News in Brief

Walking to Newcastle for a good cause

JOEL Schwarzer and two friends are walking from Whitehaven Newcastle RVI Hospital to raise money for charity.

The 140-mile walk follows a charity boxing event Joel took part in which raised £1,200 for Tiny Lives charity.

Joel said: “After the event I decided I didn’t want to stop there, so myself and two others have taken on the challenge of a walk from Whitehaven to Newcastle RVI, camping out and living on rationed supplies along the way, leaving our young families behind for a four day trip on foot. We have managed to get a couple of local businesses on our side already, but we want to share our story.

“We are taking on the walk on April 22, each raising money for three different charities. Myself – Tiny Lives, Karl Thinnesen – ASA soldier’s Journey and Stephen Rush – Epilepsy UK. So three amazing charities. We are trying to spread the word as much as possible to tell our story.”.

Tiny Lives is a charitable trust that helps to care for more than 800 premature and sick newborn babies and their families each year. It supports the Newcastle Neonatal Service at Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary that cares for babies from across the North East and Cumbria.

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Singing support for dementia sufferers

DEMENTIA Support Worker Kizzy Livermore has arranged Singing for the Brain sessions from 10.30 – 12 on Wednesday mornings at St Mary & St Michael’s Church, Egremont.

Just pop along or contact Kizzy on 01900 607280.

Florence Open Day

FLORENCE Arts Centre, based at Florence Mine near Egremont, is holding an open day on Bank Holiday Monday (May 2). You will be able to find out more about the events and workshops held at the arts centre, and meet the people behind Florence.

See for opening times.