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.

Margate one of the world"s top ten resorts? Trust me, it"s East Germany with wind farms

Margate one of the world's top ten resorts Trust me, it's East Germany with wind farms | UPDATED: 23:56 GMT, 13 December 2012 Recuperating after a nervous breakdown in 1921, the poet T. S. Eliot made a visit to the seaside town of Margate on the Kent coast. While he was there, he sat for a time in a municipal shelter on the front and stared out at the concrete-grey sea beneath a wide but darkening sky

Wrestling fan, 11, battles through 30 brain operations while training to be junior referee

Now that's a fighter! Wrestling fan, 11, battles through 30 brain operations while training to be junior referee Callum has beaten meningitis twice and overcome a brain haemorrhageTrained to become a junior wrestling referee and feels it is the one place he is truly acceptedFamily raising 10,000 to take Callum to U.S for pioneering treatment | UPDATED: 14:52 GMT, 28 November 2012 An 11-year-old wrestling fan has proved he's a real fighter after enduring 30 brain operations. Callum Murray has overcome numerous bouts of illness while training to become a junior referee in his favourite sport. The youngster has beaten meningitis twice, overcome a brain haemorrhage, a cyst on his brain and sudden attacks which saw him black out and stop breathing