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Marathon man on winning Pride of Britain Award

Ben Smith came into the studio to talk about his achievement - including winning a Pride of Britain Award Credit: ITV News

Ben Smith from Portishead, who completed 401 marathons in 401 days has been named ITV Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain Awards.

We invited him into the ITV Westcountry studio where he told our presenters Ian Axton and Kylie Pentelow he was finding it hard to sleep following his epic challenge.

He also said the Pride of Britain Awards ceremony was amazing and he got to meet some of his heroes.

West athlete announces her retirement at just 20

A North Somerset gymnast who helped Team GB women finish fifth in the all-round competition has announced her retirement.

Ruby Harrold showed poise and strength during her uneven bars routine, but has decided to finish her career as an elite gymnast in favour of university.

Ruby Harrold performs during women's gymnastic qualifications in Rio Credit: PA

The 20-year-old, who trains at Portishead, will head to Louisiana State University this September - a move she has put off for three years.

I'm looking forward to starting a new chapter in my life in college gymnastics, but leaving what I know behind will be hard.

Special thankyou to all the girls in the GB squad. You've helped make the tough times manageable and the great times unforgettable.

– Ruby Harrold


20-year-old Ruby is a seasoned performer.

At the 2016 British Championships she won beam and bars bronze before going to Bern for the European Championships and helping the team take silver.


Woman dies after being pulled from Portishead marina

The woman was brought to waiting paramedics on the shore. Credit: Portishead Coastguard / Facebook

A woman has died in hospital after falling into Portishead marina.

Coastguard were called out to rescue the unconscious woman who had fallen in to the marina last night (18 February).

The team joined other emergency services who helped bring the woman to waiting paramedics on the shore. They attempted resuscitation and brought her to hospital, where she later died.

Enquiries are ongoing as to how the woman came to be in the water. Credit: ITV News

Unconscious woman pulled from Portishead marina

Multiple emergency services attended the scene. Credit: Portishead Coastguard / Facebook

Portishead Coastguard were called out to an unconscious woman who had fallen in to the marina.

The team joined other emergency services who helped bring the woman to waiting paramedics on the shore who attempted resuscitation.

The woman was transferred to hospital with paramedics still working on her.

Thoughts and prayers are with her family.

– Portishead Coastguard / Facebook
The woman was brought to waiting paramedics on the shore. Credit: Portishead Coastguard / Facebook

Many people took to social media to find out the cause of the emergency services' heavy presence in the area.

Brave mum to start treatment for breast cancer

Heidi Loughlin has an aggressive form of breast cancer Credit: ITV News

A mother with an aggressive form of breast cancer, who delayed chemotherapy to give birth is due to start her treatment.

Heidi Loughlin from Portishead gave birth to Ally Louise twelve weeks early in order to start the procedure. Her daughter died last weekend, aged just eight days.

Heidi with little Ally who sadly passed away on Saturday Credit: Heidi Loughlin

Cancer mum's charity appeal passes target 60x over

Mum Heidi with little Ally Credit: Heidi Loughlin

A charity webpage set up by a cancer patient from Portishead has passed its target 60 times over.

Heidi Loughlin discovered she had an aggressive form of breast cancer when she was 20 weeks pregnant. She knew her baby would have to be born early to allow for her to have potentially life-giving treatment and that she would be cared for in an incubator.

She also knew she would lose her hair to chemotherapy so she and a friend decided to have their heads shaved for Bristol's St Michael's Hospital Cots for Tots appeal.

That was where the fundraising started and it has since mushroomed.

Raised so far
Original £200 target

Despite Heidi putting off treatment to give her unborn baby the best start in life, daughter Ally Louise Smith was born by Caesarian on 11 December, weighing just 2lb 5oz. She passed away on Saturday 19 December.

Read: Heidi has written a moving tribute to baby Ally.

The fundraising continues - you can find out more here.

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