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Ullswater's young people ask for more outdoor activities

Young people in Ullswater have asked for more outdoor events in their area
Young people in Ullswater have asked for more outdoor events in their area Credit: The Lake District National Park

Young people from Ullswater have asked for more outdoor activities in their area.

The 24 11 to 22-year-olds too part in a series of activities with the Lake District National Park, including camping, climbing and wild swimming.

For many of the young people it was the first time they'd explored their local area in this way, with all of them asking for more events like it to take place.

Park management ranger, Rec Cathey, said the area’s young people often felt marginalised and had little experience of pursuits enjoyed by millions of visitors who flocked to their valley.

“They told us they want more outdoor activities, so we linked with The Outward Bound Trust to make things happen.

“We wanted to make events free and accessible so everyone could be included. The response has been fantastic, particularly for our first weekend expedition.

“The idea is to get young people to look at their surroundings in a new light and see why working together is so important.

“We want to captivate the valley’s next generation and foster long-term commitment to the area. It’s been an amazing success story and we hope the work will be written into local strategies and continued in perpetuity.”

– Rec Cathey, Lake District National Park

Britain's leading female jockey to compete at Carlisle Racecourse

Hayley Turner (centre) with Sophie Doyle and Laura Pike
Hayley Turner (centre) with Sophie Doyle and Laura Pike Credit: Carlisle Racecourse

Britain's leading female jockey Hayley Turner is to compete for the first time at the world's only fixture exclusively for women riders.

Turner is booked for four rides at Carlisle Racecourse's Ultimate Ladies' Night fixture on Monday, 4 August, when every rider in all seven races will be a female jockey.

She will be competing against fellow professional and amateur riders to become the inaugural winner of the Durdar Trophy.

"It is great that I can make it up to Carlisle and Ultimate Ladies' Night this year. It is a unique event. I am looking forward to it - despite the journey up there from Newmarket!

"It is a fantastic meeting that showcases women jockeys’ talent and will encourage more women into racing. There are lots of girls at the moment that have got the ability and potential. It gives them all a chance. It is always nice to see the girls doing well.

– Hayley Turner

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The hunt is on for Lake District volunteers

The Lake District National park is on the hunt for volunteers.

They're looking for 30 people aged 18 and over who want to improve their countryside and environmental skills while gaining qualifications along the way.

Backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund has meant the Lake District National Park is able to recruiting volunteers for their Fell Futures project.

Volunteers will work alongside members of staff in an attempt to revive dwindling traditional skills and train the next generation of countryside workers.

“We want volunteers to work with our level three apprentices so they can learn together and support rangers in their widespread tasks. Alongside practical training, volunteers can go for formal qualifications in a range of widely recognised certificated courses.

“Becoming a Fell Futures’ volunteer is a great way to learn about the Lake District and support our work. It’s a very important role and will bring invaluable experience and new opportunities.”

– Dylan Jackman, Lake District National Park

Experience is not necessary but a reasonable level of strength and fitness will be needed carry out some of the more demanding jobs.

To find out more you can visit the Lake District National Park website.

Financial difficulties close Hadrian's Wall Trust

The Hadrian's Wall Trust has officially closed down today, Thursday 31 July
The Hadrian's Wall Trust has officially closed down today, Thursday 31 July Credit: Roger Clegg

The charity that maintains Hadrian's Wall has been officially wound up due to financial difficulties.

The Hadrian's Wall Trust said the "increased pressure" of finding an extra £170,000 of public funding a year meant it was no longer sustainable.

The trust, which employs 10 people will now be maintained by English Heritage and local authorities.

Each mile of the wall costs £2,800 a year to maintain.

Wrestlers prepare for Ambleside Sports Day

The event dates as far back as the 17th century - this picture was taken in 1989
The event dates as far back as the 17th century - this picture was taken in 1989 Credit: ITV Border

The annual Ambleside Sports will take place later today, Thursday 31 July, at Rydal Park.

The event features traditional Lakeland sports including Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, fell races and hound trails.

There has been a traditional sports day in Ambleside as far back as the 17th century.

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Cumbrian dog first in Europe with three prosthetic legs

This is the picture which inspired Vanessa to re-home Glory from Romania to Cumbria
This is the picture which inspired Vanessa to re-home Glory from Romania to Cumbria Credit: Vanessa Bamkin

Glory's learning to walk and run on her new prosthetic limbs a year after being adopted by a Cumbrian family.

When Vanessa Bamkin from Brampton saw a photo of Glory on Facebook she decided to take action.

Glory has now been fitted with three prosthetic legs and is the picture of health
Glory has now been fitted with three prosthetic legs and is the picture of health Credit: ITV News Border

Glory was a street dog in Romania who had three paws amputated and could hardly walk.

Vanessa arranged for her to be moved to Cumbria before raising more than £3,000 to pay for three new prosthetic limbs.

An extra £50,000 needed to restore Whitehaven Harbour

The harbour was badly damaged in last December's storms
The harbour was badly damaged in last December's storms Credit: ITV News Border

Another £50,000 is needed to restore Whitehaven Harbour.

It was hit by storms last December, and most of the damage has now been repaired thanks to a grant from theEnvironment Agency.

But further inspections have found a crack in the North Pier, and Harbour Commissioners now say they now need extra funding to complete the work

Mental health services for children 'too confusing'

A new report on Mental Health services for Children in Cumbria has found that the current systems are too confusing for young people and their parents.

The hard-hitting report tackles the difficult issue of suicide, and estimates that around 25,000 people could be affected by such a tragedy in the next ten years.

We'll be looking at the report's recommendations in tomorrow's Lookaround, but first, Fiona Marley Paterson has been speaking to one man with personal experience of the effects of mental illness.

There are numerous charitable organisations across the UK that aim to offer help and support to anyone who has a mental health problem:

Mind - provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem

Young Minds - a leading UK leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people

SANE - a charity aiming to raise public awareness, excite research, and bring more effective professional treatment and compassionate care to everyone affected by mental illness

Rethink -a charity supporting almost 60,000 people each year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone

Mental Health Foundation - a charity aiming to reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health problems in the UK

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