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Scottish transgender woman plans to walk 32 miles in high heels for charity

Jai Darra Latto, 22. Credit: ITV Border

A transgender woman from the Borders is aiming to raise £20,000 by completing a 32-mile walk wearing four inch high heels.

Jai Darra Latto, 22, is walking from her home village of Walkerburn, to Edinburgh Castle on Saturday, April 30.

She wants to raise the money for three lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) charities.

Her cross-country walk - exactly 31.94 miles - will take her more than 10 hours to complete and she is planning three costume changes along the route.

Born in Bangkok to an Indian/Thai mother and Scottish father, Jai was crowned Miss Transgender Scotland and Miss Transgender UK last year.

She is passionate about LGBT issues and wants to raise the money to support their charities.

Jai said:

The distance is to show time and length that many trans-people have to go to, to become their true identity. This may be with acceptance from society or the support they get with health care. The high heels are to show the difficulties there are while going through this process and also the pain that many trans-women get when they try and fit into a female stereotype. To raise my goal of £20,000 would be a dream, but anything, no matter how large or small, donated to these causes would be amazing. People often look at us as freak shows, drag queens or view transgender as being a fetish. I want to show we are normal people. Her chosen LGBT charities are The Sahodari foundation in India, Humsfara trust and the Thai Transgender Alliance. I want to make it easier for poor trans-pople in rural areas of these countries to have the same benefits and support that I have over here in Scotland.

– Jai Darra Latto

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Cumbrian suicide rate reaches one every week

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New statistics have revealed that on average, one person in Cumbria takes their own life every week.

Suicide accounts for almost four times as many deaths resulting from road traffic accidents in the UK, making it a leading cause of death.

According to the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide organisation, each suicide affects between six and fourteen people: meaning that between 300 and 700 people are affected each year as a result of suicide in Cumbria.

SOBS also believes that those bereaved by suicide are at an increased risk of suicide themselves.

You can find out more information on support for those bereaved by suicide here.

Farmers urged to apply for flood recovery funding as soon as possible

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Farmers have been urged to apply for Farming Recovery Grants as soon as possible, as the April 1st deadline looms.

Farmers in Cumbria who have suffered losses as a result of flooding caused by Storm Desmond or Storm Eva are eligible to apply for support grants of up to £20,000.

Farming Minister George Eustice said:

These payments are part of a wider £200million package of government support set up to help communities affected by the devastating floods in Northern England. The grants could make a real difference to farm businesses trying to get back on their feet. So far 107 applications worth over £1.1million have been submitted to the RPA and the agency has been acting swiftly and doing a great job approving applications within 10 working days. But I want every eligible flood-affected farmer to be able to access this vital money as soon as possible to help them get back to normal.

– George Eustice
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