Dad to hit the heights for Down’s Syndrome

A devoted dad is to scale the heights for his beloved daughter who has Down’s Syndrome to raise money and awareness of the condition.

Allyson Black

Funding boost for groups that keep elderly healthy

Two groups have been awarded £23,000 to help elderly people stay healthy and happy.

Lauren Allen with brothers Logan and Lucas. Lauren has a rare form of eye cancer and has had to have one of her eyes removed

Brothers’ reward for helping brave Laurel

A brave little girl with cancer may have lost her right eye but she can count on her older brothers to help her through the tough times ahead.

Another smoker flouts the don't light up rules at Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Picture: Michael Gillen

NHS hospital cigarette ban up in smoke

Smokers are refusing to stub out cigarettes in the grounds of the acute hospital in Larbert.

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The algae can cause liver failure in animals. Picture: Alan Murray

Health warning: Avoid Linlithgow Loch

A health warning has been issued by West Lothian Council to avoid contact with Linlithgow Loch due to toxic algae that can cause liver failure in animals in extreme cases.

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Work on the Forth Valley Maggie's Centre at Larbert has resumed

Work begins again on Maggie’s

Workmen are back on the site of the new Maggie’s Centre for Forth Valley and construction has resumed.

Demi-Louise's big event will raise funds for Millie McColl, pictured here with dad Dean

Prize bingo to help Millie

A Falkirk High School pupil has taken it upon herself to raise a ton of cash to help a little girl who had a rare form of cancer.

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New chief executive Jane Grant at Forth Valley Royal Hospital

Why new health strategy could be just what the doctor ordered

Clinicians and NHS officials have produced the new plan which will frame how healthcare is provided in Forth Valley for the next five years.

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Open Secret chief executive Janine Rennie has welcomed the much-needed grant from Children In Need. Picture: Michael Gillen

Pudsey steps in to help kids who have been affected by abuse

A Falkirk-based charity has been given almost £100,000 from Children in Need to help kids affected by abuse over the next three years.

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NHS Forth Valley has developed a new Healthcare Strategy for 2016-2021

Just what the doctor ordered?

More care delivered closer to home, fewer hospital admissions and quicker access to services are just part of the vision for the future set out in NHS Forth Valley’s new healthcare strategy.

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Workers at the Maggie's Centre the day before the building company folded
Picture: Michael Gillen

Maggie’s centre back on track

Work on the new Forth Valley Maggie’s centre has restarted.

Picture: Michael Gillen

Ben Nevis boys deliver for hospital unit

Four pals raised more than £4000 for a hospital unit in memory of one of their dads.

John Wells and Kristina Sefleriene climbing to Mount Everest Base Camp this November for FDAMH

Couple’s Everest base camp climb for charity

A Banknock couple have set themselves one of the toughest charity challenges in the world.

Sheila Kelly is due to set out on her swim today

Sheila (61) to swim between Scottish islands

A 61-year-old is hoping to create a few ripples of interest by swimming between two Scottish islands to raise money and awareness for Water Aid.

Charlie Trimble goes Pokemon hunting in Grangemouth

Walking on and on after Pokemon

My son was standing in Grangemouth’s Zetland Park only a few feet away from a massive rat.

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Massive fine for Longannet worker’s horrific burns

Massive fine for Longannet worker’s horrific burns

Energy giant Scottish Power has been given a massive fine of £1.75 million for safety failures over the horrific burns a worker suffered at Longannet Power Station.

Work on Maggie's Forth Valley Centre has now halted after the collapse of the Dunne Group
Picture: Michael Gillen

Maggie’s Centre will open this year

The charity which plans to open a cancer caring centre in Larbert has given an assurance it has lost none of its funds after the builder went bust.

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Work on Maggie's Forth Valley Centre has now halted after the collapse of the Dunne Group
Picture: Michael Gillen

Work halts on Maggie’s centre 
as builders cease trading

Work on the long-awaited Maggie’s cancer centre has been put on hold after the company building it went into administration.

Falkirks Deputy Provost, Councillor John Patrick takes part in a two minute hearing test atAmplifon with audiologist Lynsey McDonald

Hearing all about it from Amplifon

Falkirk’s deputy provost John Patrick has no worries about missing anything said in the council chambers after his hearing was given a clean bill of health.

Laughter yoga employs games and songs to help get people laughing like they did when they were children

Laughter is the best medicine

The sayings are as old as they are well known – “laugh and the world laughs with you” and “laughter is the best medicine”.

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