Sky Sports’ Jo Wilson diagnosed with cervical cancer at 37
She has begun chemo and radiotherapy treatment
Sky Sports host Jo Wilson has been diagnosed with stage 3b cervical cancer at the age of 37.
The Scottish presenter announced the news in an exclusive with OK! Magazine, revealing she broke down in tears when she was given the diagnosis.
She revealed to the outlet how she went for a smear test back in June and doctors immediately found signs of cancer.
Turning 38 at the end of the month, Wilson is now undergoing a six-week treatment plan and says her gynaecologist insisted the condition is ‘very treatable and very curable’.
Jo Wilson has been with Sky Sports since 2015 and became a presenter in 2015, left Sky’s busy London hub back in 2020 to focus on family life.
She regularly covers the likes of Scottish rugby, Scottish football the transfer window and was part of Sky’s Euro 2020 broadcast 2020.
Having given birth to her daughter back in 2020, the broadcaster said: “I cried while a lovely nurse held my hand, then I cried to Dan” – her partner of six years – adding: “he was quite shocked because he didn’t really think it would be cancer. You’re desperately hoping there’s a chance it might not be.”
Part of the shock, she says, was due to the fact she has always been ‘fit and healthy’ throughout her life. However, as she explained to OK!, she put off her previous smear test after a complicated and traumatic forceps delivery.
Worse still, she detailed how she and her two-year-old daughter Mabel caught sepsis following the birth and, as a result, she feared ‘being prodded down there’ any time again soon.
Wilson says her biggest fear is the possibility of ‘leaving her toddler motherless’ and despite a ’70 per cent success rate’, she recognises it’s ‘different for everybody’.
Hoping to raise awareness as part of Gynaecological Cancer Awareness month, she is urging others to be proactive, imploring women to “Get your smear, I missed mine”.
We wish her all the best.
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Body found at Bolton restaurant and suspected cannabis farm days after fire
A body has been found at the site of a fire in Bolton, days after a blaze ripped through a restaurant.
It’s believed that the fire started on the first floor of the property, with early inquiries suggesting it may have been used as a cannabis farm.
Human remains were found at the premises on Bolton Road in Farnworth.
A criminal investigation is now underway and Greater Manchester Police are appealing for information and footage relating to the incident.
Emergency services had first been called to the area at around 1pm on Monday 27 November, to reports of a fire.
Earlier today, Saturday 2 December, a body was found during a search of the restaurant building, days after the fire.
Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Naismith of GMP Major Incident Team said: “Work is ongoing to identify the deceased and we are committed to ensuring the potential family members are fully supported and informed of updates in this investigation.
“The loss of life is a tragedy and I understand the upset this news will cause in the local community. I can assure you on behalf of the investigation team that we are determined to get to the bottom of what has occurred and establish the circumstances surrounding the fire.
“I can confirm this fire is being treated as suspicious and if there is any criminal responsibility, it will be brought to light and dealt with appropriately. We are particularly interested to hear from anyone who knows how this building was being used in the lead up to 27 November 2023.
“I would also like to appeal to anyone with information about the fire itself – including if you have any footage (such as CCTV, mobile or dashcam) – to contact GMP’s Major Incident Team.”
You can make a report by calling 0161 856 1995 quoting log number 1485 of 27/11/2023 or via the reporting function on GMP’s website: www.gmp.police.uk
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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Tameside police officers hailed ‘absolute heroes’ after saving the life of a seven-year-old girl
Two Tameside police officers have been hailed as “absolute heroes” after saving the life of a seven-year-old little girl.
It comes after emergency services were called to an address in the Greater Manchester borough of Tameside earlier this week (29 November), and found a young girl who was struggling to breath and coughing up blood after choking on a sweet.
Police Constables Aaron Kincaid and James Blundell, from Greater Manchester Police‘s (GMP) Tameside division, were first on the scene.
To the huge relief of the girl’s parents, who were said to be “understandably distressed” and concerned for her welfare, PC Kincaid jumped straight into action and was able to utilise his first aid training to full effect by going on to successfully dislodge the sweet from the youngster’s throat, and then helping to calm her down before the paramedics arrived.
Whilst PC Kincaid looked after the little girl, PC Blundell did “everything he could” to help the parents remain calm.
Paramedics then took over once they arrived, and the young girl was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Reflecting on the incident, and hailing his officers “absolute heroes”, Superintendent Mike Walsh, from GMP’s Tameside district, said: “PCs Aaron Kincaid and James Blundell acted without hesitation during the incident, and took control of the situation that they were faced with.
“They deserve every credit for staying calm under extreme pressure and for working together as a team and utilising their training to lifesaving effect, and I’m sure the girl’s parents and family will consider them to be absolute heroes.”
“We’re both glad that we were in the right place at the right time,” PC Kincaid added.
“I have a daughter the same age as the little girl who needed our help, and I cannot tell you how much of a relief it was when she started breathing normally and said she was okay after I had managed to dislodge the sweet.
“I remember saying, ‘Thank God for that’.
“The little girl gave me a thank you hug before she went to hospital, but I couldn’t have done what I did without PC Blundell’s assistance, so it was a real team effort.”
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