07/11/2011 Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire


Following six-year-old Jack Marshall's fight against brain cancer. Plus, how wood is being favoured as a fuel as a result of the increasing costs of other forms of energy.

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Hello and welcome to Inside Out from North Lincolnshireshire. This


week we tell the story of six-week- old Jack Marshal and his battle


against brain cancer. His story proved an inspiration to thousands


of ordinary people as well as celebrities and footballers. I love


Also, tonight, burning issue - why the Forestry Commission are


encouraging woodland owners to cut down trees. Wood fuel is market by


which we can actively manage woodlands and produce better-


quality timber. And fair weather or foul? We met a


man who has set up a network of weather stations across the dales.


Yes, we have a reading. It's Now, it must be the worst thing


that any parent has to face - watching their child die, but when


Tracy and Craze Marshall found out their son had terminal brain cancer,


they decided to raise awareness about the issue. This film which


some people may find upsetting, follows the family during the last


few months of Jack's short but What Jack's come up against over


the last 18 months and how he's come every step of the way is just


eye opening. Jack is not sat that moaning, moping about things. He's


never whingeed about things, so you just have to dust yourself down and


move on. I feel proud, and I'm sure Josh feels proud as well. He's


amazing, very much braver than me. That's what I think, you know?


ten weeks we were told, "That's a really good scan,", we were told,


"I'm sorry. Your little boy is going to die." There's nothing


anybody can do. Good morning, Jackamo. Hiya,


gorgeous. It's September, six months since Tracy and Craig were


told their son Jack had just a few days to live. Love you. Organised


chaos I think is the best way to describe it. You just try and


maintain normality as best you can. But, you know, what is normal?


is now six. He was just four years old when doctors found a large


tumour in his train. I felt sick. I was panicked. I just kept thinking,


that's my little boy on the bed in there, and there's nothing that I


can do. After ten hours of surgery, the tumour was removed, but the


cancer had already spread. operation had gone well. They'd


removed as much as they safely felt they could remove, but the disease


had seeded elsewhere on his brain and down his spine. You had that


feeling of almost elation at the fact that Jack had come out of


theatre, but then you had the wave of panic over the fact that if it's


spread, then it must be cancerous. It was, and an aggressive form.


Jack needed months of chemotherapy followed then by radiotherapy.


Every single morning, I woke up, I would say to Jack, "Good morning,


Jackamo, how are you this morning?" And every single morning, no matter


what he'd been through, he'd say fine, every single day.


How is that? Is that all right? the point came when the doctors


could do no more. The family chose to look after Jack at home and not


at a hospital or hospice. I didn't want him to be in a strange place.


I didn't want us to be in a strange place, whether or not it meant me


sitting up throughout the night or us doing medicines constantly, then


so be it. He was on nearly 40 medicines when we first came home,


but you sort of get thrown in the deep end and learn quickly.


Although Jack now needs attention around the clock, the daily


routines of family life must go on, especially for the couple's other


son, Josh. Love you. Love you too. See you later. All right, mate.


doesn't want to go to school, not because he doesn't want to be in


school, because he just doesn't want to be away from his brother.


Ooh! Is the heating on this morning? Each day now follows a


familiar pattern. Since we have came home, I have never not slept


in the same room with him. This particular arrangement - definitely


in the same bed with him since March just so I can make sure he's


still breathing OK, he's not been sick. If cancer is the right word


for what it does - it's just destructive from everything from


your family life to social lives to normal life. When he was first


diagnosed, I sat putting makeup on. Craig said, "Why you doing that


now?" I said, "When Jack sees me, he's not like, what's going on


here? Not that he's going to think that. He was only four, but to me,


I needed to be as normal as possible. There are times when I


had to kick her out of the room and say to go and get some sleep. I am


here. The doctors and nurses are here. We're fine. Go and get some


sleep. I have had to force her into it. Then she's gone to get some


sleep, but hasn't slept because she's not with Jack. I've got Ben


Ten, Sonic. We'll decide on that while I am getting some bits and


bobs together. One, two, three. Mind you don't dunk your head on


# Glory, glory, Man United # Throughout the treatment, nothing


ever affected Jack's love of football, especially Man United.


like Rooney the best. It was during these months at home that the


family started telling Jack's story on Twitter, wanting to give Jack's


brain cancer a public face. I love all my best friends. That's very


nice. Among Jack's followers are many Premiere League footballers.


saw him on Twitter a few times, but it was more my mum. She made me


take notice. My mum followed him closely and said to me, there's a


little boy called Jack, and he's got the best smile you've ever seen,


so I started to follow him. And a day out with the Wilshires in


London and then Jack got to meet his biggest hero. As I had said to


Jack, you'll never guess who is stood there. Wayne came into his


line of sight, and he was just stood around and Jack had not


really said a lot all day, and he went, "Rooney, guess what - I would


like to kiss you." So Wayne bent down and Jack kissed him. We've met


some amazing people along the way. I'm not talking just celebrities.


