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Bereaved mother receives award from Prime Minister for charity efforts

A Cheltenham mother who walked around the British coastline in memory of her daughter has been recognised by the Prime Minister.

Natalia Spencer trekked more than 6,000 miles - and raised more than £100,000 for Bristol Children's Hospital - after her five-year-old Elizabeth died of septic shock.

She has now been awarded the Point of Light award, recognising outstanding volunteers, and those who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.

It was a massive surprise for me to find out that l have been awarded with the Points of Light award.

I feel very humbled and honoured that the Elizabeth's Footprint fundraising effort is recognised by the Prime Minister and by such a prestigious organisation as Points of Light.

– Natalia Spencer
Natalia undertook the challenge in memory of her daughter Elizabeth. Credit: Natalia Spencer

She also received as a personal letter from Theresa May.

Your inspirational challenge of walking the entire coastline of Britain has raised vital funds for the Bristol Children’s Hospital and is a wonderful tribute to the life of your daughter, Elizabeth.

– Theresa May


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Two men prosecuted after fly tipping

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Two men have been prosecuted after pleading guilty to fly tipping general household waste.

Mr Duplessis and Mr Gobey, both from Cheltenham, received fines of £150 and were also ordered to pay costs of £220 and a victim surcharge of £30.

The prosecution followed a complaint made to the community protection team last June indicating that a large amount of fly tipped waste had been deposited at the end of Nailsworth Terrace and a link footpath leading through to Poole Way, Cheltenham.

Mr Gobey said during the interview that he was helping his neighbour move house at the time that they left the waste.

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Arrest made after swan shot with crossbow

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Gloucestershire Police have arrested a 48 year old man from Cheltenham on suspicion of injuring a swan.

George, a male swan, was shot with a crossbow in Pittville Park, Cheltenham last week and was seriously injured. He remains at Vale Wildlife Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre where his condition is improving.

The man has been bailed pending further enquiries.

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