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Hero nurse Karen makes a difference for kids with cancer everyday and so can you by donating to The Sun’s Smiles at Christmas appeal

CHILD cancer nurse Karen Hartley has been crowned a hero by her patients. Now she is urging YOU to be one too — by donating to The Sun’s Smiles at Christmas with CLIC Sargent appeal. Karen, 57, car…

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CHILD cancer nurse Karen Hartley has been crowned a hero by her patients.

Now she is urging YOU to be one too — by donating to The Sun’s Smiles at Christmas with CLIC Sargent appeal.

 Karen helps children all across the Medway and the surrounding areaCLIC Sargent Karen helps children all across the Medway and the surrounding area

Karen, 57, cares for child cancer patients at Medway Maritime ­Hospital, Gillingham, and in the surrounding community.

But she can only do so thanks to donations from people like you.

We told you last week how charity CLIC Sargent helps children like leukaemia sufferer Callum Tolley, three, from Cheshire.

Karen’s position is part-funded by CLIC Sargent, which uses donations to help families in a number of ways.

 Callum Tolley was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was just a few weeks oldPeter Powell Callum Tolley was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was just a few weeks old  After doctors said he was in remission, Callum's cancer has come backCollect After doctors said he was in remission, Callum’s cancer has come back

It contributes to 51 nurses nationwide, who travel to the homes of kids with cancer to give chemotherapy and other medications. They administer life-saving treatments in outpatient units too.

It is people like Karen — who are on call on Christmas Day and Boxing Day — who make a real difference to the lives of sick kids.

Karen, who looks after up to 35 youngsters at a time, said: “We do more than give treatments. CLIC Sargent nurses are there from the time of diagnosis until the end of a child’s treatment.

“We’re a familiar face for the children and their families. We offer a shoulder to cry on and a listening ear.”

 Reuben Virdee started chemotherapy less than a week before Christmas last yearINS News Reuben Virdee started chemotherapy less than a week before Christmas last year  Reuben with his mum, Jess, who hopes he'll be discharged in time to spend Christmas at homeINS News Reuben with his mum, Jess, who hopes he’ll be discharged in time to spend Christmas at home

Karen has treated Harry Lucas, five, since he was diagnosed with leukaemia in July 2015.

She visits his house on the Isle of Sheppey multiple times a week to give him treatment, each time awarding him a bead for courage.

Harry said: “I love it when Karen comes. She gives me stickers and beads after giving me my medicine and makes me laugh.”

His dad, Gary, 47, a traffic planning manager, said: “We’d be lost without Karen.”

Sun readers asked to bring back some Smiles At Christmas for children

How to donate

CALL: 0800 144 5535 to make a payment over the phone

TEXT: SMILE to 70500 to donate £5

POST A CHEQUE TO: Make cheques payable to CLIC Sargent and send them to Smiles at Christmas Appeal, CLIC Sargent, The Data Solution Centre, Manton Wood Enterprise Park, Worksop, S80 2RT

CLICK: clicsargent.org.uk/smilesatchristmas to donate online

CASH: You can also donate in any JD Wetherspoon pub, where there will be collection buckets

T&Cs: Texts cost £5 plus one standard network rate message. CLIC Sargent will receive 100% of your donation. Texts will be charged at your network’s standard message charge. Terms: clicsargent.org.uk/textdonation. If you have any questions or need to update your information, please call CLIC Sargent on 0300 3300 803 (Option 2). Donations will be distributed across the work of CLIC Sargent to help children, young people and their families in the fight against cancer. Registered charity number 1107328 and registered in Scotland SC039857.

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Who was Rebecca Dykes and when was the diplomat murdered in Beirut?

A BRITISH diplomat working in Beirut was found murdered on the side of a motorway. Here’s what we know so far about Rebecca Dykes and the circumstances surrounding her death. Who was Rebecca …

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A BRITISH diplomat working in Beirut was found murdered on the side of a motorway.

Here’s what we know so far about Rebecca Dykes and the circumstances surrounding her death.

 Ms Dykes had reportedly been working in the Lebanese capital since JanuaryFamily Handout Ms Dykes had reportedly been working in the Lebanese capital since January

Who was Rebecca Dykes?

Rebecca Dykes was a British diplomat who worked at the UK embassy in Beirut.

She was believed to be 30 years old at the time of her death.

Ms Dykes had worked as the programme and policy manager for The Department of International Development in the Lebanese capital since January.

She was a graduate of the University of Manchester, and also had a masters in International Security and Global Governance.

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Pakistan attack video shows dramatic moment cloaked ISIS gunman opens fire with a Kalashnikov in deadly suicide bombing on Catholic church

THIS is the moment a terrorist yanks up his cloak and reveals his Kalashnikov before unleashing a deadly gun and suicide massacre at a Catholic church in Pakistan.    At least nine people are dead …

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THIS is the moment a terrorist yanks up his cloak and reveals his Kalashnikov before unleashing a deadly gun and suicide massacre at a Catholic church in Pakistan.   

At least nine people are dead and 56 wounded in the horrific attack claimed by ISIS on a Sunday service in Quetta city less than a week before Christmas.

