Daughter

Heartbroken family find inspirational 3,000-word secret message written on back of mirror after daughter, 13, dies of cancer

After their daughter lost her fight with cancer, Dean and  Caroline Orchard knew they had to face the devastating task of sorting through her belongings. What they didn’t know was that  they would discover something that would make them feel closer to 13-year-old Athena than ever. On the back of her bedroom mirror, the little… [Continue Reading]

Britain’s bravest bridesmaid

There was a hush of anticipation as the crowd turned to see the girl in the flowing white dress. As she entered the church with an infectious grin, onlookers gasped and wiped tears from their eyes. It wasn’t the bride they were so happy to see, but four-year-old Bella: the little bridesmaid they never thought… [Continue Reading]

Heiress to Murphy construction business walks away from her fortune after rift to turn firm into a co-operative

John Murphy died in 2009 at the age of 95. His daughter Caroline, a 31-year old Bristol University civil engineering graduate, joined the company in 2006 and was made vice chairman by her father. A trade union activist, she wanted ownership of the company to be transferred to its employees but appears to have failed… [Continue Reading]

Girl, 5 sent heartfelt apology letter to John Lewis after ‘breaking Christmas bauble’

A little girl who was the subject of a national hunt after she wrote to retail giant John Lewis apologising for accidentally breaking a Christmas decoration has been found. The five-year-old, known only as Faith, attached two pounds to the letter which was sent to the department store’s Cambridge branch. Store manager Dominic Joyce posted… [Continue Reading]

Malala Yousafzai: Pakistani girl shot by Taliban is discharged from hospital

With a shy smile, a wave and a hug for the nurses who helped save her life, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai left hospital in Britain today (04/01/2013). The 15-year-old, who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman after campaigning for women’s rights to education in her native country, is said to have made… [Continue Reading]

Katie Piper: I asked Mum to kill me

In 2008, Katie Piper was raped by a man she’d met online. He then arranged for someone to throw acid in her face. Kira Cochrane talks to Katie and her mother, Diane, about her inspiring recovery. In the 1980s, when her children were young, Diane Piper kept a diary of their progress. They were an… [Continue Reading]

Brain tumour miracle: Teenager couldn’t walk, talk or eat…now studying to be a teacher

Looking a picture of health as she contemplates a bright future, it’s hard to believe just a few years ago Hannah Jones could not walk, talk or eat. Doctors feared Hannah, now 18, would be permanently disabled after having a stroke during surgery to remove a brain tumour. But she has defied all the odds… [Continue Reading]