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EU SURRENDERS To UK On Trade Deal

EU SURRENDERS To UK On Trade Deal

EU SURRENDERS To UK On Trade Deal

EU SURRENDERS To UK On Trade Deal

EU SURRENDERS To UK On Trade Deal

EU SURRENDERS To UK On Trade Deal
EU SURRENDERS To UK On Trade Deal
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Amelia Roberts' parents visit epilepsy fundraising research team

Amelia Roberts' parents visit epilepsy fundraising research team

Bereaved parents whose appeal in memory of their epileptic daughter soared after a stranger's tweet have seen the "amazing" research it will fund.

Amelia Roberts was 21 when she died as a result of a rare form of epilepsy in Hertfordshire in 2018.

Last month, an order of service for her funeral was found by Hari Miller, who and .

She joined Hamish and Debbie Roberts to tour the Epilepsy Society Research Centre in Buckinghamshire.

They met Prof Sanjay Sisodiya, director of genomics, to hear how the £128,000 raised so far is being turned into potentially life-changing work involving DNA.

The online appeal had raised £80,000 before Ms Millar tweeted about making the discovery in a desk drawer at work on 17 January,

Her tweet was shared 9,000 times.

Ms Roberts died when she had a seizure while having a bath at her home in Long Marston near Tring.

Before she died, she had her brain to medical research.

"Meeting Professor Sisodiya has been really useful in understanding the challenges and complexities involved in addressing epilepsy," said Debbie Roberts.

"Our hope is that by raising awareness and raising funds for research, other lives will be saved.

"If just one family does not have to go through what we have been through, then we will have achieved our goal."

Ms Miller, who admitted in her Twitter thread that she had "a little cry in the toilet" about Amelia, said Prof Sisodiya's passion to make a difference was "just phenomenal".

Prof Sisodiya said: "All the funds will finance a bioinformatician for two years to carry out incredibly important work interpreting data from DNA samples.

"This will really help us to better understand the causes of epilepsy and improve treatments."

Sheila Graber museum wall mural repainted almost 30 years on

Sheila Graber museum wall mural repainted almost 30 years on

An artist has recreated a street scene inside a museum, almost 30 years after she first produced it.

Sheila Graber is one of the UK's most celebrated animators, worked on the popular 1970s BBC children's series Paddington and her art has been shown in galleries world-wide.

Her 1991 mural of a local street was a fixture of South Shields Museum until it was covered by another in 2004.

The 79-year-old has now repainted it to coincide with a retrospective of her decades-long career, which opens at the museum in May.

She said it was "interesting" to return to the scene.

"You're bringing the past alive by redoing it, so you're not just looking back, but bringing the past into the present", she said.

Graber began her career teaching after attending art school in Sunderland, and then in 1970 turned to animation, becoming internationally-known for her work on the stop-motion animated series based on Michael Bond's Paddington Bear books.

She has won several major awards from the Royal Television Society, shown her work in the Tate and several other galleries, and has taught all over the world.

In 1998 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Sunderland for Outstanding services to Education and Art.

When she was first asked to redo the painting she said her first thought was "can I do it, climbing up on things?".

"But the lads here have been great with providing platforms," the artist said.

"In any case it's better than washing the dishes - anything to avoid real work."

In advance of the retrospective, the museum is keen to track down any of Graber's works in private or public ownership, with a view to borrowing or reproduce them for it.

Adam Bell, assistant keeper of history, said: "As a child Sheila was strongly influenced by her visits to South Shields Central Library on Ocean Road, now the museum and art gallery.

"And we'd also like to hear from people who could share any memories, information or anecdotes about South Shields Arts Club and/or the art school."

The exhibition, Sheila from Shields (and her cat), will run from 2 May to 10 October.

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