 The terrorist can be seen approaching wearing a cloakReuters The terrorist can be seen approaching wearing a cloak

CCTV footage released by the police showed the attackers, both carrying guns, approaching the church gates.

One of them is wearing a brown cape from which he produces the automatic rifle as he nears the gate.

His accomplice can then be seen following behind and he appears to trip up before getting back on his feet.

Meanwhile, the first gunman appears to be struggling to open the gate.

But with help from the other terrorist, he manages to scramble over into the church’s compound.

The second militant is then let in.

Worshippers sitting at tables outside the church are then running from the scene after spotting the killers.

 He then whips out his weapon as he approaches the gateReuters He then whips out his weapon as he approaches the gate  A second gunman wearing a suicide vest then follows behindReuters A second gunman wearing a suicide vest then follows behind  Christians sitting on chairs flee in terror as the gunmen storm the church compoundReuters Christians sitting on chairs flee in terror as the gunmen storm the church compound

Police guards stationed at the church entrance and on its roof killed one of the bombers.

But the second attacker detonated his explosives-filled vest outside the prayer hall just after Sunday services began, said Sarfraz Bugti, the provincial home minister.

ISIS has claimed the attack, the group’s Amaq news agency said in an online statement, without providing any evidence for its claim.

Officials have yet to confirm who is responsible.

 The bloody entrance to the Bethel Memorial Methodist ChurchAP The bloody entrance to the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church  Dozens were injured in the suicide bomb and gun attackEPA Dozens were injured in the suicide bomb and gun attack  Locals react after the attack at the church in Quetta, PakistanEPA Locals react after the attack at the church in Quetta, Pakistan Interior of Christian church where suicide bomber killed seven in Quetta, Pakistan

Police guards at the church exchanged fire with the attackers before they could enter the main sanctuary, said local police chief Moazzam Jah.

He said the attackers clashed with security forces, with one assailant killed at the entrance while the other made it inside.

“There were nearly 400 people inside the church,” Jah said. “We killed one of them, and the other one exploded himself after police wounded him.”

Jah said the venue – Bethel Memorial Methodist Church – was on high alert as Christian places of worship were often targeted by Islamist extremists over Christmas.

 Armed police opened fire on the attackersAFP Armed police opened fire on the attackers  Pakistani security personnel were quickly on the sceneAFP Pakistani security personnel were quickly on the scene  The church was on high alert before today's atrocityAFP The church was on high alert before today’s atrocity

Baluchistan has long been the scene of an insurgency by separatists fighting against the state to demand more of a share of the gas- and mineral-rich region’s resources.

They also accuse the central government of discrimination.

The Taliban, Sunni Islamist militants and sectarian groups linked to al Qaeda and the ISIS group also operate in the strategically important region, which borders Iran as well as Afghanistan.

 No one has claimed responsibility for today's horror attackAFP No one has claimed responsibility for today’s horror attack  Pakistan's president and other senior officials condemned the attackAFP Pakistan’s president and other senior officials condemned the attack EPA

Hospital officials said two women were among the dead while another five women and two children were among the wounded.

A young girl in a white dress sobbed as she recounted the attack to Geo television, saying many people around her were wounded.

Aqil Anjum, who was shot in his right arm, told The Associated Press he heard a blast in the middle of the service, followed by heavy gunfire.

“It was chaos. Bullets were hitting people inside the closed hall,” he said.

Scene after two suicide attackers open fire inside a church in Pakistan killing at least five and wounding multiple people  Dozens of Christians gathered outside a nearby hospital to protest the lack of securityEPA Dozens of Christians gathered outside a nearby hospital to protest the lack of security  A body is carried away from the murdeorus attackAP A body is carried away from the murdeorus attack

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Married maths teacher, 32, accused of having sex with 14-year-old boy at school

A MARRIED maths teacher has been accused of having oral and full sex with her 14-year-old male student inside the school. Jessica Langford, 32, denies three counts of sexual battery and three count…

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A MARRIED maths teacher has been accused of having oral and full sex with her 14-year-old male student inside the school.

Jessica Langford, 32, denies three counts of sexual battery and three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor at the Ohio middle school.

 Jessica Langford is the latest female teacher in the US to be accused of sex with a teenage studentMontgomery County Jail Jessica Langford is the latest female teacher in the US to be accused of sex with a teenage student

The teacher and mum-of-one, who had taught at Miamisburg Middle School for nine years, allegedly performed oral sex on as well as receiving it.

Fox News reports she also had sex with the teen twice during May 23 at the school, Cleveland.com reported.

The student allegedly told another teacher about the sexual encounters with Langford and it was reported.

Miamisburg Superintendent Dr David Vail: “We did our own little, quick investigation at that point.

“Because of that fact, we were mandated to report it to the Ohio Department of Education.”

Langford resigned her position in late May after allegations of sexual misconduct had come to light.

She was the second teacher to be busted for alleged sex with a student in the Miami Valley area during a two-week span in November.

 Miamisburg Middle School where the teacher is alleged to have had sex with the teenagerGoogle Miamisburg Middle School where the teacher is alleged to have had sex with the teenager

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