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Rugby player's legacy helps seaside town buy life-saving equipment

The family of a rugby player who died suddenly during training have donated life saving equipment to the seaside town she loved to visit.

Lily Partridge collapsed after sustaining an injury in a training match - she was flown to hospital but died.

Lily's family and friends unveil the defibrillator on what would have been her 23rd birthday Credit: Irving of Exeter

Since her death her family have donated more than £20,000 raised in her memory to various local charities.

And, after discovering that Beer, in east Devon, wanted to buy a defibrillator by the slipway at the bottom of the fishing popular village and holiday spot, they offered to help.

Lily's parents Jeff and Liz gave the parish council the funds to install the defibrillator on what would have been Lily's 23rd birthday.

The family continue to raise funds in Lily's name to help good causes

Teenager rescued after being cut off by the tide

Fire crews have helped save a teenager who got stuck on the rocks at Beer in Devon.

Emergency services were called out at 6.20pm last night, Sunday 8 May, and found the boy had been cut off by the rising tide.

Firefighters assisted the coastguard in the rescue and the boy was eventually taken to safety by the RNLI's Lyme Regis lifeboat.


The growing popularity of Cornish beer

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Budget reaction: beer duty

The Chancellor's announcement of a reduction in beer duty is being welcomed by some pub owners

Obviously the brewing industry is delighted to see a reduction of 1p per pint in beer duty. This is good news for the counties publicans and brewers. The freezing of duty on Cider and whiskey will also help the regions cider farms and pubs."

– Louise Treseder, landlady for the Driftwood Spars in St Agnes

Air Ambulance welcome VAT relief on fuel

Cornwall Air Ambulance is welcoming the Chancellor's plans to relieve VAT on fuel for Air Ambulances.

Today's announcement is very positive news for us should we choose to buy our fuel direct in the future, and for many of our Air Ambulance colleagues throughout the UK who currently buy their fuel in this way, and have therefore been subject to VAT.

Cornwall Air Ambulance has been a strong supporter of the campaign to relieve VAT on fuel for many years through our collaboration with other Air Ambulances through our national body, the Association of Air Ambulances.

We look forward to continuing to work with MPs - on both a local and national level - to seek further pledges and assurances in the future to help ensure we can provide the best possible service to our patients at the best possible value for our donors.

– Paula Martin, Chief Executive of Cornwall Air Ambulance
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