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Cumbria; Three Dads Walking: Trio complete 300-mile walk

Three fathers who lost their daughters to suicide have completed a 300-mile walk to raise funds and awareness. Andy Airey, Mike Palmer and Tim Owen walked between their homes in Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Norfolk. Celebrities including Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig donated, with the fathers raising more than £500,000 for suicide prevention charity Papyrus. The trio, who took …

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Covid: Lockdowns will not help Welsh NHS – ex-health boss

Covid lockdown restrictions should not be brought back to help NHS Wales deal with winter pressures, a former health boss has said. Dr Roland Salmon, former director of communicable diseases for Public Health Wales, said he believed such rules were only “at best marginally” beneficial. He said efforts should be redoubled to vaccinate those most …

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Covid-19: NI facing most difficult winter ever, says Swann

Northern Ireland is “facing into the most difficult winter ever experienced”, Robin Swann has warned. The health minister said there were “unscheduled pressures” facing the health and social care system. Earlier, Naomi Long said she feared relaxing rules on face coverings in nightclubs may cause a “significant” rise in the transmission of Covid-19. The justice …

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Night rescue of walkers on snow-dusted Cairngorms

Mountain rescuers went to the aid of three hillwalkers on the Cairngorms’ Lairig Ghru on Wednesday night. Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team (CMRT) said the group had become “challenged by their long day and deteriorating wintry weather”. Temperatures fell below freezing and fading light and snow hampered the walkers’ navigation through the pass. The 19-mile (30km) Lairig …

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