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AGM for troubled Morecambe Bay NHS Trust

Furness General Hospital. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/PA Images

The Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust holds its annual general meeting in Kendal on Thursday.

The Care Quality Commission placed the trust in "special measures" last year after concerns about its performance.

The AGM will take place at the Castle Green Hotel, at 2pm.

It's a chance for the public to hear about the past year, and question the trust's board members about the future.

Two reviews into the trust's performance have been published in the last year:

I am really looking forward to this Annual Members' Meeting as it will be the first since I joined the Trust as Chair.

Events like this are always one of the real highlights on the calendar for me as it gives us the perfect opportunity to talk directly to the public about what has been going on at the Trust, what achievements we've made, what challenges we've faced, and also what we are planning for the future.

It also enables the public to ask the Trust Board and the Council of Governors any questions they may have about their local hospitals.

I hope that as many people as possible will take the time to come along to the meeting and get involved."

– Pearse Butler, Chair, UHMBT


Sentimental photos stolen from young carers

A group of young carers, on a holiday in Manchester organised to give them a rest, have had their possessions stolen.

Kayla Laisby lost a photo of her and her dad, who has terminal cancer, when they were younger:

I want the people to be found so that they can understand how much us as carers have been through anyway. And now for them to do that to us, no regard for us whatsoever... and now everything's gone."

– KAYLA LAISBY, young carer


Memories of the Queen: Grace Kelly

Throughout the day we'll be bringing you memories of the Queen from people in our region.

Grace was chosen to present flowers. Credit: Jane Kelly

Jane Kelly and her daughter Grace went to see the Queen in Kendal in 2013.

A security guard lifted Grace over the barrier so that she could present her flowers to the queen in person.

My daughter Grace and I went to see the Queen in Kendal. We went early and bought a same bouquet of red, white and blue flowers.

We waited behind the barrier near the cenotaph.

After a while the Queen's bodyguard came over and asked if Grace would like to give her flowers personally to the Queen.

He lifted her right over the barrier and placed her in the line up. I was very proud of her because she was very shy and also looked after the little ones in the line up."

– Jane Kelly
Grace was chosen to present flowers to the Queen. Credit: Jane Kelly

Police appeal after 'hammer brandished' in supermarket

Police want to speak to this man. Credit: Cumbria Police

Cumbria Police want to speak to the man in the above CCTV image, after a hammer was brandished in a Kendal supermarket.

It happened at around 9:50pm on May 18, in the ASDA store on Burton Road.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Newsham on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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