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IT warms the heart to hear of a special treat laid on for children who have suffered so much.

An expedition took the youngsters on a flight in search of Santa...and they were even able to locate him!

Cancer, sadly, touches the lives of so many people - and it is always particularly tragic when children have to go through something like that.

So it must have meant a lot for them and their families to have had this magical experience .

It’s also a reminder of the great work done by charities such as Cancer Research UK and should act as a prompt for us to do what we can to help them.

So while you’re planning your Christmas present shopping this year, consider making a small donation to one of our charities.

It might be the most gratefully received gift you give.

Festival of Light shines so bright

THE biggest ever Festival of Light is shining brightly across Sheffield.

Not only is this annual favourite a great fundraiser for St Luke’s Hospice, it is now lighting up the whole of the city.

That’s because hospice bosses decided to take the event to all areas of Sheffield so Christmas lights could shine bright in memory of lost loved ones.

And because St Luke’s is a much admired institution, venues responded to the idea.

Ecclesfield Library, Sheffield Railway Station, Ponds Forge International Sports Centre and iceSheffield are among places now lit up.

It was a great idea to open the festival to everyone and it’s great to see so many respond.

This visual delight now unites the city in a celebration of life and is a testimony to how much we appreciate it.

Suffering in silence

ALL of us experience pain at some point in our lives - it is a normal aspect of human existence.

But some people struggle every day with chronic pain, going years, sometimes even decades, without seeking help for the agony they are crippled with.

A recent survey found more than half of people with long-term chronic pain have never used a pain clinic or support group.

This means there are many people coping with chronic pain alone without the appropriate assistance.

It is vital that these people seek proper help instead of ‘soldiering on’ or trying to be stoical.

It makes no sense to suffer in silence.