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Young busker wins national award

Madison Glinski busked across Cornwall to raise money for the Children's Hospice SW Credit: ITV News

A ten-year-old from St Ives who's raised more than£50,000 for Children's Hospice South West by busking across Cornwall, has won the title of Young Fundraiser of the Year.

Madison Glinski was up against three youngsters nominated for the Just Giving Award.

Over the last 19 months she gave up her holidays and weekends to play her violin on the streets of the county.


Young busker raises over £50,000 for children's hospice

10-year-old Madison Glinski has raised the money in just over a year. Credit: ITV West Country

A 10 year old busker from St Ives has raised over £50,000 for a local charity.

Madison Glinksy has been playing her violin in the streets of Cornwall since April 2014.

She set a target of raising £50,000 for the Children's Hospice South West after hearing about the work the charity does for life limited children.

But Madison has now gone over her target and has handing over a cheque for £52,006 to the charity today.

I feel overwhelmed and really happy that I've finally reached my target. I've had to do lots and lots of busking but it's gone by really quickly because I've enjoyed every single moment of it. My mum wants me to rest now but I want to keep fundraising.

– Madison Glinkski
Madison hands over her cheque to Children's Hospice South West. Credit: ITV West Country

Its overwhelming to think that one young lady is so inspired by the needs of other children, I can't believe what she's done in such a short space of time.

– Mary Murfin, Children's Hospice South West

Cornish girl walks for the first time after years in a wheelchair

A young girl from Cornwall who suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy has walked for the first time after taking up surfing.

Eight year old Madison Eddy, from Redruth, was born three months premature and had spent her life in a wheelchair.

But after a six week surfing course in St.Ives she's now walking without help.

Margaret and Martin Eddy Madison's adopted parents were overwhelmed seeing their daughter walk.

50-year-old man has died in a serious road collision

A 50-year-old man has died after being involved in a crash in St Ives, Cornwall yesterday afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the scene in Carbis Bay, where a blue BMW had crashed on St Ives Road around 4.25pm.

The driver was flown by air ambulance to Treliske hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Two other people were in the car but were not seriously hurt.

Police are appealing for witnesses and asking anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the vehicle on the B3074 to contact them.

Police help in the hunt for a toy monkey missing in St Ives

The toy monkey called Boo was lost somewhere in St Ives Credit: Beth Elsdon

Police in St Ives are helping a child who lost a cuddly monkey on St Ives beach.

Beth Elsdon appealed on Facebook on Monday evening in a desperate search for the toy, which is called Boo.

This appeal has been shared by Devon and Cornwall Police.

A real long shot here but Jack has lost his beloved Boo today somewhere in St Ives. We are all very sad. Someone may have picked him up and is keeping him safe. (He has lost an eye so will need some help finding his way back). Thank you so much.

– Beth Elsdon


Cornwall takes two places in top five holiday hot spots

St Ives and Newquay are two of the UK's top five holiday destinations for 2015 it's been revealed.

The Cornish towns came second and fourth respectively, in a survey undertaken by Cottages4you.

The firm ranked Whitby in North Yorkshire as the holiday destination tourists are most likely to visit this year, with Keswick in the Lake District third, and Scarborough in North Yorkshire ranking fifth.

Charity busker "devastated" over Facebook row

Charity busker Credit: ITV News

A 10 year old busker who has raised over £34,000 for the Children's Hospice South West has had her fundraising Facebook page shut down, because she's too young to use the site.

Violinist Madison Glinski started playing in the street in St Ives and Truro when she was nine.

Her Facebook page was used to chart her fundraising and had over 100,000 page views, along with videos and messages of thanks from families who use the Little Harbour hospice in Cornwall.

But because she is under Facebook's age 13 restriction, the page has been closed down, despite pleas from mum Teressa who was updating the page on her daughters behalf.

We woke up to find our account had been blocked and communications from Facebook wanted clarification of Madison's date of birth. I explained to them our operations on Facebook and I completely agree with their age rules. All we really wanted was her community page saved, and I asked many many times for them to allow me to go back and be an administrator but they weren't going to allow that.

– Teressa Glinski

It means Madison has lost her online photos, videos and messages charting her fundraising since last August.

"It makes me feel very upset and devastated really and I feel a bit robbed, they were all my photos and everything."

– Madison Glinski

Facebook has told the family it was acting in accordance with the sites rules.

Cornish MP queries value of 111 NHS helpline after one caller was asked "Are you conscious?"

A Cornish MP has queried the value of the 111 NHS helpline after one of his constituents was asked "Are you conscious?"

Andrew George, who is the Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives, said the system faced "meltdown" over the Christmas period and was based 200 miles away in Newport, South Wales.

Minister Norman Lamb said it was important to keep the system under review.

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