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Charity launched to support South Cumbria flood victims

The group will help people who are still feeling the affects of the floods. Credit: ITV Border

A new charity has been launched in South Cumbria to help people who are suffering long-term issues caused by flooding, such as isolation, anxiety and child poverty.

Hope Community has been set up by volunteers who've been helping people since Storm Desmond in December 2015.

Some families receive food parcels but don't necessarily know how to cook.

If you get a box full of food that's fantastic and well needed, but if those families don't actually use the food but just keep it in the cupboards and then go out and get a takeaway, driving them into more debt, then that is a concern.

– Jonny Gios, Hope Community


Thieves ruin South Lakes young carers' holiday

A holiday break for young carers from Cumbria who look after sick family members has been ruined after thieves broke into their minibus.

Personal belongings including gifts and cameras were stolen when the vehicle was parked up in Manchester.

Now South Lakeland Carers are appealing for donations to replace what was taken.

Breast screening unit safe but requires improvement

An investigation into the North Lancashire and South Cumbria Breast Screening Programme has highlighted "serious concerns" in relation to the management, working relations and audit culture.

The review concluded the service is safe but there must be a "significant review of processes" to ensure it stays that way.

The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust says it welcomes the report and will implement all of its findings. Katie Hunter has more:


Community's plan to install their own fibre-optic broadband

A community in South Cumbria could pave the way for areas all over the country to be part of a high-speed broadband network without waiting for any big companies to install fibre-optic cable in their area.

Homes and businesses in Garsdale and Dent have teamed up to create their own community broadband company and are hoping to connect their homes in the New Year.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports.

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