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Hospital helps the doctors of tomorrow

POTENTIAL doctors are being offered help to get into medical school.

Bradford Royal Infirmary is running a training day on Saturday, October 28, offering help to fill in applications for places to study medicine.

Anna Mehrem, 18, is about to start medical school and praised the support she received from staff at BRI.

The teenager, who has won a place at Leeds Medical School, gained work experience at the hospital when she was 16 and then went on to take part in the hospital’s specialist courses helping enterprising youngsters who are set on a career in medicine.

Students who sign up for the Introducing Medicine summer school and other courses linked to it not only get support and encouragement from clinicians and staff but they also see for themselves what life is like on a busy ward, caring for patients.

Anna, who was educated at St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College, said: “BRI definitely prepared me with the skills to get this far and I would recommend these courses to anyone thinking of doing medicine.”

“Who knows – one day I might return to BRI as a doctor. I’d like that because it would be a great place to work.”

All of the courses are put together by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s clinical education team and are overseen by the Trust’s deputy medical director, Alex Brown.

The Trust’s work experience co-ordinator, Adele Speight, added: “I’m proud that Bradford hospitals can play such a role in creating opportunities for these young people who are clearly set on a career in medicine.”

To attend the training day email adele.speight@bthft.nhs.uk

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Bath Spa University transgender research block labelled ‘astonishing’

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A therapist says he is “astonished” by a university’s decision to stop him studying people who decide to reverse gender reassignment operations.

James Caspian wanted to write a thesis on “detransition” as part of his master’s degree in counselling and psychotherapy at Bath Spa University.

He said it was rejected by the university’s ethics committee because it could be “politically incorrect”.

The university said it couldn’t comment until after an internal investigation.

Mr Caspian, a counsellor who specialises in therapy for transgender people, told Radio 4: “I was astonished at that decision.

“I think that a university exists to encourage discussion, research – dissent even, challenging perhaps ideas that are out of date or not particularly useful.”

He says he wanted to study people who had swapped gender and then changed their minds after coming across evidence of a growing number of people who regretted having the surgery and finding no research had been done into the subject.

The university, formerly known as Bath College of Higher Education before gaining full university status in 2005, initially accepted his proposal but he struggled to find people willing to take part.

He said: “I found it very difficult to get people willing to talk openly about the experience of reversing surgery.

“They said they felt too traumatised to talk about it, which made me think we really need to do the research even more.”

Better ‘not to offend’

He amended his proposal – to include people who had transitioned to men and reverted to living as women but without reversing their surgery – and resubmitted it, but it was rejected by the ethics committee.

“The fundamental reason given was that it might cause criticism of the research on social media and criticism of the research would be criticism of the university and they also added it was better not to offend people,” he said.

According to the Times, it was rejected because “engaging in a potentially politically incorrect piece of research carries a risk to the university”.

American transgender activist Riki Wilchins said studies on transgender people could have a “political undercurrent” and potentially have a negative effect on the way they are treated.

“People have been launching studies that undercut transgender people’s access to surgery for decades now,” she told Radio 4.

But Mr Caspian said older studies were out of date and the research was necessary “to help people”.

He added: “The whole field has completely changed over the last few years.

“The idea that we might use the information from the research I was going to do in a way that wouldn’t help people is completely wrong.”

He is considering a legal challenge but is waiting for the university to conclude an internal investigation.

YOUR MESSAGES: Kathleen Farman book of condolence

We have had some very moving messages left in our online condolence book for a woman who died in the city centre last week.

Kathleen Farman, who was 54 and from the BD3 area of Bradford, was crossing Leeds Road on Wednesday when she suffered fatal injuries in a collision with a white Volkswagen Golf in Leeds Road at about 1.50pm on Wednesday September 20.

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If you would like to add your message to the collection below, the link is at the bottom of the article. Please note that all contributions will be reviewed by our staff before going live on this page.

