Jack Rooke: Football-mad boy denied surgery to help him walk, despite living just miles from specialist hospital

Football-mad boy, 4, denied surgery to help him walk, despite just living seven miles from specialist hospital that could treat him Jack suffers from spastic cerebral palsy, meaning muscle tightness in his legs makes it impossible for him to walkAn operation that cuts the faulty nerves in the spine could improve his conditionHowever, his NHS Trust has refused to fund it, despite Jack only living seven miles from the specialist hospital that performs the surgery | UPDATED: 17:38 GMT, 18 December 2012 A football-mad four-year-old boy has been refused an operation to enable him to walk and play his favourite sport due to an NHS postcode lottery. Jack Rooke suffers from cerebral palsy but a procedure available at a hospital just seven miles away could make a dramatic difference to his life. His family have now launched an appeal to raise 35,000 to pay for the surgery privately after his local NHS trust refused to provide funding.

X Factor 2012: The "amazing little princess" Tilly-May Somerville who stole the audience"s hearts

The 'amazing little princess' who can't see, walk, talk or feed herself – but stole the hearts of the X Factor audience with her smile Tilly-May has a condition that means her brain didn't form properly. She is blind and has cerebral palsy and epilepsyDoctors don't expect her to survive childhoodThe family were offered a lifeline by Jessie May nurses, who give them respite one day a weekThey also helped mother Jenny cope with the knowledge Tilly-May will die early | UPDATED: 18:01 GMT, 3 December 2012 The three finalists of The X Factor were chosen yesterday in another night of inflated egos and musical melodrama