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Emmerdale cast and schoolchildren put autism in the spotlight

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INVOLVED: Sorting the clothes are (L-R) Gillian Kearney, Charley Webb and Caron Munro with Rose Court pupils (L-R): Buster, Karis, Anya and Oli.

INVOLVED: Sorting the clothes are (L-R) Gillian Kearney, Charley Webb and Caron Munro with Rose Court pupils (L-R): Buster, Karis, Anya and Oli.

Stars of television’s Emmerdale and pupils from Rose Court nursery and pre-prep school in Headingley are playing their part in World Autism Awareness Week.

To mark the week, which runs from 27 March to 2 April, both the cast of Emmerdale and children at Rose Court, which is part of The Grammar School at Leeds  (GSAL), are donating clothes to raise funds for Lighthouse School in Leeds, for young people on the autism spectrum.

Their clothing will be sold in the pre-loved section of Keepers Coffee and Kitchen, a social enterprise café and gift shop in Cookridge, run by  Lighthouse Futures Trust which partners with special schools and colleges to offer employment opportunities for young adults with autistic spectrum condition or learning difficulties.

Two of the Emmerdale cast were on hand at Rose Court this week to help pupils get the clothes ready for delivery to the café. Gillian Kearney, whose character is Emma Barton in the long-running soap, was joined by Charley Webb, who plays Debbie Dingle, and whose son is a pupil at Rose Court.

Gillian said: “Everyone at Emmerdale is keen to get on board and donate items to support Lighthouse School in the fantastic work it does for children and the community. Lighthouse is committed to helping with life after school; even although the pupils are well educated with lots to offer employers, doors can often be closed to them.”

Caron Munro, development and programme manager at Lighthouse Futures Trust, said: “In World Autism Awareness Week we want to highlight the potential of our young people. We are grateful to Rose Court pupils and to the cast of Emmerdale for helping us raise both awareness and funds to keep our important work going. The donations have a real impact on our fundraising for the charity”

Act FAST: Emmerdale star Bhasker Patel gets behind the new stroke campaign

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Stroke kills over 40,000 people a year and almost two-thirds leave hospital with a disability

Emmerdale actor Bhasker Patel is calling on South Asians to know the common signs of stroke highlighted in the latest Public Health England national Act FAST campaign.

Act FAST reminds people of the key symptoms of stroke and the importance of calling 999 immediately if they notice any single one of the symptoms in themselves or others.

Stroke is now the fourth largest cause of death in the UK and South Asians are at a higher risk of having a stroke than their white counterparts due to diabetes and high blood pressure being significant factors causing stroke.

New statisitcs reveal that stroke kills over 40,000 people a year and almost two-thirds leave hospital with a disability.

People are most likely to have a stroke when they are 55 years of age or older, but South Asians are at a greater risk of experiencing a stroke at a younger age.

Research shows that 24% of people would wait to call an ambulance because they wrongly believe that they need to see two or more symptoms of stroke to be sure. Other barriers to dialling 999 include feeling that they need permission to act on behalf of others.

Bhasker Patel, Emmerdale actor said: “Stroke is a serious medical emergency which can cause disability and ultimately kill. South Asians are twice as likely to have a stroke than white people – and we have a greater chance of having a stroke at a younger age.

“I urge you to save your life, or somebody you love, think and Act FAST, call 999 if you notice any single one of the three key signs of a stroke: Face, Arms, Speech. The speed in which you react can make the difference between life and death.”

As part of the campaign new films will encourage everyone not to hesitate and make the emergency 999 call immediately when they see any of the key stroke symptoms:

  • Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
  • Arms – can they raise both their arms and keep them there?
  • Speech – is their speech slurred?