officially made
redundant in the next few days. I've got a statement
here from the joint administrators. It says it's "deeply regretable"
the team has had to close its doors. It said it has has a very successful
two years and its priority now will be working with the staff affected
to make sure they get their redundancy payments as soon as
possible. The team started in 2012 called Virgin Racing. It's not the
first time it's been in administration.
It went into administration in 2015 but a new investor was found
But even if that were to happen, the move makes it much harder
for Manor to make it to the start of the season in Australia
A man's died after a two-car crash near Banbury.
It happened in Cropredy on Tuesday morning.
A Ford Fiesta ended up on its side in a hedgerow.
More than a month after the death of George Michael at his home
in South Oxfordshire, his body is yet to be
Police say they're still waiting for toxicology
reports to come back, which means the inquest into his
The star's body was found at his home in Goring on Christmas Day.
Services have been held to mark Holocaust memorial
In Oxford members of the public and councillors gathered
for a special ceremony at the town hall, marking the anniversary
of the liberation of Auschwitz at the end of the Second World War.
John Fieldsend, who now lives in Thame, remembers Hitler coming
People of all faiths gathered at Oxford town Hall for Holocaust
Memorial Day. It has been more than 70 years since the genocide which
claimed more than 6 million Jewish lives. It gives us an opportunity to
member what happened in the context of the Second World War, to remember
the absolutely appalling industrialisation of killing. The
total lack of humanity in dealing with people. John witnessed this
first hand. As a young Jewish boy living in Germany he heard Adolf
Hitler address a rally. I can still remember that voice, ... That
memory. It's firmly locked in the back of my head as I can't find the
off switch. John now lives in tame. During the Second World War he and
his black brother fled to Britain from Nazi, occupied Czechoslovakia.
Their parents were taken to and chips. John still has the final
letter they sent him. We want to say farewell to you who wear our dearest
possession in the world. And only for a short time were we able to
keep you. Don't forget us and be good. I come to, thank all the good
people who have accepted you so nobly. Today photographs from the
Holocaust went on display at the town Hall. The pictures of those
emaciated bodies, the lines going to the gas chambers, yes, they are
powerful images and ones that should inspire us to make sure it never
happens again. Victims of genocide is in Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia
were also remembered, along with those still being subjected to
racism and intolerance. The actor, author and activist
Russell Brand has helped to launch a new service for people living
with mental health issues. Buckinghamshire Recovery College
runs educational workshops in Aylesbury It now hopes people
who have experienced troubles It now hopes people who have
experienced troubles in their past will mentor
those in need of help. We can't help everyone but everyone
can help someone. A famous saying which encapsulates the ethos of a
brand-new institution launched in Aylesbury this morning.
Buckinghamshire Recovery College holds classes the people struggling
with mental health will stop at today's event one man who has openly
struggled with his was keen to lend his voice. Mental health is a
disease of perspective. It is impossible for a person to attain
that perspective in solitude, they report quiet support and community
from people that understand it. The idea is simple. Health professionals
work alongside tutors who have had their own personal battles with
mental health. They then share their experiences to help others overcome
the issues. The college took on its first students in September and now
have nearly 200 people enrolled in workshops and courses tailored to
improve their well-being. I'm now working in supporting people in
mental health who need that support and understanding. And for me that
passion is creativity and it has helped me get back on the road to
recovery. But it has been 18 years and now is the right time for me to
talk about it. I think they think there is this idea of recovery as
some kind of finished product. I'm going to pop out of eight box and
go, I recovered now! Hopefully that stigma will diminish and the
perception will be, you can live meaningful life with a mental health
difficulty. Today's event was the start of what the college hope will
be a long, successful journey, stopping thousands of people
overcome mental health one by one. Still to come -
A new season on skates... The team sport combining hockey,
rugby and even F1 - Some of the big names in Oxfordshire
sports are here ready for the Oxfordshire sports awards.
All this week we've been hearing some of the inspirational stories
of families who've been cared for by the Children's Hospital in Oxford.
Tonight, in the last of our series, we hear from some of the people
who fundraise for the charity - to help pay for medical equipment
as well provide respite facilities for families who need
Katharine Da Costa has been to meet three friends from Bicester who've
set their sights on raising ten thousand pounds to mark
Three families with three big reasons to be thankful
She was born with a cleft pallet, dislocated hips and also
respiratory problems which meant that she needed to be resuscitated
When Ralph was born he was unresponsive
and they had to work on
Unfortunately, he didn't stay breathing and they had to keep
So he was taken into SCBU, into the intensive care unit, and he
When Remy was six months he was rushed
into hospital with sepsis and meningitis.
We were told by the doctors it was potentially fatal.
We really at the time had no idea of what the outcome was going to be.
And what long-term lasting effect he would have as a result of it.
They've all experienced the difficulties of living
at the hospital with a sick child and the strain
It made a really tough time as comfortable as it could possibly
They helped the family as a whole, not just Beth.
They were there with a cup of tea when we had really bad days.
They worked tirelessly, which is just
But even down to the small details, like the children's
playroom - the batteries are always stocked
and there's always something to play with.
