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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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Charity funding continues for flood victims

A number of charity groups are continuing to raise money for people affected by the Cumbria floods.

Inner Wheel District 19 fundraisers Credit: ITV News Border

The Inner Wheel District 19 (Cumbria and Lancashire) sent an appeal to all Inner Wheel Districts in the UK and Ireland, hoping to raise thousands of pounds.

They say the response they've had has been fantastic. So far, they've raised almost £25,000.

The money will be divided between the Cumbrian Community Foundation and Lancashire Foundation.

Handing out parcels Credit: ITV News Border

A Muslim charity group have also managed to raise more than £5000 in five days, and presented their cheque in Penrith to flood victims.

Handing over the cheque Credit: ITV News Border

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Support Our Soldiers morale boosting boxes

Servicemen and women serving abroad are receiving 'morale boosting' care packages, thanks to a man from Cumbria.

Ryan Winthrop from Whitehaven has been collecting and assembling the boxes for the charity 'Support Our Soldiers' for five years.

Every month he sends around 50 boxes to service women and men who are deployed all over the world.

In the lead up to the Christmas period the amount of boxes Ryan sends out to forces on tour goes up to around 500.

A typical box for Support our Soldiers Credit: ITV Border

Boxes and donations can be dropped off at your local Co-operative funeralcare across Cumbria

The co-operative funeralcare Credit: ITV Border

If you'd like to get involved or find out any more information you can visit the Support Our Soldiers website.

Tune in to Lookaround at 6pm tonight to see the full report of when ITV Border went to meet Ryan from the charity.

Hawick youngsters raise £21,000

Callum and Finn have raised thousands for charity Credit: ITV Border

Two cousins aged just 11 and 9 have raised more than £21,000 for charity

Callum Murray from Hawick and his cousin Finn ran 100 miles in 100 days to help buy toys and treats for children in hospital.

Callum was diagnosed with AML leukaemia four years ago and is now in remission

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