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Parents don’t mind being woken early by excited children on Christmas Day

However, imagine if your family’s sleep was interrupted several times a night – right through the year. For the Moore family, from Framlingham, that is their everyday reality due to the complex needs of four-year son Rhys. The severely autistic youngster only sleeps for 90 minutes at a time making each night an exhausting ordeal for his mother and father, Sarah and Kevin, and their three other children, aged seven, 12, and 15. Over the Rainbow Children’s Charity, set up earlier this year by Bev Lambert, of Alderton near Woodbridge, launched an appeal in the East Anglian Daily Times in October to raise £6,500 for a Safespace Hi-Lo bed which would provide a secure tented environment for Rhys to sleep in and allow his family a restful night.

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Two chihuahuas and a labrador brighten life at Scole care home

Members of staff at Oaklands Care Home in Scole have started a pet therapy group after visiting dogs helped with the wellbeing of some of their residents. Over the past year, two chihuahuas, Alfie and Oakley, and an 11-year-old labrador Mollie, have become an integral part of the family at Oaklands care home in Scole – and their therapeutic benefit to residents has astounded staff.

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Parrot learns to mimic sound of alarms at Brooke care home

The African Grey parrot belongs to Roy Hagley, 53, and his latest trick is causing quite a stir at Brooke HouseHe has learnt to mimic the alarms residents use to let staff know they need help - and his impression is so good it even has staff fooled. The cheeky bird has caused several false alarms already and much confusion around the home.

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Dementia today affects 850,000 people in the UK and yet there is still little understanding

A Suffolk care home has successfully launched a new support group to help families learn more about what has been described as a ticking health time bomb. Dementia today affects 850,000 people in the UK and yet there is still little understanding in the wider community about a condition that some experts predict will affect one in three of the population in the future.

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Elsie Ayton celebrated her 106th birthday on Friday at Heron Lodge care home in Wroxham.

A resident at the Kingsley Healthcare home in Norwich Road for 16 years, she enjoyed a party with fellow residents and her daughter and son in law. Her daughter Jane Aldred, 78, of Church Lane, Wroxham, said: "My mum has always had a healthy lifestyle. She used to cycle everywhere when she lived in Cromer and has always been a good cook with a healthy appetite."

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