I'm talking did you's and the me's. You know, we never realised that


we'd be able to raise as much awareness as we have with Jack


fronting that, leading the way with his smile. I think that might have


been a small seizure. The summer has now turned to autumn, and


Jack's condition has worsened. Where we are now is a little bit


more upsetting for me because three weeks ago, it would have been,


"Morning, mum", and I'd go, "Morning, Jack," and he'd go,


"Guess what, mum? I love you!" We'd have a cut, but it's less than that


now. Jack is sleeping most of the time, and the family are beginning


to prepare for what's to come. bought this one. The reason I


bought this one is to wear to Jack's funeral. I want to be proud


about Jack. I don't want to fall apart. I don't know what I'll be


like at the time. But for now, the daily routine continues, preparing


family meals must be fitted in around caring for Jack. I've left


him for a little while on his own now while cooking dinner, and


that's enough. The family are reluctant to leave Jack for even a


moment. Every second is more precious now than ever. To be


truthful, I don't really get to lay don't you? Mummy gives the best


snuggle. Jack died the next day. I got up


this morning. I just thought his eyes didn't look right. He didn't


seem like he was there anymore, and his breathing weren't right. As I


sat down, I just squeezed him, and I never wanted to believe that he


would die - even now, sort of. There's that feeling of disbelief.


We have been missing Jack quite a lot because one day we walked past


the room, and Jack's bed was there, and Jack's not there - a weird


Jack's story has always been about making other families aware of


brain tumours, and that will still continue - a lasting legacy for a


little boy who touched so many people. The way that he was special,


the way that he stood out from the crowd can - and I am determined


will - still make a difference. awareness of it will carry on. I


will use pictures of Jack and talk about Jack, not quite the way I


envisaged him - being a doctor - but his name is Jack Marshall.


He'll do what he wants. Coming up on Inside Out, rain or shine. The


man trying to help people in the dales help people decide whether


As the cost of heating our homes continues to skyrocket, it seems


that a form of fuel that's been around for thousands of years is


making something of a comeback. Asha Tanner has been hearing how


chopping down trees for fuel can Imagine a way of heating our homes


with something that won't hurt the planet, has a secure supply for


centuries to come and is all around We have been using wood as fuel


since prehistoric man struck his first campfire, and there's no


shortage of this stuff in this part of the world, so what's stopping us


from turning all of these trees into fuel? This is what we


traditionally think of as biomass fuel - power stations fed by willow


and wood pellets, all done on an industrial scale. The Forestry


Commission has its sights set on another type of wood fuel - trees,


and more specifically, trees belonging to private wood owners.


have known this wood since I was a young boy. I have walked past it


just about every day of my life, and I got a chance to buy it


probably two years ago, and I took the opportunity. When you bought


the woodland, what did your family say to you? On the day that we


finally signed and I bought it, I brought them down, and I stopped on


the roadside and said, "This tree is yours," and she says, "You


what?" I said, "We bought the wood. This is our woodland," and they


were amazed. Andrew is a sculptor and was planning to use the wood to


display some of his work, but felt it was more than just a pretty


place. I took some advice from the Forestry Commission about managing


this woodland, and they advised me that all Sycamores had to come out.


Once you have took them down, you have to do something with them, so


the case is that we're chopping it up and hopefully selling it.


Who will you be selling it to? plan is to sell it within this


local area, within a two-mile radius or so. The demand for wood


fuel is rising rapidly. The market has expanded almost tenfold in the


last five years. What we can't produce ourselves, we're forced to


import, and that leaves a big carbon footprint. But if the


Forestry Commission could tap into private owners like Andrew, there


could be piles more local timber available, ten million more tonnes,


they say, by 2020. Rudy, why do you want to encourage people to use


wood fuel? Well, what we've got is 92,000 hectares of woodland in the


Humber. About half of that woodland is under managed. What about for


purists who are worried about the destruction of woodlands


themselves? What would you say to them? Well, wood fuel is a market


by which we can actively manage woodlands, create better ecosystems


and produce better quality timber, so everybody wins - timber, climate


change, tackling fossil fuel use and obviously improving the ecofuel


system at the same time. On the Zetland Estate in North Yorkshire


they run one of the biggest private forestry operations in Yorkshire,


but even they only recently turned to wood to heat the estate. We were


looking for market for the estate's timber. The high price of oil was


driving us towards looking at renewables, and this seemed a great


opportunity for us to put the two together. Woodland makes up two-


thirds of the Zetland Estate. a long testify term thing, forestry.