Contributed by Sahera Sheikh

Rip Kathleen Thoughts are with your family at this sad time.. ❤️❤️❤️

Contributed by sharron postans

Kathleen gone but never forgotten, my wife and i have known you since you were very young, we were sorry to hear the tragic news, fly with the angels,rest in peace, From ted & betty, x x

Kathleen you were taken to fly with angels far too soon, i knew you through family, we shared a sister in law (christine) you will be missed by your family and friends, they will always have fond memories of there time with you, and you have a special place in your family and friends hearts, x x

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Contributed by christine lee

this is with Tracy Nassau has a young girl how long ago this was we had good times and bad but always together we stayed you will always be by my side I will miss your smile you tears bit most of all you god bless love always you are in my dreams your do as christine xxoo

A beautiful lady taken to fly with the angels too soon, gone but never forgotten, you were adored by your family and friends, you will be missed always, x x

Contributed by Kammy khan Khanny

R.i.p ❤❤❤

lv know you from being a child you baby sat my Tracy we laugh and cryed I looked after your children we got drunk got in trouble you will always be in my heart and my thoughts big highs love you bab I no you will be looking over us it’s normally you who cryed now it’s me you was like a mum to my children we will miss you so much love always your said christine

Contributed by Marilyn Mazza

Thinking of you all at this sad time love & condolences from Marilyn over in Brisbane Australia

Contributed by Amie Kafer

So sorry for your lose send lots of hugs rip

Contributed by Nazmina Akhtar

This is so so sad … i prayed lots when I heard of ur accident but god is the best decider … may u rest in peace n ur family find the strength to get through this tragic time 😪😪💔💔💔💔 r.i.p xxxxxxxx

Contributed by Hafsah K

I don’t know you but I work in Britannia house, we were all so saddened to hear what had happened and were all praying for your recovery. Thoughts and prayers for your family, friends and all those that will miss you, rest in peace 🥀 x

r.i.p. i was there on the day. stood in the crowd. how my heart fell in pieces as the police told me n my sister the sad news.
May Angels be beside you always. xx

Rest in peace🌹

Contributed by Maryiam Kamran

R.i.p beautiful lady 💔💔💔⚘⚘⚘ Its so sad to hear such a beautiful lady.

Contributed by jilie vinall

what a wonderful person you were, going to miss our weekly chats. R.I.P my friend, my thoughts, prayers and love to the family at this tragic time, gone but never forgotten x x x

My heart goes out to all your family, so sad, a lovely lady taken too soon. May you R.I.P. Kathleen.😔🌹❤️XXXX.

Contributed by julie bailey

so sad to hear you have been taken from your loved ones my thoughts and prayers go out to your familey rip xx

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Contributed by Tracy Nassau

I’m truly heart broken wot will i do without you aunt Kath you wasn’t my aunt u was my mum. Words can’t explain how I feel at all you was taken far too soon. RIP beautiful lady hope your having a party with nana love u with all my heart always and forever fly high my Angel you are the bright star in the sky.

I don’t know you but when I saw the emergency helicopter land & when I read the T & I hoped you was Okay. God had different plans, may you rest in peace. All condolences to you close family & friends ❤️❤️

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Contributed by Shakeelah Ali

Sooooo saddened to hear the awful news……my thoughts are with the family at this tragic time. May Allah provide comfort to your family and heal yr pain and grief ameen. Rip Kathleen. Xx

Contributed by Aisha Hussain

I was there on that terrible day i watched people rush to your aid, how I was praying for you to wake up, may you rest in peace and my condolences to all the family 💕💕💕💕

Contributed by Ayesha Aziz

May you R.I.P and may your family find comfort in each other at this heartbreaking time.. A terrible tragedy sadly happening all too often on the roads in this day and age…
I hope the police find the answers to this quickly so the family can begin to rebuild..
You will forever live on in the hearts of all who loved and knew you… my prayers and thoughts go out to your loved ones…

Contributed by Shazia Akhtar

Such a tragedy my deepest condolences to all that knew Kathleen. Rest in peace 🌹

Contributed by Samuel Bilton

Sad to hear what happened my thoughts go out to the family and friends of kath may she be gone but never forgotten r.i.p Kathleen fly higher up there ❤️❤️❤️

RIP.. this is so sad. My thoughts are with the family during this very difficult time. May God give you the patience to get by. Rest in peace hun x

Contributed by jodie phillips

R.I.P sleep tight beautiful. You left your footprint on many hearts you will be sadly missed. Fly high Kath xxxx

Rip Kath, condolences to your family.

Contributed by Eddie Needham

So sad RIP.

