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'We don't want any families going through what we went through'

A mother of two disabled teenagers from west Cumbria says a charity which is aiming to build a short break centre for disabled children has raised £250,000 in a year. Dawn Raynor from Moor Row say Give Us A Break are looking at two possible sites for the building which could be built by next year.

Currently the only respite centre for children in west Cumbria is only open part-time and the charity want to build one that's open seven days a week. Dawn told ITV News Lookaround why it's so important the centre is built:

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Kayak charity challenge almost complete

A mother of two disabled children from Moor Row in west Cumbria has spent 48 hours kayaking around 13 lakes in the Lake District. Dawn Raynor is hoping to raise thousands of pounds towards building a respite centre for families like hers.

"'I am determined to do this, I have to do this. There needs to be more support for families who have children with disabilities. For us the nearest respite centre is in Workington and it isn't open seven days a week. I will get this centre built. If I can do this challenge when I'm cold, hungry and shattered then that centre will be built. It will be too late to help my family but hopefully it will help others like us.'

– Dawn Raynor, as she entered her 12th lake, Wastwater

Dawn's charity 'Give us a break' needs to raise £1m to get the project going.