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Dorchester schoolboy to feature in charity's Big First Aid Lesson

Sean Irwin, his mum and grandmother Credit: St John Ambulance

An eight-year-old St John Ambulance volunteer from Dorchester is taking a lead role in the charity’s Big First Aid Lesson later.

The story of how Sean Irwin looked after his mum, Caroline (29) when she fell six feet and knocked herself out cold is being featured in the live webcast.

Sean, who has been a St John Ambulance Badger in Dorchester for three years, feared his mum may have suffered a serious head, neck or spinal injury in the fall, so he checked her breathing and pulse, rather than putting her into the recovery position.

Caroline regained consciousness and was taken to hospital by her mum.

Almost 200,000 children in over 1,000 schools will watch the lesson during the webcast. For more information:

Cornish charity to help relief effort in Nepal

Cornish charity Shelterbox has sent a team out to Nepal Credit: Nabin Subedi

The Cornish charity Shelterbox has sent a team out to Nepal to help set up shelters for those made homeless by the earthquake.

The charity says it already has a number of its boxes, stocked with emergency aid, in the country and will send out more if they are needed.

One of our contacts based in Kathmandu told us that the environment is filled with fear and that people have been told to expect more tremors. There is a lot of damage in Kathmandu and emergency relief will be required for sure

– Dave Ray, ShelterBox Operations Coordinator


Will a Devon runner be the fastest to run around the world?

Kevin Carr ultra marathon runner Credit: ITV News

An ultra marathon runner from Devon will return home today - crossing the finish line to his round the world challenge.

Kevin Carr set off from Dartmoor in July 2013 and has since run over sixteen thousand miles.

Averaging over a marathon a day he is on course to break the world record by 24 hours.

He's raising money for mental health charity SANE after suffering with depression when he was younger.

Family raise nearly £300,000 for Cornwall Air Ambulance

A widow has gone back to the scene of a speedboat tragedy which killed her husband and daughter almost two years ago.

Victoria Milligan and her children were passengers in the Cornwall Air Ambulance today as it flew over the spot where the accident happened on the Camel Estuary.

They've raised almost £300,000 for high-tech equipment which allows the helicopter to fly at night.

Jacquie Bird reports.

Plymouth family start cancer charity

The family of a Plymouth boy with a rare form of cancer have launched a new charity to help others in the same situation.

Five year old Henry Hallam has neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer with frightening mortality rates. His cancer is now stable.

The charity, Hugs From Henry, will offer financial help and pastoral support to other families affected by neuroblastoma.

Elsbeth Hallam, Henry's mum, has been speaking to ITV News.

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