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Advice ahead of heatwave set to hit the Midlands

Temperatures in our region could rise to more than 30 degrees
Temperatures in our region could rise to more than 30 degrees Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

People are being warned to look after the vulnerable as temperatures in our region could rise to more than 30 degrees over the next couple of days.

It comes after the The Met Office issued a heatwave alert for the East Midlands.

The advice is to drink plenty of water and keep out of the sun.

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Mount Snowdon team raise thousands for charity

by Tejinder Kaur
Volunteers at Mount Snowdon raising money for charity
Volunteers at Mount Snowdon help raise money for charity Credit: Khalsa Aid

More than three hundred volunteers, many from the Midlands, have helped raise thousands of pounds for charity after conquering Mount Snowdon.

Volunteers from Birmingham, Leicester, Coventry, West Bromwich and Walsall were among those who took part in the fourth annual Snowdon trek challenge, raising more than 15 thousand pounds for Khalsa Aid in the process. The charity helped relief operations during the UK floods earlier this year.

A large team turnout for volunteers from Leicester
A large team turnout for volunteers from Leicester Credit: Khalsa Aid
These volunteers from Handsworth in Birmingham had earlier completed the Three Peaks Challenge
These volunteers from Handsworth in Birmingham had earlier completed the Three Peaks Challenge Credit: Khalsa Aid

Trek teams were greeted by youngsters from Handsworth in Birmingham, who had just completed the Three Peaks Challenge, which involves walking the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours.

More teams from the Midlands on the Mount Snowdon trek
More teams from the Midlands on the Mount Snowdon trek Credit: Khalsa Aid

Bal Sandhu from Khalsa Aid said: “Every year we see hundreds of hikers complete this event, these hikers raise money in support of humanitarian work carried out by Khalsa Aid across the globe. This year over 300 people completed the hike, with the youngest hikers being just five years old".

Narinder Singh from Oadby in Leicester was one of those who took part in the trek. He said "It was an unbelievable day. We had approximately 130 people hiking from the East Midlands who safely returned with smiles on their faces. We were overwhelmed with generosity".

As well as helping the UK's flood relief efforts, Khalsa Aid have also assisted relief efforts in Albania, India, Somalia and Indonesia. Money raised from the latest Snowdon trek will also go towards helping those in need.

World sprinting champion coaches Midlands footballers

World and Olympic sprinting champion Michael Johnson
World and Olympic sprinting champion Michael Johnson Credit: PA

Thirteen-time World and Olympic sprinting champion Michael Johnson has been in the Midlands giving coaching sessions, not to sprinters- but to footballers.

His coaching organisation has its British headquarters at St George's Park near Burton-on-Trent and he's been helping players, including five from Mansfield Town, get ready for the new season.

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Government announces £168m pothole filling fund

Potholes can cost motorists hundreds of pounds in car repairs and damages Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The government has announced plans to help fill more than three million potholes.

It is part of an investment into local and major roads. Councils across England have been allocated £168 million of funding for pothole repairs.

Local authorities will have to publish monthly progress reports on how many potholes are being repaired.

Figures released in April from the 19th Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey suggested it would cost £167 million to fill the backlog of potholes just across the Midlands.

Most romantic couple in the Midlands - married for 75 years

Teenage sweethearts who are set to celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary. Credit: BPM Media

Joan and Douglas Hawkins were pupils at Sparkhill Commercial School in Birmingham when they first met, aged 14 and 15.

That was a remarkable 79 years ago.

Joan and Douglas on their wedding day Credit: BPM Media

Joan, 93, and Douglas, 94, also lived at opposite ends of the same street – Alexander Road in Edgbaston.

Now the pair – who were described as the Midlands’ most romantic couple when they toasted 70 years of marriage – are looking forward to marking their 75th anniversary with their family of two sons, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

They have two sons, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren

They got married on June 17, 1939, at Edgbaston Old Church and went to Bournemouth for their honeymoon.

And their tips for a long and happy marriage?

Mutual understanding, a passion for dancing and hard work, of course.

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