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Care pod helps 3-year-old Carlisle boy

One woman from Carlisle has battled for two years to get the special care she needed for her disabled son. Three-year-old Ryan Wilkinson suffers from cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease.

But now a specially built pod attached to his home will transform the quality of life for Ryan and his carers. Paul Crone reports.

'It will make a dramatic difference to our lives'

The family of a young boy from Carlisle has become the first in Cumbria to receive a purpose built living pod which has been attached to the fmaily home.

Ryan Wilkinson has a range of health problems including chronic lung disease and profound deafness. His mother says the new extension will transform his quality of life.

The mother, Debbie Wilkinson, explains how the new pod will help:

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Disability care pod built for Carlisle boy

The first purpose built care pod to be installed in Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

After two years of fighting, the family of a Carlisle boy with a severe but undiagnosed disability, have become the first in Cumbria to receive a purpose built care pod.

Among his symptoms Ryan Wilkinson has chronic lung disease and profound deafness.

The pod will help his family to take care of him.

"It is going to be so much easier for him and safer for him, safer for us. It is just going to be so beneficial for all of us."

– Debbie Wilkinson, mother

Historic castle to be sold for several million

The historic Rose Castle near Carlisle is close to being bought. The people who want to buy it say they'll turn it into a place of spiritual reflection and somewhere that groups who are in conflict can try to resolve their differences.

The Church of England are selling it for several millon pounds. The castle in Dalston had been the home of the Bishops of Carlisle since the 14th century. Matthew Taylor reports.

'The Great Border City' vs 'the City of the Lakes'

Next, when you think of Carlisle, what springs to mind? The Castle? Hadrian's Wall? What about Lakes? The Great Border City - as it's been known for years - is being given a new identity.

Carlisle isbeing re-labelled the 'City of the Lakes' to make it more attractive to investors. Hannah McNulty has been finding out more.

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Carlisle: City of the Lakes?

Tens of thousands of pounds has been spent to re-brand Carlisle as a 'City of the Lakes' instead of the 'Border City'. However, this has been met with mixed opinions.

Tony Blaney, from the Lakes Hospital Group, says it's a bad idea as it will taint the lakes with the association with a city and will leave visitors annoyed when they get to Carlisle and discover they're actually 40 miles and an hour away from the lakes:

On the other hand Nigel Wilkinson, from Windermere Lakes Cruises, says if Carlisle wants to spend its budget promoting the lakes then it could be a good move for tourism:

Council promote Carlisle as the 'City of the Lakes'

City of the Lakes - that's how Carlisle Council's promoting the city to the rest of the country.

It's part of a scheme to draw in more business, but the move has received criticism from some companies who say Carlisle isn't in the Lake District.

Jason Gooding is the Chief Executive at Carlisle City Council and says that the re-branding is about 'driving growth':

Rose Castle on verge of sale

The castle was home to the bishops of Carlisle since 1230. Credit: PA

The historic Rose Castle near Carlisle is close to being bought. The Church of England are selling it for several million pounds.

The people who want to buy it say they will turn it into a place of spiritual reflection and somewhere groups who are in conflict can try to resolve their differences.

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