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Cumbrian woman's cancer campaign

Melanie Thorpe and Alison Barbuti.

Melanie Thorpe was told she had breast cancer just five days after spotting a lump - a diagnosis that could have saved her life.

Now, the cafe owner from Windermere has joined forces with Cancer Research UK, to launch a new campaign to get people to spot the disease sooner.

  • Cumbria: 56% of people with cancer are diagnosed early
  • National: 54% of people with cancer are diagnosed early


On the court for cancer cash

A 24 hour netball challenge has started at St Bees school today.

Both primary and secondary schools are taking part in the event throughout the day which runs through to Saturday morning.

St Bees School Credit: ITV Border News

The 24 hour challenge will have a staff game as well as local netballers from all over Cumbria playing during the night.

The event is part of Pink Netball fortnight which aims to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK.

24 hour netball challenge Credit: ITV Border News

Carlisle Vicar supports No make-up selfies

Sue Wicks is a breast cancer survivor Credit: Sue Wicks

A vicar who survived breast cancer has backed the #nomakeupselfie trend, which has raised over £8 million so far for Cancer Research.

Sue Wicks, who was diagnosed aged 41, has taken two selfies to help raise awareness on an issue which she has been personally affected by.

She thinks the campaign is a great way to raise awareness Credit: Sue Wicks

Full Report: Charity walk for cancer

School children in the Scottish borders have been showing their support today for a man who is walking five hundred miles to raise money for charity.

Alistair McIntyre from Galashiels is following in the footsteps of his grandfather who walked from Fife to Kent in the 1930s to try to find work.

Alistair is doing the journey to raise money for cancer research. He plans to walk the final mile with his granddaughter - who suffers from a rare form of the disease.

Watch the full report from Kathryn Samson below.


Galashiels man in Borders as part of 500 mile walk

School children at St. Ronan's Primary in Innerleithen are supporting Alistair on his walk Credit: ITV News Border

A 54-year-old Borders man is walking 500 miles to raise money for charity and follow in the footsteps of his grandfather.

Alistair McIntyre, from Galashiels, is walking from Fife to Kent- recreating the route his grandfather walked in search of work 80 years ago.

Jimmy McIntyre Credit: ITV News Border

Jimmy McIntyre was a miner trying to find a job during the great depression.

Grandfather inspired charity walk

Mr McIntyre has set up the 'In Jimmy's Footsteps' appeal, in his grandfather's memory, to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

His six-year-old granddaughter Belle was diagnosed with cancer in 2011.

"Belle is bright, funny and incredibly brave. The whole family has shown amazing strength and resilience during this difficult time and they are an inspiration to us all."

– Alistair McIntyre

"Jimmy and Belle have both shown remarkable determination and I know this will be matched by Alistair and his resolve to raise as much money as possible for life saving research.

"In Jimmy's Footsteps is a wonderfully imaginative fundraising idea and everyone at the charity wishes Alistair and his supporters well as they embark upon their appeal."

– Donna Marshall, Cancer Research UK's volunteer manager in the Borders

The walk will take place from Fife to Deal, beginning in Lochore Mine where Jimmy once worked.

To find out more about the 'In Jimmy's Footsteps' appeal click here.

Galashiels man to walk 500 miles for cancer charity

Alistair McIntyre and his six-year-old granddaughter Belle Credit: Cancer Research UK
Jimmy McIntyre Credit: Cancer Research UK

In 1933 Jimmy McIntyre walked 500 miles to find a work as a minor, in order to support his pregnant wife and young son.

Now 80 years on, his 54-year-old grandson Alistair McIntyre, from Galashiels, is planning on walking 500 miles to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Alistair's six-year-old granddaughter, Belle was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2011.

She has already been treated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery and a stem cell transplant, and is currently undergoing treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton as part of a clinical trial.

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