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Anti-badger-cull charity awards money to vaccinating volunteers

The Dorset Badger Vaccination Project is free to farmers. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Badgers will continue to be vaccinated against TB in Dorset, after volunteers were given a grant by a wildlife charity to carry on.

The Dorset Badger Vaccination Project offers a free service to farmers and landowners. Last year they vaccinated more than 80 badgers across the county. The volunteers say they would not be able to continue their work after 2015 without the money from the International Fund For Animal Welfare.

The IFAW is "strongly opposed" to the government's badger cull, and sees vaccination as a humane alternative.

The volunteers say a growing number of farmers are approaching them about their services.

Red Cross International unit to leave Bristol

The British Red Cross in Bristol is saying goodbye to the international warehouse and its staff after 12 years.

The international emergency response unit warehouse is moving to bigger premises in Northamptonshire.

The move will free up space for locally-based Red Cross services, including a larger suite of first aid training rooms.

The Red Cross’s other health and social care and emergency response services remain unaffected.

John Cunningham at the Red Cross warehouse Credit: Red Cross


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Dancer arrives in Lands End after dancing across Britain

35 year-old teacher Ben Hammond finally arrived in Lands End on Saturday 27 July after dancing from John O'Groats.

It’s just brilliant to have finally made it to Land’s End. It’s been a long road getting to this point but with the support of so many volunteers, dancers and donors it’s great that my 3 million dance steps across Britain have helped to raise the £40,000 target I set out to achieve for four important charities. Hopefully this money can go some way to help those in Burma who haven’t had the freedoms that many in the UK have, and the successful completion of the challenge can show what ordinary people can achieve when they set their mind (and feet) to it.

– Ben Hammond
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Full report: Dancing the length of Britain for charity

A teacher will finally finish dancing from John O'Groats to Land's End on Saturday.

Ben Hammond took on the rather bizarre challenge to raise awareness of human rights issues in Burma.

It's been quite an adventure for the energetic dancer, and one that very nearly cost him his life, as our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy has been finding out:


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Dancing man at St Michael's Mount

A charity fundraiser who has been dancing the length of Britain is in Cornwall and nearing the end of his challenge.

The team in their distinctive neon tutus have arrived at Marazion Credit: ITV News West Country

Ben Hammond started his 1,400 mile mission last year to raise awareness of human rights issues in Burma. It's hoped the man in a tutu will arrive at his destination at Land's End tomorrow - this shot of the team was taken in the shadow of St Michael's Mount this morning.

A 5,000 mile run!

Jamie McDonald has already cycled 14,000 miles from Bangkok to his home city of Gloucester. Just two weeks later he spent 265 hours on a static bicycle; the world record is 224 hours.

As if that wasn't enough, he has a new project... He plans to run across Canada, coast to coast.

The distance is more than 5,000 miles. It is the equivalent of running 200 marathons, and he will do it all in 275 days.

Jamie suffers from a rare condition called Syringomyelia, when cysts or cavities form in the spine.

It meant he was in and out of hospital for most of his childhood. He now wants to raise money for the hospitals that helped him - Gloucestershire Royal's Pied Piper appeal and Great Ormond Street.

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