You're only a custodian of the woodlands for a short period. A lot


of the timber we have at the moment was planted way before I started


here by different forestry managers and Lords of this estate. They're


now producing enough fuel to heat all the estate building, plus the


local school. This is all very well in rural North Yorkshire, but most


of us don't live on a country estate. What would be a real


challenge would be to set up a similar system in the former coal


fields of South Yorkshire. This used to be a powerhouse of fuel


production and could be yet again, thanks to an EU grant. The


partnership came up with a �95,000 grant to help resuscitate this


woodland on the outskirts of Barnsley. Lynne, why hasn't it been


economic to produce wood fuel? Private forestry owners tend to


look at it in, how much is it going to cost us to take this out of the


wood? And when you have planted timber 50 years ago, and you're


taking it out, at the end of it, you're just going to leave it there,


aren't you? We have been able to identify 290-something woodland


within the South Yorkshire owner and being able to approach those


woodland owners and ask them what more they want from their woodland,


how they can manage it better and help them by learning from their


European colleagues who are already active in managing their woodland


more actively. They've set up a supply chain so that wood can be


processed and used in the area. We're used to solid fuel, used to


handling solid fuels used to storing fuel, burning fuel. These


grants are primarily to drive the wood fuel supply chain, which it is


now doing. It is now economic to thin woodlands, and at last we see


some light at the end of the tunnel. I bought this wood through money


that was earned in the Barnsley area. I am keeping it as good as I


can for the area. This is where some of his wood might end up.


This woodchip boiler is heating 166 flats in the centre of Barnsley,


the biggest community wood-powered installation in the UK. Coal has


become expensive over the last few years, but we also want to reduce


the amount of carbon that we're releasing from this site into the


atmosphere. This particular type of scheme is a very efficient form of


heating, far more efficient than single-dwelling heating systems, so


it does work out very cheap in terms of running costs. Turning


forest owners into wood fuel producers could provide enough fuel


to heat a quarter of a million homes, and in the process, preserve


our woodlands for future generations. I didn't realise until


I bought this wood how important it is. Unless they're maintained and


thinned out, they just become dead spaces. I don't truly believe I own


it. I am just the sort of caretaker As we all know, planning anything


outdoor -- planting anything outdoors can be an absolute lottery


because of did weather. We sent our weather man who is trying to help


out by setting up a series of local weather stations across Yorkshire.


We do start the forecast with a severe Met Office warning for


further snow. Not only will the showers be big and heavy, but with


just a light breeze, they'll be slow moving. A beautiful start to


the day, but don't be fooled because it is going to turn showery.


I have been forecasting the weather in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire for


just over four years. In that time I have seen all kinds of weather.


It may be a clee share, but in this part of the world, it really can


get four seasons in one day. Most of the time I like to think we'll


get the forecast right, but occasionally, things can go wrong.


That's what makes the job so challenging. We're going live in


just a minute. Take a look. This is a cloudy old day.


Advances in technology mean that forecasting is more accurate than


ever before, but the weather can sometimes be a little mischievous


and difficult to pin down, especially at a local level. So I


have come to meet a man who is giving us forecasters, shall we say,


a helping hand. Right. We have the wind cups, forward speed. That


collects the rain. OK. What about this? And this is the integrated


sensor suite that collects all the information, and that goes to the


console here. John Livesley has always been fascinated by the


weather, and when he retired, he decided to turn his dream of


providing a network of local network stations across the country


into a reality. I started to offer coverage from Ilkley to Bowness,


started with a weather station here, and before I knew it, people were


contacting me saying, "Can we have a station please?" Within two-and-


a-half years John had had weather stations all feeding data back to a


website that can be accessed by anyone. The information off the


console gets into the system and is displayed here in these various


different charts. So you have the temperatures, UV, solar, rain


gauges, a forecast. You can just see that is real-time, not animated.


