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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.