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Cumbrian nurses raise money running London Marathon

Charlotte Treloar raised money for the British Heart Foundation Credit: North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Two Cumbrian nurses have raised over £3,000 for charity after running the London Marathon last weekend.

Cardiology nurse Charlotte Treloar completed the race in 4 hours and 36 minutes, raising almost £2,000 so far and staff nurse Hannah West completed in 4 hours and 57 minutes and raised over £1,000. Both work at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Charlotte Treloar is raising money for the British Heart Foundation. Her partner’s niece, Phoebe, had open heart surgery at just two weeks old, and is one of the youngest people to receive such an operation.

Hannah West raised funds for the Stroke Association Credit: North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Hannah, who works at the Assessment and Therapy Centre (ATC) ran to raise funds for Stroke Association in memory of her granny. Also, there are many stroke clinics in ATC so this charity is very close to Hannah’s heart.

Charlotte said:

I’d like to say thanks to everyone who supported and encouraged me, especially staff and patients on the cardiology floor, who all helped raise around £500."

– Nurse Charlotte Treloar

Alvez the Cumbrian Tapir packs his bags for pastures new

Alvez the Tapir is leaving his home at The Lake District Wildlife Park Credit: ITV Border

A tapir born at the Lake District Wildlife Park is preparing to leave Cumbria for pastures new.

Alvez is heading off to a breeding programme in the United Arab Emirates in a few weeks time. He's one of a family of four Brazilian tapirs at the Lake District Wildlife Park.

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The three-year-old is the first calf of his mum and dad Muffin and Rio, and has a younger brother Zico, born in 2015.

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There are four species of Tapirs in Central and South America and South-East Asia. All Tapirs are in decline and their plight is symbolic of the wider threat to their natural habitat in the rain forests. It's hoped that the breeding programme will mean Alvez will soon have a family of his own.

Keeper Leanne with Alvez and Zico Credit: ITV Border

Keeper Leanne Harrington has been looking after the Tapir family since Alvez was only a matter of weeks old. She said:

Alvez was quite a Mummy's boy when he was younger, sticking close by for a long time. Now he has minutes of madness, running around his enclosure. In contrast his little brother is very independent already.

Alvez is quite tolerant of his brother who has a cheeky habit of nipping his older brothers' ankles. They both love having their backs scratched which is great for park guests taking part in Keeper Experiences."

– Leanne Harrington

Egremont couple return from aid mission to Gambia

Colin Fox from Whitehaven, travelled to Gambia with his wife to give aid to children. Credit: Colin Fox

A couple from Egremont have just returned home after delivering a container full of aid to Gambia.

Colin Fox and his wife Sharon, handed out everything from school bags to clothing on behalf of all those who donated items - and they said the experience was life changing.

The couple hired a shipping container in February to transport aid to Gambia, after seeing the condition of the country's schools on their honeymoon.

We made a promise to the people in Gambia that we would return with some support and we made a promise to the people in Cumbria that we would take the stuff to them and that's exactly what we've achieved."

– Colin Fox, Siboo charity


Beckermet Pub named Best in Cumbria

The team at The White Mare in Beckermet Credit: Dianne Irving

The White Mare in Beckermet has been named the Best Pub in Cumbria by the National Pub and Bar Awards 2016.

The pub was re-opened, following a £400,000 makeover in 2015.

The White Mare will now represent Cumbria at the national awards event in London in May.

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