Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.
A mother from Maidstone has driven her nine-year-old daughter to Milan in order to get her vaccination for Covid. Alice Columbo started the journey in Maidstone and arrived in Milan 13 hours later, where her daughter who holds Italian citizenship could get the jab. Speaking of the trip, Ms Columbo said: “I’d rather risk a vaccine we know a fair amount about than take pot luck with a virus about which we know very little”. The trip was made by car to minimise the risk of mixing with others.
A set of twins who were born 15 minutes apart end up having separate birthdays in different years. Aylin and Alfredo Trujillo are those in the one-in-two-million chance of this occurring. Fatima Madrigal and Robert Trujillo welcomed Alfredo at 11:45pm on New Year’s Eve, while Aylin was born on the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day. Ms Madrigal says: “I was surprised and happy that she arrived at midnight”. What an amazing start to 2022!
80-year-old Alfie Kitson was reunited with his long-lost brother and sister after more than 20 years apart, thanking his dog in the process. Five-year-old Millie the Spanish Podenco live in Hereford after moving back to the UK a year and a half ago. Before Christmas, the pup made the headlines after cleaning rubbish and being able to put it in the bin. It was during one of these walks when Alfie was spotted by his siter’s husband who then managed to track them down. He has since been reunited with his brother Dave who is 84 and 71-year-old sister Anne since moving to Malaga twenty years ago. I am glad they managed to find each other again.