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Father runs marathon for stillborn baby daughter

Stephen Hunt is running for his daughter Tallulah Credit: ITV West Country

As runners all over the country prepare to run the London Marathon tomorrow, a bereaved father from Devon tells us why this year's race means more to him than just getting a good time.

Stephen Hunt from Exeter is running for the stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands - which supported him after his daughter Tallulah was stillborn in 2011.

Stephen, who has already raised funds for the charity by completing the Great West Run in 2014, is hoping to reach his target of £2,500 with this 26.2 mile run.

Ever since we collected donations for Sands at Tallulah's funeral, the London Marathon is something that I have wanted to take on, in memory of my daughter, and now's the time. Sands is the only charity I would do this for.

– Stephen Hunt


Plymouth dad becomes internet sensation after fulfilling son's beard wish

A Plymouth dad has become an internet sensation after drawing a beard on his sleeping son.

Doting dad Karl Baskott granted son Calum's wish after he told him he would love to have a beard.

Karl then posted a picture on Facebook of Calum with makeshift stubble.

It was picked up by popular social media page The Lad Bible, and has had more than 123,000 likes on Facebook.

Very first Rugby World Cup mascot is chosen

Archie Bryan was surprised with the news by Henry Slade from the Chiefs

The very first Rugby World Cup mascot has been unveiled - and he's from the West Country.

Archie Bryan, from Yealmpton was chosen after entering a competition in which he sung the national anthem and offered words of advice to the England team.

He was given the good news by Exeter Chiefs players Luke Cowan-Dickie and Henry Slade at Sandy Park, which will host three matches during the tournament later this year.


Student hopes to raise money for RNLI by running the Marathon in memory of her brother

A 25-year-old from Devon is running the London Marathon this weekend for the RNLI in memory of her older brother.

James Stott had an epileptic fit in the water while he was surfing off Watergate Bay in Newquay in 2006. He was pulled to the beach by two surfers where the RNLI attempted to resuscitate him before he was air-lifted to Truro Hospital.

Emily Stott is running the marathon in memory of her brother

Emily, from Stoke Gabriel, is now running the 26.2 miles as a thank you, and says the RNLI kept her brother alive on a ventilator while his family rushed to his side.

Emily is running in memory of her brother James

If it was not for the RNLI, I would have never have had the opportunity to spend time with him before the ventilator was switched off. The RNLI gave me and my family three days to spend with James and that to me is invaluable and time that I will eternally treasure.

– Emily Stott

She's hoping to raise £14,000 to put towards saving more lives for the RNLI to purchase a Rescue Watercraft (RWC), and name it Jimmi II.

Latest woe for Torquay United players

More players have been let go by Torquay United Credit: ITV News

Torquay United striker Elliot Benyon and right-back Dale Tonge are the latest players to be told they won't be offered a new contract next year.

The news from manager Chris Hargreaves follows the departure of young centre-forward Duane Ofori-Acheampong earlier this week.

The rest of the Gulls' squad are not expected to hear about their fate until after the final game of the season tomorrow, at home to Macclesfield Town.

Devon and Cornwall's garages join scheme to catch hit and run drivers

Credit: ITV News

500 garages and car repair centres across Devon and Cornwall have signed up to a police scheme to catch hit and run drivers.

They'll receive alerts about cars believed to have been involved in accidents. The idea came after a tip off from a garage about a car involved in the death of a teenaged moped rider.

PC Abi Bedson Credit: ITV News

"We're hoping this scheme will mean we can quickly access garages, workshops and body repair specialists to enable us to send out messages quickly to those people to let us know whether they've had vehicles, certain vehicles, come in for repair so that we can trace offending drivers, and bring them to justice quickly."

– PC Abi Bedson, Serious Collisions Investigations Unit
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