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Full Report: Cumbrian skydiver appeals for more support

A former paratrooper from South Cumbria says skydiving has transformed his life after being injured in a blast.

After leaving the army, Alistair Hodgson became the first double amputee to skydive.

Now, he does it for Great Britain and he has been to Downing Street to raise awareness, saying more needs to be done to help injured soldiers.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports.


Full report: Course for children of fallen soldiers

A group of children from all over the UK have come together at an outward bound centre in the Lake District.

But what makes this holiday special is they all have one thing in common - each has lost a parent who was serving in the armed forces.

The charity, the Forces Children's Trust, has been set up to help those who are often overlooked when there are casualties and bereavements - the children of those who have died.

Andy Burn reports.

Lake District course for children who have lost a parent in the forces

A group of children who have all lost parents on active duty spent a week together on an outward bound course in the Lake District.

The Forces Children's Trust is a charity which organises holidays to help children overcome loss and bereavement. The group spent a week at Howtown Outdoor Bound Centre on Ullswater.

"They don't have got explain to each other they know everyone of them has lost their parent and they're very supportive of each other, very supportive."

– Denny Wise Founder, Children's Charity Trust

"People at school they can't really feel what you feel they don't really understand you but here they understand you perfectly and they can help you. The people at school they try and comfort you but they don't feel it."

– Heather (12)

In your own classroom not many people understand and if you start crying they start getting mad at you but if you're here they understand what you've been through because everyone's been through it."

– Lauren (11)


Full Report: Dutch army play out military exercise in the region

If you have seen a large military presence on the roads or in the skies of the region today - rest assured there is nothing to be worried about.

The region has been invaded by a foreign power, but only in a fictional scenario being role-played by the dutch airforce.

They are training here on exercise based out of RAF Spadeadam.

Ryan Dollard joined them earlier today.

Watch his full report below.

Full report: Soldiers ride in tandem

A former soldier who was badly injured by a roadside bomb is trying to raise thousand of pounds to help other military personnel in need.

Robert Reid from Jedburgh, and three of his rugby-playing friends, are combining their love of the sport with a cycle challenge - on a quad tandem.

You can watch the full report from Hannah McNulty below.

For more information, and to see how the boys are getting on, you can follow their progress here.

Bomb blast solider's charity bike ride

Rob and his friends ahead of 1200 mile bike ride. Credit: ITV

A soldier badly injured in a roadside bomb in Iraq is preparing to cycle more than 1200 miles with his three best friends. Robert Reid was blinded in one eye and spent time in a wheelchair after hewas injured in February 2008.

He and three others are going to cycle on a quad tandem bike to all the Kings of Sevens rugby tournaments in the Borders and then cycle around Scotland and be back in Jedburgh in time for the last match.

They plan to cover a distance of 1215 miles in April and May next year and raise £10,000 for three charities, the Scottish War Blinded, the Royal Regiment of Scotland Support Service and the Heart and Balls Charitable Trust.More information can be found here.

Scots soldier killed in Afghanistan named by MoD

Captain Walter Barrie with his son Callum
Captain Walter Barrie with his son Callum Credit: MoD

The Ministry of Defence have named a soldier killed in Afghanistan on Sunday, who had been serving with The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, as Captain Walter Barrie.

Captain Barrie was killed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Shawqat in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province on Remembrance Sunday in what is believed to have been an 'insider attack'.

The officer from Glasgow was playing in a football match between British soldiers and members of the Afghan National Army at his base when he was shot at close range by a member of the Afghan Army.

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