Hamilton’s F1 car sent to house of terminally ill boy who inspired Spanish victory

Marje Pelayo   •   May 15, 2019   •   1353

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ENGLAND, The United Kingdom – A Formula One car was sent to the home of a five-year-old boy with a rare form of terminal cancer on Monday (May 13).

Harry Shaw, who was given one week to live in April, is described by his father James Shaw as being a lover of cars and a huge fan of Lewis Hamilton.

Harry sent Hamilton a good luck message on Instagram ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, which was reposted by Hamilton on his page alongside a message that said that Harry was his inspiration in the race.

Hamilton went on to win the race on Sunday, and dedicated the win to Harry, describing him as his “spirit angel”.

The Shaw family have set up a charity page to raise money for research into the disease and have so far raised more than £106,000.

“We desperately need to raise more money for research into children’s cancer. I think currently less than two percent of money raised goes to children’s cancer, and we need to give people like Harry a better chance,” said Harry’s father James.

“Many people have asked us who Harry is, having seen him on lots of social media and on the news all around the world. Harry is a tough, tough and really inspirational boy. I think you saw that in the video that he sent to Lewis Hamilton. It inspired Lewis Hamilton to win a Grand Prix. But, over my shoulder you can see Harry, Harry with hair and we did have, a long time ago now, but life without cancer with Harry. Harry’s a fit active boy, he played rugby, he never cried. Harry’s the sort of boy that if he fell over, he’d get up, he wouldn’t cry and he’d crack on. He’s a fighter and he never gave up, and the fact that he never gives up is why he’s still alive now. We’re so proud of our little boy and we’re so grateful for all the support,” he concluded. (REUTERS)

Storm Ciara wreaks further havoc across England

UNTV News   •   February 11, 2020

Storm Ciara brought severe flooding and heavy winds to areas across England on Monday (February 10).

Homes and businesses were flooded in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire, after more than 200 flood warnings were given across Britain on Sunday (February 9).

Authorities had on Sunday issued a severe flood warning for Yorkshire, as it was feared that water would overflow flood defences and potentially threaten lives.

The weather also caused disruption in Chepstow in the South West, where a falling pylon crushed a lorry on the Severn bridge, forcing emergency services to close the crossing.

Storm Ciara, or Sabine as it is known in France, has brought with it wind speeds that reached more than 90 miles an hour (145 kph) as well as heavy rain which has affected much of North West Europe. (Reuters)

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U.S. woman crosses Channel four times in record-breaking swim

UNTV News   •   September 18, 2019

U.S. endurance swimmer Sarah Thomas became the first person to swim across the English Channel four times without stopping on Tuesday (September 17), refueling only on a liquid formula during her 54-hour feat.

The 37-year-old woman from Colorado performed her record-breaking swim a year after receiving treatment for breast cancer, and dedicated her achievement to fellow cancer survivors.

She came ashore on a beach near Dover, on the south coast of England, exhausted and with a sore throat from all the salt water.

In theory, the route that Thomas swam should have been 80 miles (130 km) long, but due to strong currents in the Channel she in fact swam 130 miles (210 km).

She said she saw lots of fish and jellyfish along the way. Previously, four swimmers had crossed the water between England and France three times without stopping. (REUTERS)

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English town evacuated after reservoir dam damaged

Robie de Guzman   •   August 3, 2019

Courtesy: Reuters

Police evacuated thousands of residents from an English town on Thursday (August 1) after torrents of water cascaded from a nearby reservoir after a dam was damaged, with officials warning that subsequent flooding posed a risk to life.

Aerial footage showed damage to the dam wall of the Toddbrook Reservoir which sits above Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire, central England.

Police said the wall of the reservoir had been damaged with locals told to leave the town, home to about 5,000 residents, and take pets and any medication they needed with them.

Britain’s Environment Agency issued a severe flood warning for the area, saying river levels in the River Goyt which runs through the town could rise rapidly.

The evacuation comes after heavy rain in the last couple of days led to flash floods in areas across northern England causing bridges to collapse and road closures.

Britain’s Met Office said on Wednesday (July 31) downpours had led to 50 mm (2 in) of rain falling in just one hour. (REUTERS)

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