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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today with Mary Rhodes and Michael Collie.


The headlines tonight: Concerns for our hospices - could


they be the big loser in the new Health Lottery. Without them, a lot


of families would not be able to cope.


The epilepsy patient forced to move after being refused a vital


operation in Staffordshire. I think is wrong what they are doing in


Stoke-on-Trent. It shouldn't happen, not to a child, anyway.


The latest move to find legal sites for gypsies but where should the


travellers rest? And another charge from the Bulls.


Hereford United continue their Good evening and welcome to


Wednesday's Midlands Today from the BBC. Tonight, there are concerns


that local hospices' fundraising could be hit by the new Health


Lottery. The Chief Executives of two our region's hospices have


admitted they're worried about local supermarkets giving the


lottery a high profile. The National Lottery, which has been


going for 17 years, gives 28 pence from every pound to good causes.


The new Health Lottery will give just over 20p. But many hospices


here in the Midlands also run their own lotteries, with tickets being


sold alongside the other two in local shops, and now many are


worried their sales will fall. Caring for life limited children.


It cost seven-and-a-half �1,000 a day to run this hospice in


Worcester, the same again at each of their other two sites. Some of


that comes from their own lottery but now there is this - the health


lottery is a national draw which is feared could damage local campaigns.


Our contention is we are genuinely a local not free. It is a source of


income we need, �70,000 a year, and, thirdly, the amount of money that


actually comes to us through our own lottery arrangements is usually


greater than that offered by the Health Lottery. Families benefiting


from acorns have expressed concern. This baby received and of life care


until his death. His mother is worried at the hospice could lose


income. It would be a terrible shame to everyone that use this


ospreys because without them a lot of families would not be able to


cope. It runs its local lottery in conjunction with St Richard's


husband's -- Hospice. They also worried about it. They are only


giving 20 p in the pound to charity. The National Lottery gives 28 p. We


pay 50 p. It does pay money to good causes but the other lotteries give


more and I would urge in Worcester City Centre there was a mixture of


concern and support. At it is a good thing, definitely. The health


could be improved. I am not going to try it because I would rather


help the hospices and the other charities, because I know where


they are going, then. It is wrong, not generating as much for charity.


In a statement, the People's Health Trust, distributing cash from the


new lottery, said it believed the money would be a credible injection


of funding for the charitable sector and it said it didn't


believe it would be detrimental to existing hospice income. That


remains to be seen as the likes of this hospice and other hospices wit


to find out what the true impact of a lottery set up to support the


health service actually turns out to be.


Joining us now from London is Ralph Mitchell from the Association of


Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations. Do you feel the


Health Lottery will damage income for hospices, or do you recognise


that some of the money being spent on tickets will be "new money",


which could raise income for hospices?


The fear is very much that it will deprive charities of money. You


heard the maths. The advertising that the new Health Lottery is


doing is very explicitly trying to attract people away from the


National Lottery to what's this new Health Lottery, so it is highly


likely that less money will go to good causes. We help -- we heard


the statement from the Health Lottery, saying they are work -


were working with hospices, and there are happy the lottery will


not be detrimental to existing hospice income. They might be right,


more people might play at. Well, they might be like -- they might be


right, but it is highly unlikely because this lottery is marketing


itself as a competitor to other lotteries that give more to charity.


The simple fact, it seems to me, is highly likely that if you play this


lottery, less money goes to charity, more money goes to Richard Desmond.


In your view, we heard from two hospices, what are they don't have


to do now? They are in a very difficult situation. There is not


much they can do beyond telling the public that they have this choice.


Either they play the existing hospice lotteries, which will


support those hospices substantially, or they play the


people's Health Lottery and the result is those hospices have


difficulties. So those hospices are in a critical situation. People


that can play either lottery have a very clear choice to make, and I


actually think the government has a choice to make, too. One of the


things we have asked them to do is to look at whether this new lottery


is exploiting a loophole in the law, because it is highly unlikely that


Parliament, when it legislated for these lotteries, intended for this


kind of outcome. And for less money going to charities. Thank you very


much indeed. So, do you think there's room for


this extra lottery, and have you changed which one you play every


week? Join the debate on our Facebook page and we'll read some


of your comments out at the end of the programme.