Contributed by Samia Kauser

Rest In Peace 🌹

Contributed by Adam Khan

RIP darlin xx

Contributed by Fareena Alam

RIP .. extremely saddened when reading about the tragic event that took place.. comments, flowers with handwritten notes shows how much you were loved, and will be forever loved and missed.
The almighty give your family and friends the strength to cope with your loss.
My daughter was in a taxi with her friend at that time, the public rushing to help!!!dropping their bags and phones running towards the lady.
Amazing people all of them, running to do anything they possibly could.
My most sincere condolences xx

I don’t know you but seems you were loved so very much. RIP, condolences to your family

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Contributed by Bibi Khan

So sad

The sky will shine brighter now as you watch over your family – much love to all the family, maybyou find strength every day 💔

Contributed by Sam Kendall

Rest in peace Kath.It was a pleasure to have known you. X

Contributed by Michael Henderson

Thinking of all the family at this very sad time, you were taken far too soon Kath but in my heart I will hold many memories. Always in our hearts and thoughts. R.I.P

Contributed by Fiona Summers

Such sad news. Sending love to all the family and close friends. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences❤

Contributed by Joanne Dyer

Thinking of your family at this sad time rip

Contributed by Christine Brook Garbus

Please accept my heartfelt condolences, my thoughts and prayers are with your family & friends. Sleep tight lady xx

Contributed by Jackie Roberts

If I was to pick a flower in a garden I would pick the best and that’s what god did .. r.i.p Kath. love Jackie and family xxx

Contributed by Rob Beezley

I’m a friend of Craig’s and can’t even begin to imagine what he’s going through, rip kath… thoughts with all of the family 🙁

Contributed by Diab Alhilaly

So sad to hear about the loss of Kathleen Farman

Contributed by tracy m

Night night Kathleen Sleep tight love. Sorry to your poor family that i couldn’t have done more. god bless. x

Contributed by Danielle Gray

R.I.P Katy such a lovely women fly high sweetheart xx

Contributed by rachael tempest

Well what can i say darling, no words in the world can explain, all i can say is i well and truly miss & love u so much and always will, what i would give just 2 hear your voice and your singing again, u will always be in my heart and by my side like u was every weekend ❤ RIP ❤

Contributed by VANESSA PARKINSON

Kath you are one of God’s special Angels now. Love you lots, I am utterly devastated. Sleep tight beautiful lady with a heart of Gold. xxxx Vanessa Parkinson

Contributed by Sammy Turner

R.i.p Kathleen sleep tight now taken too soon condolences to her family

Contributed by Sammy Turner

R.I.P Kathleen taken too soon and condolences to her family sleep tight now xx

Contributed by philip farman

r.i.p mum love u so much going to miss u n dominic, daniel, riley n gabriella going to miss u like hell love u nana

Contributed by Lesley Fearnley

RIP my lovely xx until we meet again ❤️❤️❤️

Rip kath , going to miss a lovely friend . Gone to soon xx

Contributed by Diane Tennant

You’ll always have a place in my heart. Rip to a very special friend. Gone to soon. Fly high angel ❤️

Contributed by Tracey Judson

Gone before your time. My thought and condolences to your family and friends Kathleen. Rip sweet Angel 💔💔💔

Contributed by Jessica Finbow

Gone to soon, fly high with the angels you will be sadly missed by so many love you loads Auntie Kath xxxx

Contributed by Gail Asquith

RIP Kath, 30 year friendship. Such a tragedy.

Contributed by Amy Farman

God only takes the best ❤️ RIP Auntie Kathleen xxxx

Contributed by claire tempest

RIP kathleen.. taken far too soon by this tragic event. Sleep tight xx

So sad RIP

E-bike gum! Cycle retailer launches Yorkshire Electric Bike Company

A NEW venture aiming to tap into the pedal-assisted bike market has been launched with a showroom in Saltaire.

A £200,000 investment has seen the launch of Yorkshire Electric Bike Company, a division of long established bike retailer All Terrain Cycles. The firm says they will offer one of the largest selections of branded electrically-assisted bikes in the region from the showroom, in Salts Mill Road, Saltaire.

The electric bike market is expected to catch up with Europe where it is estimated that 30 per cent of bikes are now electric.

