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Walkers brave weather for D&G veterans fundraiser

The group are walking 40 miles across Upper Nithsdale Credit: ITV ews Border

A group of fundraisers have been braving the heavy rain to take part in a charity walk for ex-servicemen and women.

They're walking 40 miles across Upper Nithsdale to raise money for the Veterans Helping Veterans fund.

The rain has been unforgiving during the walk Credit: ITV News Border

The organisation sends veterans and their families for one week breaks to St Mary's House in New Abbey for rest and recuperation.

Some of the activities on the trip include clay-pigeon shooting and fishing.

Many of the veterans are living with conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and require counselling.

The walk began in Moniaive at 7am and is expected to finish in Dumfries town centre at 7pm.

Enya McGlinchey is one of the fundraisers Credit: ITV News Border

"It's Remembrance day tomorrow and it's for a great cause as the soldiers aren't getting as much recognition as they should be.

"My great-great-granddad was killed in action in France and my great-granddad was sent over to bring back the soldiers from France as well, so this time of year always means a lot to me."

– Enya McGlinchey, Fundraiser

Debt advice: who can help?

A church in Eden is offering an advice service to help people who are in debt.

Penrith Methodist Church has joined forces with the charity Christians Against Poverty, one of a number of organisations that can help:

The Penrith chapter of Christians Against Poverty can be contacted free on 0800 328 0006

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Council to consider closing fire stations

Cumbria County Council. Credit: ITV Border

Plans to cut millions of pounds from public services in Cumbria will be discussed by councillors today.

Cumbria County Council says it has to save an additional 17.5million pounds next year and is putting forward savings proposals for public consultation.

The plans include closing four fire stations, which the council say could shut as the number of fires in the county is decreasing.

Well we've certainly selected fire stations for a number of reasons, one is that the level of risk has reduced, but also that there is a proximity of other fire resources and fire appliances from local stations in close proximity."

– Jim Onions, Chief Fire Officer, Cumbria Fire and Rescue
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