Thousands of swimmers have been taking to Windermere as part of the annual Great North Swim. Now in its eighth year, the event has ten thousand competitors. Some are raising money for charity, others, simply, for the challenge. See Samantha Parker's full report here:
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Mountaineers Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott are leading hundreds of people in an expedition to climb the height of Everest at an ice wall in Keswick today.
The event is raising money for victims of the Nepal earthquakes.
A former University of Cumbria student who won top prize at the Katmandu International Mountain Film Festival for her documentary about a Nepalese boy living in the UK is now selling her film to raise money for victims of the Nepal earthquakes.
Laxcha Bantawa has so far raised £2,000 and hopes to fund 25 shelters for people made homeless by the earthquakes earlier this year.
Police are investigating the death of a man who was found injured in Cockermouth today.
Police were called at 3:03am this morning with a report of a man found injured at the Globe Hotel on Main Street in Cockermouth. The man was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. The death is being treated as suspicious at this time.
Temporary Detective Inspector Ralph Henderson from Cumbria Constabulary said: “We have a team of detectives working hard to find out the identity of the male, and establish what exactly has happened. We have closed a section of Cockermouth while we carry out our enquiries. “I would like to reassure people that we don’t believe there is any danger to the public at this time, and thank local people for their patience while we undertake a thorough investigation. “At this early stage in the investigation I would urge anyone who was in the Globe Hotel last night between 11pm (Saturday night) and 2:30am (early hours of Sunday morning) to make contact with West Cumbria CID by contacting 101.”
The roads currently closed include:
- A section of Station Street (between Main Street and South Street)
- South Street to River Cocker
The areas within these boundaries are also closed. Motorists and pedestrians are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.
Carlisle's Nepalese community have been on the city's streets raising money for the victims of last month's earthquake.
More than 8,000 people died, thousands more are injured or homeless.
All the money raised will go directly to people in the worst-affected areas of the country.
A Cumbrian folk singer has brought a Gambian kora player to the UK where they will perform together to raise funds for his wife's hospital treatment.
Yankuba Conteh lost his daughter in a gas explosion earlier this year, and his wife was left badly burned.
Fiona Marley Paterson reports.
Last week's Keswick Mountain Festival raised £20,000 for victims of the Nepal earthquake.
The four-day event took place on the shore of Derwentwater and provided a feast of live music sport, outdoor activities and high profile speakers including Ray Mears, Jonny Brownlee and Leo Houlding.
£1 from the sale of each ticket bought at the festival was earmarked for Community Action Nepal (CAN) and when this money is added to other fundraising efforts and donations made during the festival it amounts to around £20,000.
CAN is a UK based charity set up by mountaineer Doug Scott in 1975 to help the mountain people of Nepal and is supported by mountaineers and mountain-lovers from across the globe.
The video below is all about about fundraising for CAN during the festival.
Mountaineers Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott are inviting Cumbrians to raise money for victims of the Nepal earthquakes.
They're asking them to join a fundraising event on 12 June, where climbers will scale the height of Everest on Cumbria's only indoor ice wall.
The key thing is, you're doing it for such an important cause. Because Community Action Nepal has a large number of health posts and medical centres and schools throughout that area in Nepal.
And just about every single one of them has been destroyed."
Mountaineers from the region have today announced major fundraising plans to help the displaced victims of the Nepal earthquakes.
The plans were unveiled as Keswick gets ready to host the first Mountain Festival since the disaster.
The situation in Nepal is likely to dominate the festival as many of the climbers will know the country and its people well.
You can watch Fiona Marley Paterson's report on the preparations for the festival below.