Managing director Tony Booth said: “People seem to be more open to the idea of electric bikes. Initially, they were seen as being aimed at older people, but they are now becoming ‘hip’ with much younger riders who want the thrill of some off-road fun without the slog of ploughing up hills.

“There is still an element of exercise involved as you have to pedal in order for the motor to run, but it means you don’t have to be ultra-fit to go mountain biking with your friends and you have a little extra help if you’re recovering from an injury.

“Motorised bikes are environmentally-friendly and cost-effective, which also makes them ideal for commuters or teenagers who want some independence.”

More that 50 e-bikes will be offered in store from leading names in the sector such as Cube. Customers will also have the opportunity to go for a test drive.

Electric bikes have rechargeable batteries that are charged from a normal mains socket. It takes about three hours for a full charge, which lasts for around 20 miles, with a maximum uphill speed of 15mph. E-bikes do not require road tax or a licence.

Diabulimia

Just over a year ago Lesley and Neal Davison received a phone call telling them their daughter was about to be sectioned.

She’d tried to kill herself.

For years Megan had been keeping a secret. She had an eating disorder. But she hid it so well, nobody in her family ever realised.

On 4 August, aged 27, she hanged herself and left a six-page suicide note.

Megan had diabulimia.

The term refers to the combined impact of type 1 diabetes with an eating disorder.

The condition is not yet medically recognised.

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“She left us a very detailed note and she felt there was no hope for her, that there was nothing in place to help people with her condition,” her mum Lesley tells Newsbeat.

“In the absence of the help she needed, she couldn’t see any way of carrying on.”

Type 1 diabetes is an irreversible autoimmune disease which requires constant care.

Megan Davison suicide note

Every time a patient eats carbohydrates they must also inject insulin.

They must check their blood sugar levels frequently. People with type 1 diabetes need insulin to stay alive.

Diabulimia refers to diabetic people who deliberately take too little insulin in order to lose weight.

Doing this can be incredibly dangerous.

Megan Davison

Image caption “That’s Megan,” says her mum Lesley. “That’s how I’ll remember her”

“The one thing that not taking your insulin does, is you lose weight – you have an ideal tool,” explains Lesley.

She says that “Megan sometimes looked a bit thin but there was never anything that would indicate anything extreme”.

Experts say there are potentially thousands like Megan who are seemingly living a “normal” life but hiding their illness.

The leading type 1 diabetes charity JDRF estimates 60,000 15 to 30-year-olds are living with T1 in the UK.

Lesley and Neal Davison

Image caption Lesley, Megan’s mum, says “she hid a great deal from us, we had no idea she was not taking her insulin”

Professor Khalida Ismail is lead psychiatrist for diabetes at King’s Health Partners, London.

She runs the only outpatient clinic in the UK specifically for people with diabulimia.

“You can look quite well and have a normal body size,” she tells Newsbeat.

“And yet because you’re restricting insulin, you are running very high blood sugars and you are increasing your risk of diabetes complications.”

She explains that this can include damage to the eyes, kidneys and nerve endings.

After Megan’s death her family found there was an “inner circle” who knew more about her illness, including three friends and her boyfriend of six years.

“Like the loyal boyfriend, I was sworn to secrecy,” Andy tells Newsbeat.

Megan Davison and boyfriend Andy

Image caption In her suicide note Megan asked Andy to become an “honorary Davison”

Megan and Olivia Davison

Image caption Olivia Davison says her older sister was, “immense, because she was just Megan”

In her note Megan talks of her treatment in an eating disorder inpatient unit.

She describes managing her own insulin because “not one member of staff on the ward was even trained to administer insulin let alone understand it”.

“They gave me back my insulin because they couldn’t figure out the doses.

“It’s the equivalent of giving an alcoholic vodka or giving a bulimic a bottle of laxatives.”

Megan Davison

Image caption This picture appeared on Megan’s funeral order of service – she loved elephants

Her parents want Megan’s story to be known to help other families.

“The information they’re getting is just wrong for them,” says Lesley.

“It might be the best that’s available for the moment but it isn’t anywhere near good enough.”

She adds that Megan “needed something that was specific” to the condition and “not a sort of ad hoc of pieces that didn’t really do the job”.

