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What is the Macmillan Cancer Charity?

Organisers of a Carlisle coffee morning hope to raise more than £1,000 for the Macmillan Cancer Charity.

Here's a quick summary of the charity, so you know where your money is going:

  • Founded in 1911, the charity helps people with cancer by providing practical, emotional and financial support. This can be anything from a lift to hospital, to a grant to pay for heating bills.
  • 98% of income comes from donations, so charity events like today's coffee morning in Carlisle are vital.
  • Last year they raised nearly £190m. £121.7m went on services for people affected by cancer, with the largest portion going towards healthcare. The remaining money was spent on governance and fundraising.


Incredible Noah defeated the odds

Two months ago we brought you the story of an incredible little boy who defied all medical opinion to celebrate his second birthday.

Noah Wall has just two per cent of his brain functioning and he has a litany of complications including Spina Bifida.

He has made incredible progress. Despite countless operations and continuing health problems he continues to amaze his thousands of twitter followers with his progress.

Now his parents are organising a Gala Dinner to raise money for a new electric wheelchair to give him an even better quality of life.

Ryan Dollard reports:


FULL REPORT: Comedy walk with serious side

A group of comedians have begun walking Hadrian's Wall to raise money for charity. The group are performing gigs en route to raise cash and awareness of ovarian cancer. One of the comics, Matthew Fong from Doncaster, lost his Mum to the disease two years ago.

Hannah McNulty spoke to them as they set off on their walk from Port Carlisle on the Solway Firth in Cumbria.

Have you heard the one about funny men on Hadrian's Wall?

They began their giggle in Port Carlisle this morning Credit: ITV Border

A group of comedians have begun walking the Hadrian's Wall route to raise money for charity.

Organised by Nick Banks from Hartlepool, the group set off from Port Carlisle on Friday morning.

They're performing free gigs along the way with the audience asked to donate money at the end.

One of the comedians, Matthew Fong, lost his mother to ovarian cancer two years ago, and money is being raised for the charity Ovacome.

Beijing biddies left for China this morning

Two intrepid women have set off from Cumbria this morning on an epic fundraising mission.

Edwina Sorkin and Kate Sleath have dubbed themselves the Beijing biddies and set themselves the challenge of driving from Tebay to China in thirty days.

On their journey they will cover an incredible eight and a half thousand miles.

We sent Ryan Dollard to see them off:

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