So, to show their appreciation and go the extra mile
for the tenth anniversary year - the mums are planning to run 52
miles in competitive races - from the Ox5 at Blenheim
to the Oxford half marathon later this year -
and they hope to raise ?10,000 in the process.
I'm not a natural runner at all but I'm trying my hardest.
I've bought a second-hand treadmill so
I'll be practising in the evenings and while the children are in bed.
You never know, we might hate the Oxford Half in October and then
one of us has this great idea to enter a marathon before
the end of the year - you never know.
We've been so lucky with the hospital so, to be honest,
raising ?10,000 feels like a very small price to pay,
cos there's no price on the gratitude we've got.
Well, a short time ago Eleanor Jones came into the studio -
she's the hospital's head of fundraising.
I asked her why launch a new fundraising campaign now.
The tenth anniversary appeal to raise ?2
enhance the services we need, and hospital
have said to us this is
what they need to make those services better for those young
So what we're doing is trying to inspire the communities
create the children's Spittal in the first
place to come together to
contribute to that ?2 million and raise money for some
What projects do you need to get money for?
The biggest is our parents' accommodation project.
We will be expanding the accommodation
we offer for the parents at the Children's Hospital, meaning mums
and dads can stay near their sick children while they are in hospital.
We are going to expand that from 17 to 60 beds.
We're also going to be investing in state-of-the-art
equipment, we're going to be improving some of those outside play
areas, and just making those young patients' stay in hospital that
There are a lot of charities out there who want people
Some people might question why the NHS needs additional support.
We want the NHS to be directing all of their funds
into front-line clinical services, and a charities here to make those
little added extras that little bit better.
So from toys and games in our children's' playrooms all the
way up to the big things like creating a dedicated Children's
The charity gives the NHS a bit of flexibility to get not just
what is needed but what makes the biggest difference.
And obviously, like with all NHS services, demand
is growing and it's only ever going to grow in the coming years.
It means Oxfordshire Children's Hospital is a
wonderful place to come, because it is providing world-class care.
But that does mean those numbers are just going to increase
so what is really important to us is that we
are not just planning for now, we are planning for the future.
And that is why we're investing ?2 million in
So how big a challenge as it to get people who
haven't had family members in the hospital to give money?
Obviously, we've seen that people are so
grateful when the doctors and nurses have been so kind, and they get out
How hard is it to persuade other people
Well, like you saw from the three ladies in the BT
Well, like you saw from the three ladies in the VT
earlier, those people that have been touched by the Children's Hospital
absolutely recognise the need for it.
But we are constantly inspired by patients and our clinicians and
those fundraisers, and I don't think there's a single person in
Oxfordshire that hasn't been touched by one of those groups.
So what we want to say to the communities is,
be as proud as we are about the place that you created.
It was fundraising that created the Children's Hospital in the first
Come together and let's make a difference for those
We're less than two hours away from the start
of the Oxfordshire Sports Awards - being held at the Kassam Stadium.
He's also presenting our sports round up tonight.
Jerome - you're a man in demand this evening.
I'm not as in demand as the wine waiters here all the people handing
out the awards tonight, because that is what we are going to find out
Knight, who has won the 15 awards to celebrate Oxfordshire success in
2016. More of that come. We have all sorts of people nominated. But it is
with the Olympics that we start our sports tonight. And in Milton Keynes
weather suggestion from Badminton England is that the next Olympics
will produce a very poor return in terms of medals if funding for the
sport not reinstated. Public funding was cut after the last Rio games
disbarred despite some success. They want to turn bronze into gold
in Tokyo but right now Olympic medallists Marcus Ellis
and Chris Language can't They, like all the other players
training at the National Badminton Centre, here in Milton Keynes,
face an uncertain future after the Hearing that news in
December was obviously, it was a real kick in
the I don't think anyone
could believe what It wasn't just a case
of the funding being we juiced, 18th of August 2016,
the day Marcus and Chris one Britain's first ever males
doubles Olympic medal. But before the year was out a UK
sports' decision not to spend a penny of their ?345 million
budget on Badminton, leading up to Badminton has launched
an appeal but it still has to prepare for the worst
if that appeal fails. We have to prepare for what life
without UK Sport funding It's been a very challenging
five or six weeks here. We've got a number of staff
We've informed the players about what their programme
could look like should we not be successful here.
UK Sport's Badminton snub means Marcus and Chris may need
UK Sport's Badminton snub means Marcus and Chris may need
to find between ?60,000 and ?70,000 each in the run-up to Tokyo, just to
A court is ?10 an hour and we train six hours a day.
And we need six courts, so that's quite a lot
These are not luxuries, these are the basic things we need.
And then in terms of tournaments, if we are
not travelling, playing tournaments our opponents in competition are.
And they are going up in the rankings and we are going down.
Badminton's players and coaches and management are confident in the
sport's ability to win Olympic and Paralympic medals in Tokyo and
They are now heading to London in just two weeks' time for
It will prove to be a pivotal moment for the sport.
here we are the Oxfordshire sports awards. People about start filing
in. The guests will have a little surprise halfway through when they
help launch the BBC radio Oxford Move Eight campaign.