Still to come on tonight's programme... Happy Diwali. Happy --


Habiba Seoul. We will be finding out why this year's Diwali has


brought a much-needed economic boost.


A postcode lottery for care. That's the claim after a teenager was


refused an operation three times in North Staffordshire, but was


offered it at the first attempt in Nottingham. Ryan Lomas suffers from


a severe form of epilepsy which means he can have several fits a


day. Here's our Health correspondent, Michele Paduano.


14-year-old Ryan Lomas has a severe form of epilepsy. He takes a


cocktail of drugs. Ryan's fits can be life-threatening and he has


already broken an eye socket and lost a tooth. When he lived in


Biddulph, he was refused an operation for a vagal nerve


stimulator which might reduce his fitting, but the NHS in Nottingham


has said yes. First time we got refused, and then the second time


and then the third time. There was no chance he was going to have it


done. It was something to do with where we were in Stoke-on-Trent. It


was stupid, really. Ridiculous. used to leave -- used to live in


Biddulph, but if he lived a couple of miles up the road, he would have


been far more likely to have got the funding. In fact, in a year in


North Staffordshire they thundered just 5% of all special requests,


wears in Stoke-on-Trent -- Stoke in Trent they funded more than 50%.


Just half a mile away in Biddulph lives seven-year-old William Merron.


His moods change rapidly. He too was refused an operation by NHS


North Staffordshire so his parents raised the money. Terrible. Why


they don't funded here where they funded everywhere else, we struggle.


We didn't have the money at hand, so the only way to do that was to


raise the money. William's fits are beginning to return. The stimulator


will take up to six months to start working. A vagal nerve stimulator


is a type of pacemaker which sends mild electrical pulses to the vagus


nerve. The signals travel into parts of the brain thought to cause


the seizures. Trials show the vagal nerve stimulator can halve the


number of fits in 40% of patients. We think this is not an isolated


case but is happening to lots of families, and, therefore, epilepsy


services, it is a postcode lottery as to whether or not you get the


treatment you need. In a statement, Ryan will have his operation next


month. More patients may move in future to get the treatment they


need. West Midlands Police Authority has


received more than 300 claims against it for damage to property


caused during the August riots. Under laws dating back more than


100 years, the force is liable to pay compensation. The claims mount


to more than �5 million. The issue is being discussed at tomorrow's


Police Authority meeting and we'll have a full report on that on


Midlands Today. The Stoke-on-Trent pottery firm


Jesse Shirley has ceased trading, and made its staff redundant. The


190-year-old firm went into administration in 2009 because one


of its biggest customers was Wedgwood. But it was saved by a


management buy-out. Now the company's confirmed it's ceased


trading, but hasn't revealed why. Its 27 staff were made redundant


last week, and administrators are due to be appointed.


MPs have been debating the future of BBC Local Radio. The 40 English


local radio stations are being asked to make cuts to their budgets


that'll result in changes to programming and job losses. One


Midlands MP suggested that local radio was vital to communities and


should be treated sensitively by BBC bosses, but the Culture


Minister said it wasn't for him to tell the BBC what to do.


Most importantly, local radio is the part of the BBC which has was


genuinely local and based in the communities it serves. More so than


television and online, the 40 radio local stations are often the only


representation of the BBC's service in our constituencies. It is not my


job to tell the BBC what to do. I think that would be quite wrong for


a minister to order the BBC to close down a particular service or


saved another service. That is the job for BBC management.


