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Dragon Boat Race begins on Windermere

Eighteen teams are competing in a Charity Dragon Boat Regatta on Windermere.

They're raising money for Paddlers for Life, among other charities, which works with cancer patients, helping them to deal with their condition through dragon boat racing.

It's part of the North West Cancer Survivorship Conference where GPs and health professionals, cancer rehabilitation specialists, cancer survivors and supporters to get together in the Lake District.

Windermere hosts charity Dragon Boat Regatta. Credit: ITV Border

"Ten years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard about the benefits of dragon boat racing after treatment. I am happy to come out of it addicted to racing dragon boats. I love it not only for the paddling but for belonging to a team who have been through what I have been through. We don't need to talk about the cancer, we can if we want to. We talk and laugh about paddling, about our technique, about our lives. We become one, literally all in the same boat. The organisation prides itself on inviting all those affected by cancer to join them. That includes partners, families and friends plus those who have suffered other kinds of cancer."

– Cancer survivor Lynn Shamal from Ulverston
Teams line up. Credit: ITV Border

"This an important weekend in our calendar. The conference itself gives health professionals a chance to share ideas, whilst those taking part in the regatta are helping to raise funds. Both are significant steps towards improving the range of support services for those who have been diagnosed with cancer. At the same time, we are also encouraging the dragon boat crews to raise sponsorship for a charity of their own choice which have a special meaning to them."

– Ben Berry from English Lakes Hotels Resorts

Protest planned for West Cumberland Hospital opening

The new West Cumberland Hospital. Credit: ITV Border

Protestors will demonstrate outside the new West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, when it opens to the public for the first time.

Public open days are scheduled for September 24 and 25, and the leader of campaign group We Need West Cumberland Hospital says they have organised a demonstration on Thursday 24.

The group is against the transfer of services, and patients, to other hospitals, like the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

Siobhan Gearing, the campaign leader, says the NHS Trust still isn't listening to them:

We want to show that the public are still here, and we need to be taken into consideration.

The Trust are still not listening to the needs of the public, who are affected by changes to West Cumberland Hospital and the Cumberland Infirmary.

W want service users to come along and show that we need the services we once had, and for the Trust to say publicly that they are willing to make changes for the good of West Cumbria."

– Siobhan Gearing, campaign leader

Beat Box scheme aims to get kids moving

The Beat Box scheme aims to get children to walk, cycle or run to school. Credit: ITV Border

A scheme run in Annan and Dalbeattie to get parents and children to walk, run or cycle instead of using a car is proving a massive success.

Once registered, participants record their journeys on various so called beat boxes situated around the towns.

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