Physical inactivity is responsible for one in six premature deaths,
40% of long term illnesses and costs Oxfordshire councils
Doing a total of just 20 minutes of physical activity a day can be
more beneficial to your health than losing weight,
lowering your cholesterol or even stopping smoking.
Adina Campbell went to find out how much fun it can be!
Shifting and shuffling is what keeps this dance troupe from Oxford
But it's not just about the competitions.
Say I take a break from dancing for a little bit, I
start to feel my body start to stiffen up.
Any tension you feel, any anger or anything like
that, you can just feel relax afterwards.
Whether you choose to do more dancing, jogging or walking,
being more active is at the core of BBC Radio Oxford's
It's being supported by one of the county's
It's more about using nature and using what we've got in
Oxfordshire and some of the grounds, the Parks,
the country estates that
There are different motivations For different people.
Some people might want to join the gym and that
Some people might enjoy the outdoors a
The latest NHS guidelines recommend we do about two and half hours of
moderate aerobic exercise like this dance class every week.
Or if you prefer your exercise more high
impact, you could choose to do 75 minutes of vigorous activity
In between all of that cardio we should
be fitting in strength conditioning sessions like weightlifting
The idea is to get more of us moving our bodies and embracing
It does make a tremendous difference, these exercises.
And if you don't mind me asking, how old are you?
If you don't move, you stiffen up and
the more you stiffen up the more you don't
want to do anything - you lose the will
But, essentially, the "Move It" campaign is about putting
So the guests here are going to help launch the campaign. Couple of them
are here. They are nominees in the awards. How proud are you to be
nominated? 2016 was wonderful. It was such a brilliant way to end.
Over the moon to be nominated. It is incredible. And the other nominees
have done such incredible things so it is such an honour to be amongst
them. And lovely to come back here now everything is settled after the
games. Now we have come home and we can celebrate amongst all the people
that have seen the journey all the way through. A lot of rowers have
Oxfordshire connections but not as deeply as you. School here and it's
where I first picked up and or and rowing on the river and here was
where the seeds were sown for that dream. This is Oxford knighted MDU.
Newcastle FA Cup game tomorrow. It's a fantastic occasion tonight and
tomorrow these are exactly the sorts of things we are proud to be a.
Reflecting on 2016, it was a incredible year for the club and
county as a whole. We are here to celebrate the successes of
everybody. We really put the club back on the map last season.
Everybody enjoyed the promotion. The fact that it is a sell-out tomorrow
demonstrates that perfectly. Swindon at Bristol Rovers and MK dons.
It's one of the fastest growing sports in the UK.
Now a roller derby side in Oxfordshire is looking
to attract new players, while at the same time
Peter Cooke has been to find out more.
The Oxford Roller Derby team have been playing in the city
Described as a mixture of roller hockey, rugby and F1 -
it's physical and growing rapidly across the UK.
There are ten skaters on a flat track, an oval track.
And the idea is that from each team there are four blockers
who protect the points on each team and one jammer.
And the idea is the jammer needs to get through the
opposing blockers, and every she passes an opposing blocker's
The club's chosen to support the Mental Health charity Mind this
year, and will be hosting a number of fundraising events
I work in education and mental health is the single biggest
issue that's going to face kids in the next ten years or so.
Anything we can do to support that issue and
that crisis that is going to happen is a good thing.
A charity game's being held at the Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre
A chance to discover a new sport perhaps for those
Lets get the weekend weather now - here's Alexis.
Good evening. We've seen a little rain today but overnight tonight
furthermore persistent rain will push in from the south-west and with
it bringing hill fog over Hilltop areas. Temperatures will drop to
around three or four Celsius. Chile with the breeze and the rain and
cloud. The rain will last until morning and will stay with us first
things Morrow, slowly clearing north and eastwards. One or two showers
will follow but brighter spells as well. Temperatures will be higher
than today. Tomorrow we will see a high of 78 Celsius. Tomorrow night
there may be one or two showers initially but with high pressure
building in things will start to quieten down during the early hours
of Sunday, maybe with a frost first thing. These other temperatures in
towns and cities but we could see as low as -1 or -2 in the countryside.
A potentially frosty start to Sunday. There will be a spell of
Reagan, persistent rain mainly light and patchy but the odd moderate to
heavy burst through the course of the day and further rain to follow
into Monday. This weather front moves its way. Of Wayne and brisk
winds. A soggy end to the weekend and start to next week. The outlook
tomorrow has some sunshine. Once the rain clears we'll see some brighter
spells but the odd shower tomorrow afternoon. Wind coming in from the
south-west will be stronger the further south. Sunday has a brisk
southerly wind. Rain at times on Sunday. Rain slowly clearing
eastwards. That will clear slowly on Monday. Tuesday will have spells of
rain but settling down into the middle part of next week.
Don't forget you can watch the sports awards on the BBC
Hope you have a good weekend - even if you're working.
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