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Gala pop-up shop opens in aid of Rowan Boland Trust

Rowan Boland Credit: Boland family

A charity pop-up shop in Galashiels is raising money to help young sports stars in the Scottish Borders.

The Rowan Boland Memorial Trust was set up after 9-year-old Rowan Boland died suddenly at Gala Cricket Club in 2010. The young sport enthusiast had an underlying heart condition.

Pop-up shop in Gala Credit: ITV Border

His family now focus on helping young people from the Borders to realise their dreams.

Patrons of the charity include Scotland rugby stars Greig Laidlaw and Stuart Hogg, and Grand National winner Ryan Mania.

Dave Boland explains more about his hopes for the charity:

Penrith Mountain Rescue bare all for charity

Kevin Dowding and Luke Armitage feature in the calendar Credit: ITV Border

Members of the Penrith Mountain Rescue Team have dared to bare all in a bid to raise money for a new vehicle.

The team decided to take part in a naked photo-shoot to produce a charity calendar for 2017.

Money raised will go towards funding a new response vehicle, as Land Rover are no longer manufacturing the Defender, which is the current model used by the team.

During last December's floods, the team played a vital role in helping people cut off by water, and by working with the emergency services across the county.

"Obviously the vehicles are going through water so they need a constant service.

"We can't afford for a vehicle not to work so when we get a shout we need to know we can go out. We're constantly updating and servicing them.

"We don't do a lot of mileage but when we're off-road the vehicles take a lot of hammering and they need to be safe because it is an ambulance at the end of the day transporting casualties."

– Alan Conway, Penrith Mountain Rescue Team
October month Credit: ITV Border

The brave men and women who posed for photos were exposed to the elements, with some of them being photographed in the snow.

Members Luke Armitage and Kevin Dowding say it's brought the whole team closer together.

"There's snow in some of the shots so they were a bit chilly for some, other times it's a lot more pleasant but times were chosen so we're not too exposed.

"When we were with the photographer it was just the photographer then one or two of us and everyone has got their story now which is really nice. We certainly know each other more intimately now."

– Luke Armitage and Kevin Dowding, Penrith MRT

The idea for the calendar came from a night out in the pub, from one of the members who often poses as a life model.

The calendars are on sale for £8, with all proceeds going directly to funding a new vehicle.

The current Penrith MRT vehicle Credit: ITV Border

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Run Doonhame team ready for final push

The five policemen who've been taking part in a 750-mile run around the UK and Ireland have only 26.2 miles to go.

The Run Doonhame team have ran from London to Edinburgh via Cardiff, Dublin and Belfast.

They're raising money for Cash for Kids in Dumfries and Galloway and the charity Care of Police Survivors (COPS).

All five runners will complete the challenge on Sunday as they tackle the Edinburgh marathon.

Lori Carnochan caught up with the group as they were running through the region on their way to the capital:

Run Doonhame almost complete for Dumfries policemen

Adam Watret tackling the 'Devil's Beeftub' road near Moffat Credit: ITV News Border

Five policemen from Dumfries and Galloway are coming to the end of their epic running challenge for charity.

Sergeant Iain McKie and Constables Sandy Currie, Ian Dawes, Graeme Scott and Adam Watret, all from Police Scotland, are running a 750 mile relay around the UK and Ireland to raise money for Cash for Kids and Care of Police Survivors.

The 'Five Capitals Challenge' is the last charity run taking place as part of the 'Run Doonhame' series. The men began running from London, before reaching Wales, crossing over to Dublin, up to Belfast, over to Dumfries and are now on their final leg heading for Edinburgh.

Alan McGowan is one of the support team Credit: ITV News Border

"I'm just so incredibly proud of every one of these guys. What they've achieved is amazing, a herculean effort.

"They're all sore and tired but they know the end is in sight and can't wait to cross that finish line in our country's capital.

"The support given by the public has been brilliant. The messages on social media really keep the guys going when it gets tough out there."

– Alan McGowan, Support team, Run Doonhame

The group will finish their seven day challenge with the Edinburgh Marathon tomorrow, where they'll all run together for the first time.

Constable Adam Watret was given one of the biggest challenges of them all- running up the 'Devil's Beeftub' road near Moffat.

The road is a landmark in Dumfries and Galloway due to it's steep incline and stunning scenery.

"Running up the beeftub was tough going i'm not going to lie. But what a way to appreciate the amazing scenery in our region and the weather has been kind to us too.

"Some of the hills in Wales were far tougher so today's not been too bad."

– Adam Watret, Run Doonhame

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'Beijing Biddies' prepare for adventure to the Arctic

Edwina Sorkin back in the driving seat. Credit: ITV Border

A group of women are setting off on an epic driving challenge from Carlisle city centre.

The self-styled 'Beijing Biddies' drove from Cumbria to China in just 29 days two years ago to raise money for charity.

The team of five women are now set to start their 2,700-mile journey to the Arctic from the Old Town Hall where the mayor of Carlisle, Councillor Steve Layden, will wave them off alongside family, friends and supporters.

The women aim to drive to Nordkapp, 350 miles inside the Arctic Circle, in the toughest winter conditions to raise money for Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.

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