DWED (Diabetics With Eating Disorders) campaigns for the omission of insulin for weight loss to be recognised as a mental illness.

Founder Jacqueline Allan says diabulimia is still not viewed in the right way.

“The second you stop taking your insulin you’re in the same amount of danger, regardless of your weight.”

Prof Khalida Ismail

Prof Ismail agrees and says psychiatrists need to “wake up” to diabulimia.

“The condition is very hidden,” she says. “Diabetes teams don’t know how to talk to patients about it.

“Eating disorder teams only see the extreme cases.”

She wants diabulimia to be recognised formally.

“Once psychiatrists start talking about it, debating it, awareness will grow.”

Megan’s dad Neal says they knew so little they would have been in “no-man’s land” without the letter.

“I honestly don’t know how we would have coped with it.”

“She didn’t want us upset,” adds Lesley. “Ad yet you end up devastated because nobody has been able to help her.”

Tim Kendall, NHS England’s national clinical director for mental health, tells Newsbeat that “people are waking up to it”.

“I was involved in producing the NICE guidelines on eating disorders and we devoted a whole section on how you manage people who’ve got diabetes and an eating disorder.

“We’re now disseminating that around the country.

“NHS England is integrating psychological services with physical health, including placing 3,000 new mental health therapists in GP practices.

“We have been asleep, no doubt, but we are waking up.”

For more information on diabulimia you can look at these information and support pages.

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Labour pledges law to cut credit card debt

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Legislation limiting the amount of interest that can be charged on credit card debts is being promised by the Labour Party.

Under the changes, nobody would pay more in interest than they had originally borrowed.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says more than three million people are “trapped” by credit card debt.

He will unveil the planned change in the law in a speech at Labour’s conference in Brighton.

Labour said the changes would work in a similar way to measures on payday loans, which came into force in 2015.

The Financial Conduct Authority has called for new measures to help people in “persistent debt” as a result of credit cards.

The regulator says over three million people are in persistent debt, which it defines as having have paid more in interest and charges than they have repaid of their borrowing over an 18-month period.

Labour said its “total cost cap” would help “tackle the persistent debt spiral”, claiming growing consumer debt was becoming a “threat to our economy”.

Unscrupulous lenders

Addressing delegates in Brighton, Mr McDonnell will say: “The Financial Conduct Authority has argued for action to be taken on credit card debt as on payday loans.

“I am calling upon the government to act now apply the same rules on payday loans to credit card debt.

“It means that no-one will ever pay more in interest than their original loan.

“If the Tories refuse to act, I can announce today that the next Labour government will amend the law.”

UK Finance, which represents the financial and banking industry, said it was committed to responsible lending and that consumer credit was important for economic growth.

It added that “the last thing the industry wants is to see those who are most vulnerable being pushed towards the hands of unscrupulous and unregulated lenders”.

When the FCA called for action in April, the UK Cards Association, which represents the major credit card providers, said the industry was “committed to helping the minority of cardholders who do not use a credit card in a way which is in their best interest”.

The Conservatives said action was already being taken to outlaw “rip-off credit card charges” and ensure companies help customers clear debt.

Brexit row

On day one of Labour’s conference, the party’s position on Brexit came under scrutiny as leader Jeremy Corbyn faced calls to keep the UK in the EU single market – and some MPs expressed anger as no motions on Brexit were selected for debate on the floor.

Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer will speak in the auditorium on Monday, when he is expected to say the Tory approach to negotiations on leaving the European Union reveals the “post-imperial delusions” of Theresa May’s party.

Instead, he will promise a promise a “democratically legitimate and economically sensible” approach.

Labour to offer some women earlier retirement option

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Image caption Changes to women’s retirement age sparked widespread protests

Labour would allow hundreds of thousands of women born in the 1950s to retire at 64 on a reduced state pension, rather than wait until 66.

Government changes to the retirement age have been “chaotic”, shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams will tell Labour’s conference later.

Many women who expected to retire at 60 must now work several years longer before receiving a state pension.

Ms Abrahams will say her plan would mean pension security for thousands.

Her change would benefit women born between 1954 and 1960.

“This will ensure that those who have suffered the consequences of this government’s chaotic mismanagement of the state pension age have the security they need,” she will tell the party’s conference in Brighton.

