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WATCH: Animal shelter's plea for funding

An animal shelter near Lockerbie says it'll have a £4,000 shortfall this year after cuts to its funding from the local authority.

The council says that cutbacks are necessary because of reductions to its own budget from the Scottish Government.

Mossburn Farm needs £50,000 a year to care for abused and neglected animals.

The group also helps young people with special needs to learn to care for them.


Student nurse nominated for national award

Zoe Butler. Credit: University of Cumbria

A nursing student from Cumbria has beaten hundreds of entries to be shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Third year adult nursing student Zoe Butler, who is based in Kendal, is among five vying for the Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award from the Royal College of Nursing.

The annual RCNi Nurse Awards are the profession’s top accolade for nursing excellence, recognising nurses who have come up with new ways to improve health, enhance patient experiences and transform nursing practice.

The news has come out of the blue – I heard via Twitter!

The awards are for innovation in practice and my work to look at mental health in young people drew the judge’s attention.

– Zoe Butler

Zoe was instrumental in working with young people to write and film a series of monologues as part of a project called ‘The Hot Potato’ aimed at raising awareness of mental health, which is now in use in schools in Cumbria.

Entrants shortlisted as finalists will be invited to the judging days in March to present their initiatives to the judging panel with winners announced at a ceremony on Friday 5 May.

Weather: STORM DORIS is on the way

A deep area of low pressure is moving in later this week and will bring stormy weather to the UK.

Warnings are in place for very strong winds on THURSDAY and the risk of snow over higher ground.

It has become the fourth named storm of the season - Storm Doris.

Stormy weather on the wat Credit: Met Office

People in the 'amber area' are being told to 'Be Prepared' for damaging winds.

Snow could cause problems over higher routes.

Several warnings are in place. You can keep up with the updates here.

Weather warnings


Donations stolen from Scottish Borders church

North Parish Church in Kelso. Credit: Google Street View.

Police are appealing for witnesses after donations were stolen from a church in the Scottish Borders.

A number of items were taken, including a cash box containing a three-figure sum, a large quantity of 2nd class stamps and a glass jar containing over 700 pennies which had been donated to the church as part of a fund raising event.

Damage has also been caused in the office to an internal door which will need to be replaced.

The break-in occurred at some point between 8:30pm on 19 February and 8am on 20 February at Kelso North Parish Church on Bowmont Street.

The church runs on a very tight budget and this incident has had a significant impact on available funds which would otherwise have gone towards the upkeep of the church and any local events that they participate in.

I would ask anyone with information in relation to any suspicious persons seen around the church during this time and in particular anyone seen exiting the building via the front door, to please get in touch.

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

– Constable Craig Hood of Kelso police station
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