We have a graft button and the webcams. What this means is anyone


can log on to a computer and find out exactly what the weather is


doing at that moment of time in the Yorkshire dales. The site also


offers a forecast, but not in the sort of detail I am used to.


observations are really useful and you claim accurate. But what about


the forecast - that's vague - precipitation possible within 24-48


hours. I understand what you're saying about the vagaries of the


forecast, but that forecast could change within five or ten seconds


as it computes something else, and the way this system works is it


builds up its database of conditions - cause and ec, and it


will get more and more accurate with time - literally with years.


For John, the project, which he calls MyLocalWeather, really is a


labour of love, but it can also be quite time-consuming. Today there


is a problem up in Ribblehead. have frequent power cut, which


computers don't like, so that may be a combination of factors that's


causing the problem, and it's remote, and it's unmanned, and it's


cold, and it's wet, and it's grey, but apart from that, it's a great


day. In between putting in new station and maintaining existing


one, it's almost become a full-time job. And as I speak, we have


rebooted this, and I am - fingers crossed, as we speak, it's doing


what it should do and downloading fast - I can tell by the way the


digits are going. Up next is the Wensleydale Creamery. I have a


spare console so I can take that up on to the cherry picker with myself


and Phil and plug that in. Hopefully, we can get a reading


from there. And the job is a good one, fingers crossed.


Mind your head. Health and safety at all times. It takes a few


minutes to fit the part, and the weather station is back in business.


Yes, we have a reading. It's working. John's weather station


aren't just about letting people know what the weather is doing.


They also have a practical use. I am off to Dalby Forest to find out


more. The forest is a massive tourist attraction bringing in


walkers and cyclists from all over, but with 3,000 hectares of woodland,


it's also a valuable source of timber and all of this takes


careful management. The weather station gives accurate


information. We found it's actually got a lot of use for our own forest


management, things like checking for fire danger and water stress on


the plants and stuff like that we grow. The weather station gives


accurate information about rainfall as well as evapotranspiration rates,


so rangers know how much moisture is leaving the forest. This morning


it was only .5 of a millimetre, which is no stress at all on a


plant. As that figure comes up to figures like 20, that's stressful


for plant. You can actually monitor that on a live format. So now we


know that John's weather stations have their uses, but what about


their forecast? I think it's time for a bit of a challenge. OK, then,


John. See you there. Bye. Here's the plan. We have set a date in the


future - the Kilnsey Show, and on that day, John's going to give his


forecast. I'll give mine. We'll see if it's right. Now on to the


weather prospects. It's the Kilnsey Show today. How is it looking?


looking cool and cloudy, and if I were a girl, which I am, I would


probably take my brolly because there is the risk of the odd light


shower. Good morning. How are you? Very well. How are you? Very well.


I have done my forecast. I think in summary it's probably going to be


fairly cloudy, probably mostly dry, but there could be the odd light


shower and cool as well. What about you? From the readings at Kilnsey


Park, the close base is quite low. It's a light wind, and it is saying


that there are increasing clouds with little temperature change, but


precipitation is possible within 24-48 hours. Sadly, a gloomy day, I


think, for us all. All right, John. I'll see you there. The Kilnsey


Show always falls on the Tuesday after the August Bank Holiday. It


attracts thousands of visitor, so an accurate forecast is vital for


the organisers. The weather forecast is probably


the most important thing we have to deal with at the show. We all


listen to it. One says one thing, one says another. We try to listen


to one that is correct. Like a BBC One? Like a BBC! So John, it's just


gone 1.00pm. How do you think we're doing? I think it's a draw. We have


both come up with the same forecast - a good old August grey day.


Absolutely. It's overcast. We have both driven through a shower on the


way here. It feels cool. It does indeed. No factor 24 today. Having


these extremely local weather station can certainly be of use to


some people and could be best used to complement the weather forecast


by the Met Office. Let's face it - when you live in a place where the


weather is so variable, why not take advantage of your very own


weather station? And guess what - after we left, it rained all


afternoon, just to prove how fickle If you want to contact us about any


of tonight's stories, you can do through our Facebook page or via


Twitter. That's all from here in North Lincolnshire. Make sure you


join us for next week's programme when we'll be investigating the


Six-year-old Jack Marshall caught the nation's imagination with his brave fight against brain cancer. In this special film, Jack's family invited BBC cameras in to document his final weeks. Also Asha Tanna looks at the rise of wood fuel as the price of other forms of energy spirals, and Keeley Donovan tests out the accuracy of mini weather stations in the Yorkshire Dales.

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