“We will continue to work with these women to get justice.”

Many women were caught by surprise when the timetable for moving to a later retirement age was accelerated in 2011.

The Waspi – Women Against State Pension Inequality – campaign is pushing for a transitional “bridging pension” to help women whose retirement plans have been thrown into disarray.

Labour has already promised to extend pension credit to the women affected.

In its manifesto for the June general election, the party said it was “exploring options for further transitional protections to ensure that all these women have security and dignity in older age”.

Precise financial details were not immediately available, but Ms Abrahams will say the scheme would be “cost-neutral in the long term”.

Ms Abrahams will also call for a pause in the roll-out of universal credit, to allay fears that claimants will be plunged into poverty as it is extended across the country over the next 12 months.

She argues that there is evidence of “deepening poverty” as more welfare claimants are transferred to universal credit, which replaces a range of older benefits.

She will cite reports that one in four claims are not paid within six weeks, leading to increased debt and mounting rent arrears.

Six spectators injured in North Yorkshire motorbike race crashes

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Image caption The bikers crashed on the same hairpin bend during a road race at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough

Two people have been seriously injured and 10 others, including spectators, have been hurt in a motorbike race in North Yorkshire.

Racing has been called off at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough, which has been compared to a miniature TT track.

Six people were hurt when a bike ploughed into the crowd at 10:45 BST.

A further six people were injured in the second crash at about 13:45 and two of the casualties were flown to hospital.

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One of the motorcyclists was treated at the scene.

‘Reluctantly’ cancelled meet

Organisers of the 2017 Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup race said the first crash happened on a hairpin bend and involved one rider and three spectators.

The second crash took place in the same spot in an area known as mountside hairpin.

In a statement, race officials said: “Today we have had two serious incidents involving a number of spectators.”

“In view of the seriousness of these incidents and our requirements to call on outside assistance to help with this treatment, we have reluctantly taken the advice of everyone concerned and have decided to cancel the rest of the meeting.

“We sincerely apologise to you all for taking this decision and hope you will understand our difficulties in this unprecedented situation.”

A sponsor has also reported another motorcyclist was badly injured during the race on Saturday, making three crashes in total on the circuit this weekend.

GALLERY: Hundreds join colour rush fun run

HUNDREDS of people turned out for a colour rush to help keep up the work of a local hospice.

The family-friendly event at Oakwell Hall Country Park on Sunday, September 24, saw entrants in the 5k event get covered head to toe in brightly coloured powdered paint.

People could choose whether they walked, ran or even danced their way round the course.

Once everyone had crossed the finishing line a giant party was held to end the day.

Money raised from the annual event will be used to support Kirkwood Hospice in Albany Road, Huddersfield, which provides specialist palliative care for the terminally ill in Kirklees.

Many people taking part were there for poignant reasons of their own in memory of loved ones or for those who are being cared for at the hospice.

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Others, including a group of solicitors, were there from local businesses and companies just to support a good cause.

To find out how you can give support, go to kirkwoodhospice.co.uk

GALLERY: Pow! Superheroes take toy shop by storm

CAPTAIN America and other superheroes took a Keighley toy shop by storm when they put in a special fundraising appearance.

Pedro Machado, from Thornbury, Bradford, runs the Superheroes for Kids charity that takes toys to children’s wards in Bradford, Airedale and Leeds to cheer up young patients.

On Saturday, September 23, he donned his Captain America outfit to join other superhero characters at Toyland, in Cavendish Street, to raise money towards his Christmas toy run.

Excited youngsters posed for selfies with Batman, The Joker, Ghostbusters and a dancing Transformer among others, as well as joining in games.

Shop worker Susan Sloane, who dressed up as Cat Girl, said: “It’s been mayhem but an amazing day for an amazing good cause.”

Saturday was the second time that Superheroes for Kids has visited Toyland on a fundraising mission.

Mr Machado said: “We’ve hoped to raise as much money as possible. We’ve had tombola, games and the chance for children to take selfies with their favourite superheroes. We hope people will make donations to the charity to help us turn that money into toys and pass them on to children’s wards in our area. We are getting ready for our Christmas toy runs. It’s a humbling experience.”

To find out more about the charity or to make a donation, go to superheroesforkids.org