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Children 'are not eating enough' in the summer

According to a report carried out for breakfast cereal manufacturer Kelloggs one in ten pupils in Scotland come back to school after not eating enough during the school holidays.

In the North West of England that figure is one in six. Around a third of teachers say they've noticed pupils coming back to school underweight, while about a quarter of all parents say the holidays put an extra burden on their food budget.


Full report: Family's closure over father's work accident

In an exclusive interview with ITV News, the family of a man killed in an accident at a slaughter house in the Scottish Borders say they now finally have some closure after the company who owned the abattoir was found guilty of health and safety breaches, following his death.

David Barker was killed at the Galashiels-based Abattoir in January 2011. The company has now been fined £100,000 over failings that led to his death.

Jenny Longden has been speaking to his family.

Slaughterhouse found guilty - 'It is a sense of justice'

The family of a man who died after an accident at work have said they feel 'a sense of justice' after the company was found guilty of health and safety breaches.

David Barker was killed at work in a Galashiels-based abattoir in January 2011.

His stepson, Kevin Telford, says he can move on now that he knows 'the truth':

Son says slaughterhouse should have pleaded guilty

A Scottish Borders slaughterhouse have been found guilty of health and safety breaches after a man was killed in an accident.

Scottish Borders Abattoir Limited were fined a £100, 000 following the death of David Barker in January 2011.

His family say they now have closure. However Kevin Telford, David Barker's stepson, says that the company should have pled guilt:


Cumbrian motorcyclists to help save lives

A life-saving new scheme has been launched in Cumbria.

Blood Bikes will see volunteer motorcyclists providing free out of hours transport for blood and medical supplies.

Blood transportation is an expensive business.

In Cumbria alone 700 units of blood are used a month across our hospitals, that equates to 23 units a day.

Hospitals in our region also transport between their sites four or five times a week, with two or three of these urgent transfers.

Now anyone with a motorbike licence and a willingness to learn could help.

Our reporter Fiona McIlwraith reports on how having Blood Bikes in our region will be a massive benefit for our hospitals.

Borders schools pilot healthy eating campaign

Pupils in three Borders secondary schools are piloting a healthy eating campaign aimed at encouraging them to eat better quality food and take part in more outdoor activities.

The scheme has been developed by members of Scottish Borders West Youth Voice in partnership with Young Scot and Scottish Borders Council’s Schools Catering Team.

"We hope the campaign gains support in the Borders as it is such a great opportunity to encourage healthy eating and a balanced lifestyle. Young Scot is not only a great place to gain rewards and benefit from discounts, but it is also a great information service for young people."

– Jane Lochrie, West Youth Voice member

The initiative is being trialled in Earlston, Peebles and Selkirk high schools until February 2015.

It will then be reviewed and if deemed successful, rolled out to all nine Borders secondary schools.

It works with the existing cashless catering system and means that any young person who purchases a school meal will automatically be awarded Young Scot points which can then be exchanged for positive experiences or outdoor and sporting equipment via the Young Scot website.

“It’s an exciting and innovative way of encouraging young people to adopt a more healthy lifestyle and I would encourage all pupils at these three high schools to take every advantage of this unique opportunity.”

– Councillor Vicky Davidson, Scottish Borders Council

30 people sign up to become Blood Bikers

30 bikers have already signed up for a new scheme which delivers emergency medical materials to those most in need.

Blood Bike riders will need to go through a rigorous training programme before getting accreditation to ride for the service.

"The bikers can actually use their own bikes or they can use the livery bikes that we have. If they use their own bikes they simply have to take a short assessment to see that they are safe in what they do, if they want to use the livery bikes they have to be an advanced rider with the AIM or Rostera.

"The bikes are equipped with blues and twos so we do a little bit of training for blues and twos so that people are aware of what's reburied when they're being used."

– Alan Bragg, Blood Bikes Cumbria & S.W Scotland

Blood Bikers saving lives across our region

All the motorcyclists involved are volunteers, on-call 24/7 Credit: ITV News Border

Motorcyclists across the region have signed up for the scheme which will provide free out of hours transport for blood between hospitals.

The 'Blood Bikers' will be on-call 24 hours a say, seven days a week, so that crucial medical supplies will be able to reach those who need it most.

Over 30 bikers have already signed up for the scheme Credit: ITV News Border

All registered Blood Bike riders will need to go through a rigorous training programme before getting accreditation to ride for the service.

Previously emergency supplies would have to be sent by taxis.

That money can go towards patient care and other key NHS frontline services.

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