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Tim Farron urges families to join organ donor register

On average, three people die each day in need of a transplant Credit: Office of Tim Farron

Tim Farron is calling for more families in the South Lakes to join the organ donor register. This follows his visit to a donation stand at Westmorland General Hospital at the start of Organ Donor Week.

On average, three people die each day in need of a transplant because of a lack of registered organ donors. As of last week, there were over 6,000 people in need of a new organ.

Although we should be proud of the huge numbers of people in the South Lakes that signed up to be organ donor, the number of people who die every year because they can’t find a donor is still far too high.

I am calling on everyone who has not signed up to join the organ donor register today. It is quick and easy to do, but could well be the difference between life and death for someone.”

– Tim Farron, MP

All England Stone Skimming Championships sees new records

Next year’s championships will be held on Saturday 18 August. Credit: PA

The All England Stone Skimming Championships, held on Windermere on Saturday 19 August, saw records broken and new entries into the official English sporting record books.

This included a 72-meter skim in the 11 to 16s category set by Gregg Heynes, who made the championship record, braking the previous one by 14 meters.

We’ve had a fabulous day of skimming here today and attracted hundreds of entrants. We haven’t yet counted the money taken, but we could also have made a record amount, on a day of hugely impressive records. If so, it will be great news for South Lakes conservation, as this event is organised as a fundraiser for vital conservation work in the South Lakes.”

– Julius Barratt, Trustee, South Cumbria Rivers’ Trust

Next year’s championships will be held on Saturday 18 August.

Police investigate several burglaries of South Lakes businesses

A number of businesses were broken into around the South Lakes Credit: PA

Police are investigating a spate of burglaries that have happened across the South Lakes area.

Several business premises were broken into, where money from safes and tills were stolen. They include:

  • A caravan park in Meathop and Crooklands.
  • Two caravan parks in Endmoor.
  • A motor vehicle garage in Crooklands.
  • Three business premises in Sedwick, Flookborough and Cartmel.

Cumbria Police are urging business owners to remain vigilant and to keep doors and windows locked, as well as to not leave any valuables at the property overnight.

Police also encourage business owners to ensure they install CCTV cameras and extra security measures to help prevent or detect such crimes.

Anyone with more information is urged to contact Cumbria Police on 101 or by emailing and ask to speak to DC Ian Garratt. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

South Lakes MP set to launch new 'town hall meetings'

Meetings are set to take place on on Friday 28 July and Tuesday 1 August Credit: PA

South Lakes MP, Tim Farron, is set to begin a series of 'town hall meetings' alongside his annual summer tour this year.

The meetings will give residents the opportunity to put their questions to Tim and to raise and discuss any issues local people have.

Tim Farron says one of the best parts of his job is listening to and acting on the concerns of local people.

Wherever you are in the South Lakes, and whatever your question or issue, I’d be delighted to see you on the tour or at one of the meetings.”

– Tim Farron, South Lakes MP

The first two meetings will be held at Carver Uniting Church in Windermere on Friday 28 July and Grange-over-Sands Parish Church on Tuesday 1 August. Both meetings will run from 7pm to 9pm.


WATCH: Communities urged to set up 'no cold calling zones'

How do you feel when there's a knock on the door and it's someone you don't know?

For many people, it's intimidating and that's why Cumbria County Council is urging more communities to become 'no cold calling zones'. Fiona Marley Paterson has more.

Watch: holiday for carers ruined by thieves

A group of teenage carers, who dedicate their lives to looking after their relatives, have had their holiday ruined by thieves.

The trip to Manchester was arranged to give them a break, but their minibus was broken into, and photos and gifts with sentimental value taken.

Fiona Marley Paterson has this report:

Sentimental photos stolen from young carers

A group of young carers, on a holiday in Manchester organised to give them a rest, have had their possessions stolen.

Kayla Laisby lost a photo of her and her dad, who has terminal cancer, when they were younger:

I want the people to be found so that they can understand how much us as carers have been through anyway. And now for them to do that to us, no regard for us whatsoever... and now everything's gone."

– KAYLA LAISBY, young carer
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