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Grasmere hosts Walking With The Wounded challenge

Almost 600 people took part in the Walking With The Wounded's annual fundraiser in the Lake District.

The 'Cumbrian Challenge' raises money for the injured war veterans charity, which aims to help ex-service men and women get back into work.

Lori Carnochan was in Grasmere for the start:

WATCH: New breakfast club for military veterans and families

A social group for people who used to work in the armed forces and their families is encouraging more people to join after growing rapidly over the last six months.

The Cumbrian branch of the Military and Veterans Breakfast Club provides support and a sense of community for generations of people with a shared background in the services. Ryan Dollard reports.


Walkers brave weather for D&G veterans fundraiser

The group are walking 40 miles across Upper Nithsdale Credit: ITV ews Border

A group of fundraisers have been braving the heavy rain to take part in a charity walk for ex-servicemen and women.

They're walking 40 miles across Upper Nithsdale to raise money for the Veterans Helping Veterans fund.

The rain has been unforgiving during the walk Credit: ITV News Border

The organisation sends veterans and their families for one week breaks to St Mary's House in New Abbey for rest and recuperation.

Some of the activities on the trip include clay-pigeon shooting and fishing.

Many of the veterans are living with conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and require counselling.

The walk began in Moniaive at 7am and is expected to finish in Dumfries town centre at 7pm.

Enya McGlinchey is one of the fundraisers Credit: ITV News Border

"It's Remembrance day tomorrow and it's for a great cause as the soldiers aren't getting as much recognition as they should be.

"My great-great-granddad was killed in action in France and my great-granddad was sent over to bring back the soldiers from France as well, so this time of year always means a lot to me."

– Enya McGlinchey, Fundraiser

'Veterans Helping Veterans' sponsored walk in D&G

Veterans Helping Veterans Credit: Veterans Helping Veterans

A group of military veterans are taking part in a 40-mile sponsored walk in order to raise money for Veterans Helping Veterans.

The charity helps ex-military personnel to cope with conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, by organising social activities with like-minded people.

The walk begins from Moniaive at 7am, before passing through Thornhill Cample, Dalswinton and finishing in Dumfries at 7pm.

Walking with the Wounded take on Scafell Pike

Six veterans are climbing England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, as part of their 1,000 mile expedition from Scotland to London.

The Walk of Britain group is made up of veterans who have either physical or cognitive injuries from their time serving on the front line.

They will be met by Cumbrian mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington following their climb.

"The team have been amazed by the amount of public engagement the walk has created and touched by the numbers that turn out each day to support them on their journey.

"We are very excited to be walking through the North West with our partner for the week, the National Football League, and are confident the North West will produce the best support for the team so far!"

– Edward Parker, CEO of Walking With The Wounded


Search is on for Cumbria's Second World War veterans

Veterans at the Cenotaph to mark 65th anniversary of VJ Day in 2010 Credit: Press Association

The Royal British Legion is calling on Cumbria's Second World War veterans to come forward and take part in a service commemorating the seventieth anniversary of VJ Day.

In Cumbria the commemorations will take the form of a Service of Thanksgiving, Reflection and Remembrance at Carlisle Cathedral on 15 August.

With the focus of the service being on honouring the dwindling numbers of surviving veterans, the Legion hopes as many as possible can attend.

“While we are aware of the veterans who are members of the Royal British Legion, we are equally conscious that there are WW2 veterans living in the county, at home, in care and residential homes who should have the opportunity to be present if they wish.

"We therefore seek the public’s help in locating those veterans, so that we can send them an invitation."

– Eddy Dixon, Cumbria Chairman of the Royal British Legion

Anyone aware of veterans who might want to be invited is asked to provide their name and contact details to the Royal British Legion by calling 01539 734499 or emailing

Galashiels veteran recalls German surrender

A 93-year-old World War Two veteran from the Scottish Borders has been remembering the day he was told the war was over whilst he was posted in Germany.

Adam Kelly, from Galashiels, was a driver for the 51st Highland division.

Jenny Longden's been to hear a soldier's memories of VE Day 70 years on:

The Veterans Council opens branch in Cumbria

From left: Mark Barrett (Armed Forces Community Engagement Officer), Cllr Gordon Nicolson (Eden District Council Leader), Cllr Malcolm Temple (Armed Forces Champion, Eden District Council) Credit: The Veterans Council

An Armed Forces charity called The Veterans Council now has an office in Cumbria.

The charity provides professional, impartial information to help those who have served or who are serving in the armed forces, and their families, make choices about what support is available to them.

Mark Barrett has been appointed as The Armed Forces Community Engagement Officer for Cumbria and will be based in Penrith.

If you would like to find out more, you can visit The Veterans Council Facebook and Twitter pages.

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