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WATCH: Cumbrian woman faced with deportation

The community rallying to support a mother of four who is facing the possibility of having to leave the country over a visa mix-up.

Alison Hawkins moved to west Cumbria from South Africa more than a decade ago with her husband, who is a British national, and their four children, who are British citizens.

Unfortunately a mistake with her visa application means Mrs Hawkins has had to re-apply and it could be a few weeks before she finds out for sure that she can stay.

In the meantime, she says she's been overwhelmed by the support she's received.

Hannah McNulty has been to meet her.

WATCH: Cumbria to Calais

Volunteers in Carlisle have been so overwhelmed with donations of food and warm clothing for Syrian Refugees that they now need help to get the goods to Calais.

A date has been set for the convoy: they'll head south on 28th November so they can give aid to those who need it before the cold weather kicks in.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports.


Compliments to the young Kelso chefs

Albert Roux judged the Rotary Young Chef Competition Credit: Paul Wilkinson Photography

Pupils from Kelso High School in the Borders have had a Home Economics class to remember.

Sixteen teenagers have been competing in the Rotary Young Chef Competition judged by world-renowned chef Albert Roux.

Mr Roux, the first chef in the UK to win three Michelin Stars said:

I was overwhelmed by the standard of cooking by our young cooks, who have shown they have the raw talent and determination to become the chefs of the future."

– Albert Roux, celebrity chef
Karrie Petty from Kelso won the competition Credit: Paul Wilkinson Photography

Pupils from Kelso High School have been working towards the competition throughout the school year with support from the home economics department.

Karrie Petty, 16, was the winner with her grilled mackerel, butter cabbage and sweet potato with an autumn raspberry tart with almond pastry for dessert:

I'm really pleased. I didn't expect to win."

– Karrie Petty, Kelso High student and winner of the young chef competition

Karrie and the runner up Katie Fairgrieve will now got through to the next round of the Rotary Young Chef Competition.

Mundell: New income tax powers for Scottish Parliament should be in place by 2017

Scottish Secretary and South of Scotland MP David Mundell Credit: ITV Border

Scottish Secretary and South of Scotland MP David Mundell says new income tax powers for the Scottish Parliament should be in place in 2017, a year earlier than planned.

Talking at the Conservative Party conference he told ITV that the UK Government wants to see the new powers come into force as soon as possible.

But the SNP say the Bill fails to meet promises made in the post-referendum Smith Commission and they will not support any deal which would leave Scotland worse off.

Borders Railway: Over 125,000 journeys in first month

The Borders Railway re-opened in September Credit: ITV Border

Exactly one month since the line opened on Sunday 6 September, more than 125,000 passenger journeys have been made on the Borders Railway.

Public interest in the new line soared following almost a week of celebrations which came to an end at the official opening by Her Majesty The Queen on Wednesday 9 September.

As demand to travel is so high, ScotRail has added additional carriages to busy trains.

The 125,971 total passenger journeys have included students, commuters, tourists and eager rail enthusiasts.

Over 125,000 passenger journeys have been made in the first month alone. Credit: ITV Border

As well as this figure, 17 sold out steam trains will have run on the line before mid-October, carrying around 6,200 passengers on special return journeys from Edinburgh to Tweedbank.

Phil Verster, managing director of the ScotRail Alliance, said:

The incredible interest in the Borders Railway over the first few weeks highlights what a remarkable achievement has been made by the opening of the new line.

By helping to create new opportunities for the people of the Scottish Borders, Midlothian and Edinburgh, this line better connects the regions and benefits both the local people and the local economy.

There is a great future ahead for Scotland’s railways, and the Borders Railway is an exciting part of that.”

– Phil Verster, ScotRail Alliance
Borders Railway re-opened in September Credit: ITV Border

Minister for Transport and Islands, Derek Mackay, said:

The historic reopening of the Borders Railway has clearly captured people’s interest and I am delighted to see the soaraway success of services and impressive passenger numbers.

It is particularly good to see the Borders and Midlothian reap the benefits of being reconnected to Scotland’s rail network after an absence of almost half a century.

Alongside delivering greater connectivity through landmark projects such as the Borders Railway, the Scottish Government is committed to a record £5 billion investment in our railways to improve rolling stock, rail infrastructure, as well as recruiting 100 new train drivers, all of which will ensure that Scotland’s rail network remains among the best in the UK.”

– Derek Mackay, Minister for Transport and Islands

Councillor David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council, added:

I was always confident that the Borders Railway would be a success, but even a passionate railway supporter such as myself has been taken aback by the huge numbers who have embraced the new service.

We have not only had Borderers using the service for work and recreation but many people from the central belt have been jumping on board to visit our region. The knock-on effect has already been seen, with local businesses such as cafes and restaurants reporting extra trade.

The aim of the Borders Railway Blueprint programme is for the railway to stimulate growth in our businesses, investment into our region and to create new jobs - already we are starting to see signs of all three and it bodes very well for the future.”

– Councillor David Parker

Life changing equipment on offer for disabled Cumbrian children

Chloe Bacon, seen here using a therapy tricycle like the ones on offer to disabled children in Cumbria Credit: Caudwell Children

A national children’s charity is calling on the parents of disabled children in Cumbria to get in touch.

It's after a generous donation of funds has allowed them to provide life changing specialist equipment free of charge.

Caudwell Children, who provide practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has received funding from a number of grant bodies and Trusts, to provide three therapy tricycles.

The national charity is now appealing for families in Cumbria to come forward and apply for the equipment.

The tricycles cost between £800 - £1,500 and are individually designed to meet the needs of each disabled child

They will help with physiotherapy to build muscle tone whilst encouraging children to play and have fun.

They also help with the growth and development of children with disabilities, enabling them to keep active and retain their independence.

Mark Bushell, from Caudwell Children, said:

We donate hundreds of life changing therapy tricycles to disabled children throughout the UK each year, but we currently have no applicants in Cumbria.

Disabled children get huge physical and emotional benefits from having the specially adapted tricycles, which are each custom made to suit the individual child's needs.

As well as providing regular exercise and physical therapy, the tricycles give children a renewed sense of inclusion which improves self-esteem and confidence.

We are desperate to hear from anyone caring for a disabled child who will be able to benefit from the tricycles.”

– Mark Bushell, Caudwell Children's charity
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