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Celebrating her 100th birthday with a record breaking abseil

Doris Long, 100 years old on Sunday, with her 'toy boy' assistant Fred Dinenage Credit: Robin Britton

Doris Long, Hampshire's fearless centenarian, celebrates her 100th birthday on Sunday and confirms her status as the World Oldest Abseiler with a record breaking descent in Portsmouth - with ITV News Meridian presenter, Fred Dinenage.

Daring Doris is a great, great-grandmother and was born in 1914 just before the outbreak of World War 1. She is raising money for The Rowans Hospice which has helped more than 7,000 patients and their families across Portsmouth and south Hampshire.

Doris's latest charity challenge takes place on Sunday 18th May at 1pm at the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. She will be joined 'on line' by Fred Dinenage who previously abseiled down a tower block with Doris on a previous fundraising bid.

Fred 'very nervous' Dinenage, Doris 'Daring' Long and Stacey Poole in the ITV News Meridian studios Credit: Sarah Cooper

Fred Dinenage is rather nervous about his latest dare-devil challenge with Doris - "I actually have a fear of heights and the thought of dangling 500ft above Portsmouth at my age, has kept me away for a week. I'll be being nervous for both of us while the amazing Doris won't break a sweat."

If you want to contribute to Doris' fund raising appeal you can do so via this Just Giving link here. We will have a full report on the record breaking attempt on Sunday on ITV.

Hollywood's picnic appeal could raise thousands for Kent homeless charity

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Paul Hollywood's charity appeal Credit: ITV News

Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood is calling on people in Kent to host a picnic in aid of a homelessness charity.

The TV chef is backing the Picnic 4 Porchlight campaign, which is running across the county this summer.

Participants are encouraged to hold their own picnics and ask guests to make a donation to Porchlight.

Money raised will help the Kent-based charity support people who are homeless or facing the threat of homelessness.

Paul said: "I urge everyone in Kent to hold a Picnic 4 Porchlight. It's a great excuse to get friends and family together, sample some fresh Kentish produce and raise a bit of money to help homeless people in your community."

The picnic that raises the most money will win a family ticket for two adults and three children to Leeds Castle.

Picnics can be held at any time during the summer but any funds raised must be donated to the charity by August 29 for the organisers to be in with a chance of winning the prize.

For more information or to register a picnic, visit or call the charity on 01227 813199.


Male penguins team up to raise a chick

The chick was raised by Jumbs and Kermit Credit: Wingham Wildlife Park

Two same sex penguins have reared a chick at a wildlife park in Kent. An egg was placed in a nest box, where Jumbs and Kermit kept a watchful eye. The two penguins operated a shift system and even fed the chick. The entire family is reported to be 'doing well' at Wingham Wildlife Park.

Vintage Jaguars prepare for journey to South Coast

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Vintage Jaguars which will take part in London to Brighton Jaguar Run Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Around 250 vintage Jaguar cars assembled with their owners at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, south London today for the 16th annual London to Brighton Jaguar Run.

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Preparations for London to Brighton Jaguar Run Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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Vintage Jaguar Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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Classic Jaguar Cars Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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Smiles despite the damp weather for the Jaguar run Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire


Dormice found sheltering after Sussex floods

A small dormouse was found in the Sussex survey Credit: ITV Meridian

Dormice have been found hibernating in a nesting box in Sussex - where they are thought to have taken shelter after recent floods.

Dormice generally live across the South and hibernate on the ground or in hedgerows so it is especially unusual that they are hiding in nesting boxes.

Animals at Oxford park celebrate Easter

Meerkats investigate their Easter surprises Credit: Cotswold Wildlife Park

Animals at an Oxford wildlife park have been spoilt today as part of their Easter celebrations.

Keepers at Cotswold Wildlife Park have treated the animals with their own versions of Easter eggs that include animal enrichment.

Stephen the one-year-old Humboldt penguin pecks at the egg Credit: Cotswold Wildlife Park

Chris Kibbey, Section Head of Primates at Cotswold Wildlife Park, said: “Who doesn't love Easter? Chicks, Lambs, nice weather and of course Easter eggs. This Easter week seemed the ideal time to give our group of Meerkats some decorated eggs as enrichment.

"The Ostrich eggs have mealworms inside and the Chicken eggs are hard boiled. By rolling the eggs around, the Meerkats need to work hard to receive their reward. This keeps them busy and helps stimulate them.”

Kerima, a ground Cuscus, inspects his Easter egg Credit: Cotswold Wildlife Park
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