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Grandfather attempts three marathons in 24 hours for charity

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A man from Dumfries with diabetes is attempting to complete the equivalent of three marathons in just one day to raise money for charity.

Derek Banks - who's been a type one diabetic for 55 years - will row, cycle and run 26 miles each time at his local gym.

He was inspired to fund raise for Diabetes UK after someone suggested he walked up Ben Nevis.

But the grandfather of 7 decided that would be too easy.

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Cool runnings: unique charity fundraiser

Annie Rawlinson has been travelling around Cumbria dressed as a polar bear Credit: ITV Border

A woman from Kendal has been travelling around Cumbria dressed as a polar polar in order to raise money for charity.

Annie Rawlinson also ran a half-marathon in the North Pole as part of her fundraising efforts.

Annie Rawlinson also completed a half-marathon in the North Pole Credit: Annie Rawlinson

She completed the challenge in -30 temperatures, but says she found the arctic conditions tougher than she'd anticipated.

It's much, much, much colder than anything you can imagine and then doing one lap my goggles froze totally so I couldn't see.

And then the terrain is so rocky - well, it's not rocky, it's icy - I just kept falling over, which I thought was really funny and just kept picking myself up."

– ANNIE RAWLINSON, NORTH POLE MARATHON RUNNER
She found conditions in the North Pole tougher than she'd anticipated Credit: Annie Rawlinson

So far Annie's raised over £3,500 for the Samaritans, a charity she volunteers with.

But she says she's still fundraising and hoping to make more.

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'Nothing was changing her mind'

A five-year-old girl from Carlisle had her long hair cut short to help young cancer patients.

Amy Renwick's haircut has raised £1,000 for charity, and she has donated the hair to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment.

Her mother has said she is proud of her daughter, who was determined to go through with the charity effort after making the decision late last year.

5-Year-old girl cuts hair for cancer charity

Amy having her hair cut off Credit: ITV Border

A five-year-old girl from Carlisle has raised £1000 and had her long hair cut short to help young cancer patients.

Amy Renwick's locks will now be donated to the Little Princess Trust which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to their treatment.

Her mother says it was all Amy's idea.

Oh it's just amazing , I was so surprised when she said she wanted to do it. Nothing was changing her mind, she's stuck at it since before Christmas and not changed her mind so really really proud."

– DONNA RENWICK, AMY'S MOTHER

The Veterans Council opens branch in Cumbria

From left: Mark Barrett (Armed Forces Community Engagement Officer), Cllr Gordon Nicolson (Eden District Council Leader), Cllr Malcolm Temple (Armed Forces Champion, Eden District Council) Credit: The Veterans Council

An Armed Forces charity called The Veterans Council now has an office in Cumbria.

The charity provides professional, impartial information to help those who have served or who are serving in the armed forces, and their families, make choices about what support is available to them.

Mark Barrett has been appointed as The Armed Forces Community Engagement Officer for Cumbria and will be based in Penrith.

If you would like to find out more, you can visit The Veterans Council Facebook and Twitter pages.

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