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Snowdrop planting at Sizergh Castle

Families can plant a snow drop for a £1 donation Credit: ITV News

Bereaved families in Cumbria have been planting snowdrops at Sizergh Castle near Kendal in memory of their loved one.

The snowdrops will bloom next year for families to walk amongst Credit: ITV News

Child Bereavement UK's snowdrop walk is designed to give families a physical remembrance at a place they can come back to.

Sizergh Castle now has the first snowdrop walk in the North West Credit: ITV News

Snowdrops create 'special place' for bereaved families

Bereaved families in Cumbria have been planting snowdrops at Sizergh Castle near Kendal in memory of their loved one.

Child Bereavement UK's snowdrop walk is designed to give families a physical remembrance at a place they can come back to.

"I think it's the significance, it's the ritual of coming and doing something. It's an act to remember. It's a special place that they come back to visit. They're with other families who are in a similar situation, so everybody understands each other. They will chat to other families while they're doing it. And it's just that special place for them to remember that special person."

– Leanne Jones, Child Bereavement UK

"Families in this area can be very isolated when they're bereaved. It's difficult sometimes for them to get access to services and find support, and so we offer support to bereaved children and young people aged 0 to 19 in the South Lakeland area."

– Tina Sudlow, Child Bereavement UK Support Worker in South Lakeland

VAT relief for Air Ambulance

The Great North Air Ambulance says a tax break announced in yesterday's budget will help save lives.

It costs £4million to run the service, £100,000 of which is the fuel needed. The VAT on that fuel has now been lifted after a lengthy campaign and a petition signed by 100,000 people.

"We're just all absolutely thrilled when we heard the news. It's been really hard to work to get to this stage, so it's just the culmination of everything we've been working towards.

We could save up to £25,000 and that money will go directly into the pot to pay for the missions. We estimate it costs about £2500 every time the aircraft flies, so you know, it could potentially save ten lives."

– Jim Entwhistle, Great North Ambulance Service

A boost has also been announced for Mountain Rescue Teams. They were disappointed the budget speech made no mention of VAT relief for them. But the House of Commons announced their funding has been secured. It means money due to run out next year will be extended beyond 2015.

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MPs react to new database for sharing patient records

On this week's Around The House, we debate a new scheme to share medical records kept by GP surgeries.

The information will be collected in a huge database and could eventually be shared with researchers and drug companies.

The NHS says data will be coded to protect confidentiality. Opponents say that cannot be guaranteed.

The Carlisle MP John Stevenson joined other northern MPs, Ian Swales and Iain Wright, to consider the issues:

Around The House: the state of state education

The Education Secretary Michael Gove wants to reduce the gulf between schools in the state and private sectors.

In a speech this week, he called on state schools to model themselves on independent lines.

The Carlisle MP John Stevenson, Redcar's Ian Swales and the Hartlepool member Iain Wright debated the issue for this week's Around The House.

The conversation began with a reminder of what Mr Gove had said:

Around The House: tonight at 11:40pm

Topical debate with northern MPs Credit: ITV News Border

On tonight's Around The House, MPs debate proposals to share medical records across the NHS and beyond.

The Carlisle Conservative MP John Stevenson also discusses plans to model state schools on the private sector.

He is joined by the Hartlepool Labour MP Iain Wright and the Redcar Liberal Democrat member Ian Swales.

We also consider the challenges of bringing more women into politics.

Join Helen Ford and guests at 11:40pm tonight (Thursday 6th February) on ITV in the Border region.

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