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Man raises money to help others with disabilities

Jon Hastie is taking part in a 28 day marathon Credit: Jon Hastie

Jon Hastie will be taking part in a 28 day marathon to help raise money for young adults who suffer from disabilities, by driving his wheelchair for 28 miles.

Mr Hastie who was originally from Worthing but now lives in Shoreham - by- Sea suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy - a progressive muscle-wasting condition.

The money raised will go to the charity he co-founded which helps support other adults living with Duchenne.

His challenge started on 1st February and by day two he had already raised £2000.

I'm determined to complete the challenge and raise money for our cause. I've been blown away by the generosity we've seen so far and how much support everyone has shown us. It makes it all worth the effort it takes to brave the elements!

– Dr Jon Hastie


Fundraiser honoured for inspirational work

Beryl Parker with celebrity Bradley Walsh and Pat Egan from Places for People Credit: BCA awards

A woman, who raised over £40,000 for the hospital she had cancer treatment in, has earned a national award.

Beryl Parker from Bournemouth, was presented with the British Citizen Award that honours people who've made positive impacts on society.

Her fundraising efforts went in supporting the breast care unit at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, where she too, had received life saving treatment.

I can think of no other person who is more deserving of such an honour. She has given so much, helping others by taking up the mantle and raising £40,000 to benefit other women who have been diagnosed with cancer, despite her own ill health, and this shows exactly what sort of a person she is.

– Friend, Rev Chris Colledge

The brides gift that continues to give

When Paulette Pattenden found her perfect wedding dress she was sad to find out it was nearly £1000. This was out of her budget.

Unhappily, she returned home only to find a miracle in the post. It was a cheque for £1,000.

Paulette had won the Demelza Hospice Care for Children's Lotto and finally her dream dress could be hers.

After her wedding day, instead of keeping the dress stored away forever in her wardrobe, Paulette donated it back to the charity to allow more money to be raised.

Stars collide in Sussex for ITV drama Unforgotten series two

Critically acclaimed drama series Unforgotten returns to our screens tomorrow night with another cold-case whodunnit.

The show stars Nicola Walker alongside the Chancellor of Sussex University, Sanjeev Bhaskar - and both have been out filming in our region.

Andy Dickenson went to meet them along with ensemble cast members Charlie Condou, formerly of Coronation Street, and Mark Bonnar, star of Catastrophe.

Unforgotten starts tomorrow night at 9pm on ITV1.

'Gills' footballers spread festive cheer at hospital

Football team visit children in hospital to share some festive cheer

Players from Gillingham Football Club have visited children in hospital ahead of Christmas Day.

They handed out presents and some festive cheer at the Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, even leading staff and children in a round of carol singing. Among the players were Cody McDonald, Stuart Nelson, Josh Wright and Emmanuel Osadebe. Derek Johnson reports.


Bestival organisers relocating event but say 'committed to supporting the Isle of Wight'

The organisers of the Bestival music festival say they remain committed to supporting the Isle of Wight through music and charity - despite announcing the festival is to leave the island.

Bestival has been held at the Robin Hill Country Park, near Newport, for the last 13 years. Next September it will move to the Lulworth Estate in Dorset - the site of its sister, family-friendly event 'Camp Bestival'. The organisers say they are planning a new event to take place on the Isle of Wight. We spoke to Rob da Bank who runs the festival; and David Thornton from 'Visit Isle of Wight'.

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