And you can have your say on the proposed BBC cuts by visiting the


BBC Trust's website. Just 24 hours after the gypsy site


in Meriden was deemed illegal, it seems plans for new legal


travellers sites in North Worcestershire are proving just as


controversial. Some residents in the Wyre Forest area of north


Worcestershire say they're worried that proposals for small sites


could attract more travellers than they're being built for. Tonight,


the latest consultation meeting takes place in Cookley, near


Kidderminster. Jackie Kabler has been looking at what's being


proposed. This is the 250 acre old Lea Castle


Hospital site in Cookley near Kidderminster. Derelict for years


and earmarked as a possible site for 15 traveller pitches. But it's


surrounded by residential areas, and locals had hoped there'd be a


housing and leisure development here. We were very surprised when a


few months later, this was suddenly identified as a site Ford gypsies,


travellers and travelling show people. But the site would only


take up a tiny corner of this huge plot, so what's the problem?


could have an effect on selling the rest of the land and if they were...


If there was a gypsy site nearby, that could put people off. Gypsies


have to live somewhere. Is this a case of Not In My backyard? Mare.


We think the site is unsuitable and we are few -- fearful that the


gypsies could be affected by illegal set-up of camps on the rest


of the site. Just a few minutes' drive away, the other site. An old


score, right next to a residential area, and under the proposals,


there would be 10 pitches here. But the Council says it's under


pressure from the Government to find new sites.. The latest


government -- the latest government guidance says we have to meet unmet


demand which is what we're doing, but it is a consultation and we are


listening to the public, and all of those fees will be taken into


account. The eviction of illegal travellers at Dale Farm in Essex


hit the headlines, while yesterday the site at Meriden in Warwickshire


was also declared illegal. But gypsies say the public perception


of their community is simply wrong. 90% of planning applications made


by gypsies and travellers are turned down, which explains why so


many people living legally. They are a nice bunch of people that a


trust discriminated against. They are just an ethnic minority.


public consultation in Worcestershire continues, as will


the arguments. The consultation finishes in November and we will


keep abreast of that one. Thousands of Hindus, Sikhs and


Jains are celebrating Diwali today, the Festival of Lights. And for


many of our shopping areas, that means business is booming. Our


reporter Sarah Falkland has spent today in Birmingham's Soho Road,


where most of the shops are independent, family-run businesses.


Happy Diwali! Happy Diwali to everyone!


There's a party atmosphere on the Soho Road. For many, Diwali is all


about food. They've been queuing up for sweets, or jalebi, at this shop


since 8 o'clock. So, with the recession and job losses, is anyone


cutting back this year? What will they be spending this Diwali?


-- Unlimited. More than several hundred? Maybe. Oh... It can come


up to about �400. Years. And that's music to the ears of traders.


been a difficult year with the recession and the riots and so we


need Diwali to give us an upward, a bruised, psychologically and


financially. -- a boost. This sweet shop suffered a 20% drop in trade


this year so it's gone into overdrive for Diwali and produced


35 more sweets in the hope it can claw back some profit. -- 35% more


suites. It changed his moods. It is about giving and receiving, just


like Christmas is. But it does change the mood, so hopefully it is


a turning point. Because of the high price of silver, there aren't


many silver foil sweets, because a kilo of those will set you back �70.


But this festival isn't just about food and fireworks. Bringing the


community together. Happiness. And we all feel good. And, you know,


tonight is going to be lights. Diwali means literally "rows of


lights". Candles will be lit tonight in thousands of homes.


And Sarah's now at the Geeta Bhavan Mandir building in Handsworth,


where festivities are getting in full swing, so what's happening now


Sarah? Well, I'm at Europe's bigger Sikh


temple. The hive of activity. Lots of people here for prayers. Out in


the precinct, you can see everybody wants to light a candle. Diwali, in


the Hindu religion, but in Sikh favour, it is something else, isn't


it? It celebrates the 6th gurus liberating kings. What is the


significance of the Campbells? candles represent the light in God


that was in all of the kings and humanity and it is about spreading


that light, recognising that in everyone and remembering that


everyone, because they have that light, they are entitled to the


same freedom and liberation. What does it mean to you as a young Sikh


was made it reminds me of human rights and all of these sorts of


things, and it is a reminder of the importance of being true to what


people are entitled to and caring for them. There is a lovely warm


atmosphere, not just from the candles. What will you do tonight?


