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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.


Fundraiser for new mountain rescue vehicle

The Tweed Valley Control vehicle needs to be replaced Credit: Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team

A fundraising campaign has been launched to replace the control vehicle used by Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team.

The charity, which is made up of on-call volunteers, are asking members of the public to buy a 'virtual pint' online, by donating the cost of a pint to their cause.

They want to buy a new £60,000 state of the art vehicle, equipped with technology such as a satellite data connection, touch screen computers for search planning and the most up to date communications equipment.

The current vehicle is 15 years old.

More information can be found here.

Mark's mobility marathon

Mark Newton on his mobility scooter Credit: ITV News Border

Former soldier Mark Newton is travelling across the region today on a mobility scooter, as part of a mammoth 11,000 mile journey, raising money for charity.

Mark is being accompanied by his two cats Smudge and Missy who have their own special compartment, and seem to enjoy travelling at a leisurely 7 miles an hour.

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:

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