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WATCH: Fundraiser for Penrith teen with rare genetic condition

A teenager born with a rare genetic condition will finally meet others with the same condition thanks to the kindness of strangers in her home town of Penrith.

Natasha Todd has Russell Silver Syndrome which affects her growth. A local estate agents has made in their mission to raise the one and a half thousand pounds needed to send Natasha and her family to the annual gathering of the Child Growth Foundation. They’ve done it by baking cakes as Samantha Parker reports.

Carlisle beat Penrith 0-7 in pre-season friendly

Carlisle United have beaten Penrith 0-7 at Frenchfields Park.

Penrith AFC mascot, Bradley Hodgson, who played for England's Mencap team in Switzerland in May, led the teams out:

Penrith next play Kendal Town FC on July 21 at 7:30pm and Carlisle's first fixture for the 2015/16 season is Mansfield Town away on the August 8, with kick-off at 3pm.


Bodybuilder becomes face of fitness brand

Jonny Simpson used to weigh 7.5 stone. Credit: ITV Border

A bodybuilder from Penrith who has cystic fibrosis has become the face of a major fitness brand.

Jonny Simpson, 28, used to weigh just 7 and a half stone before he transformed himself.

He still has to take up to 40 tablets a day for his condition, but says sport has turned his life around.

He's now the ambassador for fitness supplements company Fight Life UK.

Cow destroyed as man injured

Credit: PA

A cow on the loose in Penrith, which left a man with minor injuries, has been destroyed.

Police have confirmed the man was knocked down when he approached the animal on the A66.

The road's eastbound carriageway at Kemplay Bank Roundabout remains blocked, and there is congestion in the area.


Air ambulance opens first Cumbria fundraising office

. Credit: Great North Air Ambulance.

The Great North Air Ambulance has opened its first fundraising office in Cumbria.

The Pride of Cumbria Air Ambulance has operated from its Langwathby base since 2004, but the new office in Penrith town centre will now serve as the hub for its fundraising in this county.

The Pride of Cumbria costs up to £2m a year to run and we rely on donations from the public to survive.

This small fundraising base in the heart of the area we serve will allow us to work towards safeguarding the future of the air ambulance.

We want to thank Penrith-based businesses Dream Doors, Arches Carpets, AST signs, Co-operative and Morrisons, as well as Carlisle-based businesses Monitor Systems, Tesco and Asda, who have all offered materials or labour free of charge.”

– Stacy Hucker, GNAAS’ public liaison manager in Cumbria

Around a dozen volunteers have already signed up, including retired joiner and lecturer Rod Bell, who was airlifted in 2009 after suffering a heart attack:

The air ambulance did a great job with me and ever since then I’ve been helping in any way I can.

It’s been quite difficult with the charity based mainly in the North-East but now they have this Cumbrian office it’s much easier for us to get involved.

I’ll be here most Thursdays, all day, doing my bit."

– Rod Bell

Woman airlifted to hospital after A66 collision


A 23-year-old woman has been airlifted to hospital, after a collision on the A66 Eastbound, between Penruddock and Stainton.

A section of the road was closed after the accident, at around 8am this morning, but has now been re-opened.

The woman, from near Armathwaite, had been driving a blue Peugeot 206.

She is being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, with serious injuries.

Penrith walkers step back in time

orma Benathon of the Richard III Society’s Penrith and North Lakes Group hosts a guided walk around the Duke of Gloucester pub in Penrith which has links to Richard III. Credit: Eden District Council

Walkers followed in the steps of Richard III this morning when they took part in a guided tour around Penrith.

Organised by Richard III Society’s Penrith and North Lakes Group and Eden District Council the walk was held to coincide with two national events taking place this month – the reburial of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral and English Tourism Week.

Led by Richard III Society Penrith and North Lakes Group members Marjorie Smith and Norma Benathon, it was aimed at giving members of the public an insight into the connections Richard had with Penrith during the late fifteenth century.

Several of the town’s historic landmarks took centre stage on the walk including The Gloucester Arms pub in Great Dockray (formerly Dockray Hall where Richard repeatedly lodged while carrying out alterations to the Castle) and Penrith Castle where he stayed on numerous occasions.

“During English Tourism Week we are delighted to have worked with the town’s Richard III Society to help stage this walk. It is fitting that at the same time as we are being encouraged to celebrate the country’s rich tourism industry we should celebrate the town’s links with this most famous of England’s kings.

"The fact that Richard III is in the international media spotlight at the moment with all the events happening in and around Leicester this month was something too good for Penrith not to link into.”

– Charlie Thornton, Tourism Development Officer, Eden District Council
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