I will be praying, and spend it with my family and reflecting on


what it means to be a Sikh, and to help humanity, in general. You can


probably hear the bangs of the rockets and fireworks. There is


more candles been lit. We will review with a message from the


people at the temple. Everybody... Happy Diwali!


Still to come in tonight's programme:


The humble apple finally gets the recognition it deserves in the


Onto football, and Stoke City and Wolves are both hoping to make it


through to the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup tonight. Stoke


start as favourites to beat Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium,


but Wolves face a Manchester City team who won 6-1 at Manchester


United on Sunday. However, manager Mick McCarthy is confident his side


We understand we haven't enjoyed the best five weeks, players


understand it, and they are desperate to make it better. The


good thing is we have got the quality and spirit to make it


better. And we will. We will get better.


There's full commentary on both those matches on your BBC local


radio station from seven o'clock this evening and you can see all


the goals in the League Cup Show on BBC One at 11:20pm.


Three weeks ago, Hereford United fans must have feared their team


was heading out of the Football League. Six games without a win had


left them in the relegation zone. But last night's victory at


Northampton was just the latest step in a thrilling revival. Nick


were second bottom of the entire Football League and the fans were


worried about the future. Four weeks on and it all looks so much


healthier. Last night's victory at Northampton was their third in a


row, untold riches for a club who'd only won once in the League


previously this season. And the luck even seems to be going their


way as Steven Leslie's heavily deflected free-kick doubled the


lead given them by Nathan Elder. Even a goal back for Northampton


didn't throw them out of their stride and Hereford's night was


complete when Harry Pell headed home a third to move the Bulls well


up the table and four points clear up the table and four points clear


of the bottom two. Everyone is ecstatic with the winds we have got


but we want to keep our feet on the grounds. We are still at the bottom


or near the bottom, so we want to suffered their own heartbreak in


recent seasons. Twice in three years they've seen promotion slip


away in the play-offs. So last night's 1-0 home victory over


Accrington Stanley was all the sweeter as Tom Bradshaw's goals


lifted them into the automatic promotion places. Cheltenham Town


stay in the play-off positions despite losing 1-0 at home to Crewe,


their first defeat in eight games. But Port Vale bounced back from


Saturday's heavy home defeat by Morecambe with a swashbuckling


victory at Bristol Rovers. Sean Rigg's thunderbolt the pick of


their three goals. Walsall continue to struggle in League One. Alex


Nicholls' goal unable to prevent them losing 2-1 at home to Exeter


and leave them just one point above Worrying times.


Now, a reminder that you've got just four more days left to


nominate your BBC Midlands' Sports Unsung Hero. The closing date is


this Sunday. The Award is aimed at rewarding those who dedicate their


lives to helping others take part in sport, and to help in the search


for your nominations we've enlisted the help of a famous Warwickshire


and England cricketer. I am Ian Bell and by unsung hero


was the Warwickshire coach, Neil Abberley. It is time to nominate


Please, get your nomination form today and say thank you to your


unsung hero. That his this Sunday.


The Midlands has a long and glorious tradition of apple growing,


especially this year when there have been rather a lot! So for


Autumnwatch, our Environment Correspondent David Gregory has


been investigating the history of this humble fruit. And he joins us


now live from the centre of Birmingham. I have to say, David,


that's not the most impressive apple tree I've ever seen. You mean


my tiny Apple tree? Every day, I walk past it on the


way to work and ask: is this the remains of some long forgotten


orchard? Just one tree on a bit of wasteground in central Birmingham?


