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Woman denies defrauding teenage cancer charity

Hayley McTaggart arriving at Carlisle Crown Court Credit: ITV Border

A woman's been in court in Carlisle accused of defrauding a charity set up by a teenager with cancer.

Thirty-two-year-old Hayley McTaggart faced five fraud charges and three counts of theft at the city's crown court.

Amongst the accusations is that she set up a bogus raffle for Alice's Escapes - a charity founded by Cumbrian teenager Alice Pyne, who died following a five-year battle with cancer.

The defendant, from Whitehven, is also accused of taking a cheque for £2,000 from the charity to pay for a sponsored walk up Kilimanjaro.

She denies all the charges and will next be at court in June.

Dumfries man hauls 16 ton truck 60 yards for charity

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A Dumfries man has raised more than £2,000 for the British Red Cross by hauling a 16 ton truck for 60 yards.

Dave Murray undertook the challenge on Sunday 24 May in front of a crowd in the Tesco car park at Cuckoo Bridge.

The 47-year-old Red Cross first aid volunteer wore a special harness and hauled himself along on a rope.

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He dragged the massive truck from a standing start to the finishing line in just three minutes.

But the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary nursing auxiliary wasn’t happy that it took him so long, blaming a dip in the road and a split sole on his trainer for holding him up.

“To be honest it wasn’t that difficult, once I got the truck moving. I just had to focus and picture myself pulling the truck. Having said that, I’ve no immediate plans to repeat the challenge.

“I hadn’t set any target but I hoped to get a few hundred for the Red Cross. By the time all the cash is in, the total will be more than £2,000 so I’m very happy."

– Dave Murray


Father of injured 'bogie' race spectator says event should continue

The father of a boy hospitalised after a go-kart ploughed into him during a "bogie" race in the Borders has said he wants the event to continue next year.

Eight-year-old Callum Flannery was standing with four friends by a barrier at the "Borders Bogie Challenge" when one lost control coming down a steep hill.

The youngsters all suffered cuts and bruises and Callum was taken by ambulance to Borders General Hospital, but was later released.

The event, which took place on a hillside above Denholm on Saturday afternoon, was immediately cancelled after the accident.

Organisers are now reviewing their position on whether to stage the event next year.

Callum's father Peter Flannery insists the race should go-ahead.

Callum was taken to hospital but they were just erring on the side of caution. It really was just an unfortunate accident.

"The bogie race is one of those odd events like cheese rolling that we all love.

"I certainly want it to happen next year and I would go along to watch it."

– Peter Flannery

Kelso’s Sprouston Primary adopted by chef Albert Roux

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Sprouston Primary School in Kelso has been adopted by world famous chef Albert Roux.

It is the first school in the Borders to be involved in the Chefs Adopt a School Initiative, a national charity that is part of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and Service.

Now in its 25th year, the project aims to make food fun for children by giving them a "real culinary experience" as they get "hands-on in the kitchen" with skilled mentors.

Albert Roux chose the school as he recently launched his restaurant in the region.

“We decided to adopt Sprouston Primary School as we continue to develop our presence in the borders.

It is a great opportunity for us to inspire the next generation of culinary talent in a region famous for its excellent local produce.

– Albert Roux

The school have welcomed the move.

“We are really excited to take part in the Adopt a School programme with Albert Roux.

It’s a great opportunity for our pupils to learn about healthy eating and develop their cookery skills. It’s an important life skill.”

– Helen Ross, Head teacher at Sprouston
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