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Beat the Street: DG towns first in Scotland to launch scheme

The aim is to get more people in the towns walking. Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/PA Images

Dumfries and Galloway has become the first region in Scotland to adopt the Beat the Street initiative.

The aim of the project is to get people walking - whether it's to work, or school.

Dalbeattie and Annan are both involved, which means all of the pedestrian crossings in the towns have a special box attached.

Walkers can swipe cards on these, to tot up their mileage as they wander the town.

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Asthma: help and advice

Michael Edwards, from Dumfries, is raising awareness of the dangers of asthma, after his daughter died following an asthma attack.

He's raising money for Asthma UK - a charity that funds research and supports people with the condition.

These websites provide more information about asthma:

  • Allergy UK - this charity offers a helpline, and advice on how to deal with asthma attacks
  • NHS - the National Health Service guidance on asthma
  • British Lung Foundation - offers a guide to "controlling your asthma", and lets you download medical research and other publications

'Whatever I did wasn't good enough': man raising awareness of asthma danger

Imogen was just 17 when she died. Credit: ITV Border

Many people are unaware of how dangerous asthma can be... that's why Michael Edwards has been raising awareness of the condition.

His daughter, Imogen, died following a huge asthma attack when she was just 17.

I phoned her round about twenty to five as I always did, because she'd finished school and I could hear the telly in the background and she's had a bath and she was sitting eating food.

I said oh you're doing fine and she said yes I'm sitting watching the telly dad, just waiting for you to come home.

I then left work, and at about ten to six a text came through for me saying please try and come home quick, with kisses after it as always."

– Michael Edwards

Michael arrived home to find Imogen had suffered a massive asthma attack.

He called 999, and drove Imogen to the bottom of the hill near their home in Wallaceton to wait for the ambulance.

It was then that she collapsed on me, she got out of the car and obviously it seems like an eternity but it wasn't - they were probably here in about ten minutes from Thornhill.

Basically she went and I caught her and laid her down, tried to do what I could you know, tried to give her CPR obviously.

When she had her attack initially it was on the floor in the front room, she looked very white and it can be so sudden. And that time I did CPR and her breath came back... but this time whatever I did wasn't good enough and I failed."

– Michael Edwards

Michael is now doing whatever he can to raise awareness of the condition.

He's known at his work and in his local community for his trademark long hair, but is having it all shaved off to raise money for Asthma UK.

Whatever I can do to try and help people... it's the best thing I can do and it will be a great memorial testament to Imogen."

– Michael Edwards

Dumfries man's asthma warning

Michael Edwards had his hair shaved to raise awareness. Credit: ITV Border

A man from Dumfriesshire is warning people about how dangerous asthma can be.

Michael Edward's 17-year-old daughter, Imogen, died from the condition in February last year.

Imogen Edwards. Credit: ITV Border

He's had his trademark long hair shaved for charity to raise awareness, and money for charity.

WATCH: Cumbrian man cured by botox injections talks to ITV Border

A Cumbrian man's constant headaches have been cured by botox.

Steven Howes was left with almost permenant pain after two serious head injuries.

He's been receiving treatment at the Cumberland Infirmary for the past three years.

In that time he's gone from being confined to his bed for weeks at a time, to getting his dream job as a teacher.

Greg Hoare has this report.

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Man's 15-year headache cured by Botox injections

Steven Howes suffered two head injuries which left him in constant pain. Credit: ITV Border

A man's 15-year headache has been cured by having Botox injections.

Steven Howes from Cumbria was hit in the face with an axe in an unprovoked attack in around 2000.

Then in 2005 a metal winch fell on to his head while he was working.

He has suffered from constant headaches ever since which left him unable to hold down a job as he was in such pain.

Stephen Howes after he was attacked with an axe. Credit: ITV Border

He said: "The best I way I can describe the pain is it's like having brain freeze but instead of a few seconds it's for 24 hours a day.

"Then on top of that, almost feeling like your skull is being crushed by a vice. It kind of gives you somewhere close to how it feels."

But for the last three years he has been having Botox injections which he credits with curing his headaches.

Steven having Botox injections which he gets every three months. Credit: ITV Border

Botox was approved for use on the NHS to treat migraines and headaches in 2012.

Since Steven has been having the treatment he has gone from being confined in his bed for weeks at a time to getting his dream job as a teacher.

"I start my new job in September," he said.

Eight boys taken to hospital after taking pink tablets

Police in the Borders have issued a drugs warning after eight boys, all under 16, were left in hospital as a result of taking an unidentified pink tablet.

They are said to have experienced significant adverse effects and are being treated in the Borders General Hospital. The police say some of the tablets may still be in circulation in the area.

Inspector Calum Welsh, who is based at Melrose Police Station, said: “These recent and unfortunate incidents highlight the significant dangers of taking non-prescribed drugs.

“It is clear that the, as yet unidentified, pink tablets are extremely potent and should be avoided at all costs.

“We believe there are more tablets circulating, particularly in the Hawick area, and my message to the public is to stay vigilant.

“I would urge anyone who has taken the tablet and who feels unwell, or knows anyone who appears unwell after taking the substance to please seek medical treatment as soon as possible.”

WATCH: Blood Bikes appeal for volunteer riders

Come rain or shine, three hundred and sixty five days of the year, blood bikes are on the go.

They provide a vital service to emergency departments all across the region.

Nationally there are 1,500 voluntary blood bikers, with forty-five across the south of Scotland and Cumbria.

Despite playing such an important role, many people are unaware of what blood bikers do.

Kate Walby went to find out.

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