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New £2m scheme to support older people in Cumbria

The programme aims to provide 2,000 Extra Care Units Credit: PA

A new £2 million Extra Care Housing Grant Award scheme has been set up by Cumbria County Council to improve the lives of older people in Cumbria. The programme aims to provide 2,000 Extra Care Units across Cumbria by 2025:

Cumbrians are proudly independent and want to live in their own homes for a long as possible. Extra Care Housing helps them to achieve this. We all hope to live to a ripe old age and our older years should be a time to enjoy a positive and fulfilling life and having your own home is key to achieving this.”

– Cllr Peter Thornton, Cabinet Member for Health and Care Services

Tim Farron urges families to join organ donor register

On average, three people die each day in need of a transplant Credit: Office of Tim Farron

Tim Farron is calling for more families in the South Lakes to join the organ donor register. This follows his visit to a donation stand at Westmorland General Hospital at the start of Organ Donor Week.

On average, three people die each day in need of a transplant because of a lack of registered organ donors. As of last week, there were over 6,000 people in need of a new organ.

Although we should be proud of the huge numbers of people in the South Lakes that signed up to be organ donor, the number of people who die every year because they can’t find a donor is still far too high.

I am calling on everyone who has not signed up to join the organ donor register today. It is quick and easy to do, but could well be the difference between life and death for someone.”

– Tim Farron, MP

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1/4 of Cumbria parents aware of NHS lunchbox guidelines

A child's lunchbox should include starchy carbohydrates, fruit and veg Credit: PA

Only a quarter of parents in Cumbria are aware of NHS guidelines concerning healthy packed lunches for their children. The Eatwell guide says a child's lunchbox should:

  • be based on starchy carbohydrates (bread, potatoes, rice, pasta).
  • include fresh fruit and vegetables/salad.
  • include a source of protein such as beans and pulses, eggs, fish, meat, cheese (or dairy alternative).
  • include a side dish such as a low-fat and lower-sugar yoghurt (or dairy alternative), tea cake, fruit bread, plain rice/corn cakes, homemade plain popcorn, sugar-free jelly.
  • include a drink such as water, skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, sugar- free or no-added-sugar drinks.

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Officers raise £537 for Macmillan in Kendal Cyclothon

Sixteen officers took part in the event at Elephant Yard on Saturday Credit: Cumbria Police

Kendal police officers have raise £537 for Macmillan Cancer this weekend by cycling 240 miles.

Sixteen officers took part in the event at Elephant Yard on Saturday 19 August between 10am and 6pm. The fundraiser was organised by Kendal Inspector Paul Latham and Sergeant Siraaz Patel.

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