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Winchester Pride parade marks annual event

Dozens of people have joined a march in Winchester as part of the city's gay pride event. The annual gathering celebrates the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. Tonight a party will be held at the Guild Hall.

We spoke to some of the people taking part in the celebrations, and one of the organisers - Sarah Collins from Hampshire Pride.


Tourists flock for an encounter with a religious masterpiece - in Goring, Sussex

The great works of art can, of course, be found in the likes of Paris, London, New York and Rome...

But in recent times tourists have flocked to a new destination - a small church in Goring, in Sussex, for an encounter with a masterpiece.

It's 25 years since parishioner Gary Bevans completed his recreation of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

As Andy Dickenson reports, speaking to Anne Niven, Parish secretary of English Martyrs Church, it now has truly global appeal.

Pooh Bear's birthplace up for sale - take a peek

A property on the housing market in Sussex is attracting a large amount of curiosity because it has two claims to fame.

Cotchford Farmhouse in Hartfield was the 'birthplace' of the world's most famous bear - Pooh Bear , in the tales written by A A Milne; and the scene of a rock 'n'roll tragedy. John Ryall reports.

The interviewees are Alistair Johns the owner of Cotchford Farmhouse; and Ann Thwaite, a biographer of A. A. Milne.

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.

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