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Kendal celebrates Independent's Day

The campaign is in its fourth year Credit: PA

Local businesses in Kendal are celebrating Independent's Day.

The national campaign aims to promote businesses and highlight the benefits of buying local products.

Traders will showcase their goods in the market place in hope to encourage more customers to visit independent shops.

Figures suggest that if every adult in Kendal spent £5 per week in their local independent shops, it would be worth an extra 5.1 million pounds to the local economy.


Kendal's Mintfest to take a break

Kendal Mintfest will not happen next year Credit: PA

The organisers of Kendal's Mintfest have announced the festival will be taking a break next year.

Lakes Alive alive say that after eight years, they are looking to use the year off to appeal for new funding to keep the quality of the event up as well as looking at other things that the festival could do to bring in the crowds. The festival will return in 2016.


Cumbria Council respond to teenage death dispute

Cumbria County Council have released a statement, following the scrutiny of services after a teenager taking her own life.

'The county council assumed responsibility for commissioning school nursing services, as part of the NHS reforms which were introduced, in April 2013. Since then, the county council has increased the number of school nurses over and above those that were provided under the old NHS arrangements.

Last year, the county council invested an additional £85,000 to enable three extra school nurses to recruited by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) – the organisation that runs and manages the service.'

– Cumbria County Council spokesperson

Services criticised over teenage death

An inquest into the death of Helena Farrell, the teenager from Kendal who took her own life last year, has criticised several organisations that should have helped her.

Her family said she was a very 'bright, intelligent and adventurous, fun-loving, life-loving girl'.

Coroner Ian Smith said Helena 'died as a consequence of her own actions' but criticised the school, the mental health service and social workers. He called for them to deal with staff shortages and referral delays.

Helena took her own life in January last year, just one day after seeing Cumbria's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team.

Her father said the counsellor was 'gruff' and 'unfriendly'. Afterwards Helena said she was 'cold' and the meeting was 'horrible'.

That meeting was a month after she'd told her school nurse she was suffering from an eating disorder.

A referral to the mental health team wasn't made for another week. The nurse was covering 25 schools on 26 hours a week.

The Mental Health Service and the Council say they've already recruited more staff and made changes and that will continue.

Body found in search for missing Kendal man

The body of a man has been found near to the area where a missing man from Kendal was last thought to have visited.

59-year-old Christopher Strange left his home on Monday and is believed to have travelled to the Highlands.

The body was found in the water near to Neave Island, off the coast of Tongue, in the Sutherland area yesterday.

Police say the family of Mr Strange have been contacted and are being supported by officers.

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