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Mum raises £100,000 after child dies of rare illness

The second nominee for the regional Pride Of Britain Fundraiser of the Year has been announced.

The awards are backed by The Daily Mirror with the ITV Border regional winner getting an invite to a star studded ceremony in London.

Today's finalist is a mum from Workington who's raised almost £100,000 for charity. Katie Hunter's been to meet her:

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Local volunteer helps save lives

The Pride of Britain awards are backed by The Daily Mirror with the ITV Border regional winner getting an invite to a star studded ceremony in London.

This week we meet the nominees before a regional winner is chosen on Friday.

Our first finalist is a young woman from Cumbria who's used to putting others wellbeing first, as Tim Backshall reports.

For more information, visit theCommunity First Responders website.


89-year-old takes leap of faith down 820m wire

Facing the longest zipwire in Europe sounds like a scary enough challenge for most people, but what about when you're nearly ninety?

Well, one man from the Gatehouse of Fleet, who is just that, took on the challenge this weekend along with seventy others. As Lori Carnochan reports, they took this particular leap of faith to raise money for a charity close to their heart.

Man, 89, completes Europe's longest zip wire

Bobby was given an award for his charity fundraising Credit: ITV Border

A 89-year-old man has taken part in a charity zip wire event to raise money for charity.

The zip wire is 820 metres long, the longest zip wire in Europe. Seventy people overall took part for Macmillan Cancer Support at Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries and Galloway.

"Well I had always intended to do the zip-line but it never happened, and my son Robert he was asked if he would do it and he says no my father will do it but I was intending to do it anyway."

– Bobby Carson, Macmillan Cancer Fundraiser
Bobby raised over £700 for the event Credit: ITV Border

Harry's letters from WW1 go home to Carlisle

One of Harry's letters Credit: ITV Border

A collection of 150 letters are to go on display at a Military Museum in Carlisle.

The hoard was collected by the museums curator following a phone call from a relative of soldier Harry Canham, who served with the Kings Own Border Regiment.

The nearly complete collection documents his time fighting in the Far East.

The equivalent of one a week was sent during his time there. Only two are missing from the collection.

Harry Canham, soldier with the Kings Own Border Regiment Credit: ITV Border

"He's telling his family when he is embarking from Southampton on his way he drops off at Alexandria for refuelling, re-provision of the shop and onwards through the Suez Canal to the Far East. So it is just mundane stuff but of vital importance in these years of commemoration of the First World War."

– Tony Goddard, Curator of The Military Museum of Life


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Salmond takes Ice Bucket Challenge and nominates PM

The First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, has taken the Ice Bucket Challenge in response to an invitation from Alistair Darling.

In return, he nominated Prime Minister David Cameron remarking that he "saw him in a wetsuit the other day so I know he's got the equipment".

He was joined by the deputy leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon.

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