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Annie Rawlinson has been travelling around Cumbria dressed as a polar bear Credit: ITV Border

A woman from Kendal has been travelling around Cumbria dressed as a polar polar in order to raise money for charity.

Annie Rawlinson also ran a half-marathon in the North Pole as part of her fundraising efforts.

Annie Rawlinson also completed a half-marathon in the North Pole Credit: Annie Rawlinson

She completed the challenge in -30 temperatures, but says she found the arctic conditions tougher than she'd anticipated.

It's much, much, much colder than anything you can imagine and then doing one lap my goggles froze totally so I couldn't see.

And then the terrain is so rocky - well, it's not rocky, it's icy - I just kept falling over, which I thought was really funny and just kept picking myself up."

– ANNIE RAWLINSON, NORTH POLE MARATHON RUNNER
She found conditions in the North Pole tougher than she'd anticipated Credit: Annie Rawlinson

So far Annie's raised over £3,500 for the Samaritans, a charity she volunteers with.

But she says she's still fundraising and hoping to make more.

Norovirus closes parts of Borders General Hospital

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The Department of Medicine for the Elderly (DME) at the Borders General Hospital is currently closed to admissions due norovirus.

One bay in Ward 4 has also been also closed.

Visiting the DME is strongly discouraged at this time, and the general advice is to stay away from any hospital ward if you, or anyone in your family, has experienced symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the past 48 hours

It is vital to protect yourselves and your loved ones from catching this unpleasant virus. Patients, visitors and staff can help minimise the spread by complying with instructions given by staff and paying attention to the signs at the entrances to the hospital and wards.”

– Dr Tim Patterson, NHS Borders’ Consultant in Public Health Medicine

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Mountain rescue team called to help dog

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team. Credit: Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team

Almost thirty members of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team were called to help a dog lost on Haystacks, in the Lake District.

The dog was reported as being injured, and stuck on a ledge, but when they arrived the team members found it was not injured, and was loose on the fell.

Twenty-nine members of the team were called out at around 7:20pm, on 20 April, and the dog was successfully rescued and reunited with its owner.

New food events at Borders Book Festival

This year's Borders Book Festival will see new food events added to the mix, including an "eat your words'" marquee.

Organisers are claiming this year's line-up, which was announced yesterday, will be the biggest in the festival's history.

The programme is set to include a celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

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Unions meet to decide Sellafield action

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Unions that represent more than 1,200 construction workers at Sellafield will meet today to decide what type of industrial action will be taken at the site.

Unite union says the move follows a 10 month dispute over health and safety, and a disagreement over the employment of a full-time shop steward.

Sellafield says the workers are contractors, employed by other companies, and that their actions won't affect site operations or safety

Hawick businesses plan to halt High Street's decline

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Businesses in Hawick will be meeting in the coming weeks to decide how to halt the decline of the town's High Street.

A group called 'Future Hawick' was set up last October and has now been given £30,000 from Scottish Borders Council to fund improvements.

Local businesses will be looking at the best way to spend the money.

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