So when the president of the Royal Horticultural Society, no less,


invited Midlands Today to a special apple event, it presented a chance


to learn more about the history of apples in the Midlands. And perhaps


Kington on the Herefordshire-Wales boarder. And at Hergest Croft


Gardens, a celebration of the county's rich history or apples and


orchards. What are you doing with them at this time of the years?


collect them and to reduce them, and we are trying to do a great


deal more with the apples. In fact, this festival here has made a huge


difference to our attitude of the Apple. This festival is just one of


many events celebrating Herefordshire's Year in the Orchard


marking 200 years since this man, Thomas Andrew Knight, wrote the


first book to try and record all the apples and pears of the county.


And with so many apple experts on hand, it's also a chance to see if


that tree in your garden is actually a long lost apple variety.


So, I've brought one sad Apple from a sad and lonely Apple tree in


central Birmingham. Is there something special? This is from


central Birmingham. It's not the nicest Apple, but... It is hard to


be certain. It has got some of the colours and appearance at Worcester,


which is quite widely grown from the 19th century onwards. It has


been around a long time. So not a rare variety? Unfortunately, I'm


afraid not. Disappointment for me, but joy for others as the Royal


Horticultural Society hands out its first ever awards for orchards. The


awards were created for Herefordshire's Year in the Orchard


and to honour Thomas Andrew Knight's great achievement. But


there is one more coincidence here linking Herefordshire, the RHS,


apples and two people two centuries apart. Thomas Andrew Knight was the


founder of the Horticultural Society in 1,800 for. -- 1804. I am


the second career for Diame to be President, so that is why we are


here today and we are looking at all the apples of Thomas Antrim. --


Thomas Andrew Knight. Perhaps today we take the humble apple a bit for


granted. But this autumn has provided both a bumper harvest and


a chance to reconsider and celebrate Herefordshire's crowning


glory. So not a long lost variety. But if it grew from a seedling,


then it is at least unique. Because any apple tree, just like you and


me, that grows like that is a mix of both parents. So, not special,


but unique. And it does make an excellent crumble.


Tomorrow, meet the film maker who's been capturing the wildlife of


Shropshire for decades. And, as far as we know, he's also the only


wildlife cameraman who's also a Well, beautiful celebrating the


apples, but what about the weather? Maybe after tomorrow. We had a pure


showers today. Not too many, but now we are on the brink of wetter


weather. Rain is heading our way in the second half of tonight, coming


up from the South, heading up to the South coast, but the amounts


are adding up and by the time it reaches us, it is not going to be


as heavy. If we do get a sizable amount tonight, it is due to the


persistence the the rain and the length of time it is going to be


with us. Temperatures down to 8-9. That rain is still with us,


spreading further northwards. It looks as though the rain will be


airing on the side of the West, and the darker colours indicate the


heavier bursts, and then through the afternoon it eases away from


the West, becoming patchy. It is going to be a grim, grey and wet


day, and quite cold. The winds he's down, but the temperatures only up


to 10-11, so it is quite chilly for this time of year. That rain moves


away during tomorrow night, and as it clears, because it keeps


dampness, we will see a widespread fog developing. It is a bit chilly


with temperatures down to six. But fog clears through tomorrow or


Friday morning, meaning it will be brighter and drier after that with


the sunshine continuing through Saturday. The weekend will be


largely dry. So, some good stuff to come?


Years for. A look at tonight's main headlines:


It's now or never. The warning to European leaders as they gather in


Brussels for a crucial summit on the Eurozone debt crisis.


And concerns for our hospices - could they be the big loser in the


new Health Lottery? Before we go, we were talking


earlier about concerns some local hospices have about the Health


Lottery, worrying that it'll actually take money away from them.


Thanks for your thoughts on Facebook. James Craib says, "I


support our local Severn Hospice via their lottery then I know where


the money goes." Glen Watson says health care should be fully funded


through taxation. But Cheryl Aston says, "In the Healthy Lottery, 20p


goes to a good cause and the rest to winners; it's helping us our


help own country." Thank you for your thoughts.


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