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1,500 Cumbrians protest against care home bed closures

The closure of Brackenthwaite care home in Whitehaven is included in the plans Credit: Google Maps

Protestors are taking part in a Carlisle rally, objecting to Cumbria County Council's plans to close a string of care homes.

The council is proposing to close seven care homes in Carlisle and Copeland, replacing them with two new £6million homes.

A petition with the names of protestors will be handed to the council today, urging them to reconsider the proposals.

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Peebles optometrist takes on sight loss challenge

Linda Quinn outside of her shop Credit: ITV Border

An optometrist from Peebles is taking on a unique challenge to see what it's like for people who've lost their sight.

Linda Quinn is spending the day wearing specialist glasses which simulate varying degrees of sight loss.

Linda will be documenting her experience throughout the day as she takes on every day tasks like shopping, walking and spending time with her family.

She's raising money for 'talking' books, which is a free service run by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). They distribute over one million books every year to blind and partially sighted adults and children.

180,000
People in Scotland with significant sight loss
100
People across UK every day start to lose their sight

"It is fantastic to be involved in Peebles Community RNIB Talking Book. Peebles is one of the strongest communities I have known and I am proud to be part of it.

"There are so many wonderful charities and fundraising efforts in Peebles but, being an optometrist, it is my job to look after people's ocular health and to achieve the very best vision for them.

"This project will give me a chance to experience the practical impacts of sight loss.

"Whilst this can never replicate the emotional side of losing one's sight, it will place me in scenarios which will allow me to understand everyday challenges that children and adults face on a day to day basis. I hope it could also allow me to help someone that either already lives with this or is perhaps facing it in their future."

– Linda Quinn
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