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Free travel petition for carers who give up their lives to look after for others

Laura Forsyth, Reporter /

Petition to the Scottish Government

A PAISLEY woman who has been campaigning for free travel for carers is gearing up to submit her petition to the Scottish Government.

Amanda Macdonald cares for her mum, who was diagnosed with early onset dementia when she was 48.

She has received support from Fixers UK, a charity encouraging young people to make positive changes and a Young Adult Carers Forum.

However, the next step for 26-year-old Amanda is almost set to present her petition to the transport minister and McGill’s buses.

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East Coast Truckers take youngsters on a special day out

 With a chorus of honking horns and lots of smiling faces, a convoy of trucks set off from County Hall, in Norwich, for an extra special day out.

The East Coast Truckers set off from County Hall on their charity convoy. Oliver Walsh with his driver Arron Peters.

19:50 28 August 2016

The East Coast Truckers children’s convoy took place today, and saw more than 60 trucks take scores of excited youngsters on a trip from Norwich to Pleasurewood Hills and Great Yarmouth.

They were also joined by members of the emergency services for the 70-vehicle procession which created a great spectacle on the county’s roads.

The East Coast Truckers have become famous for the annual event – now in its 31st year – which aims to give children with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds a day they will never forget.

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Lack of nurses in Norfolk for dementia prompts appeal

The Wymondham Dementia Support Group

Dianne Fernee, organiser of the Wymondham Dementia Support Group, with some of the knitted and crochet forget me knots she is collecting, hoping to get 17,000, one for each person living with dementia in Norfolk. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Wymondham Dementia Support Group has launched an appeal to get together 17,000 knitted and crocheted forget-me-nots, one for every person in Norfolk living with dementia.

The group’s organiser, Dianne Fernee, said the campaign was to highlight the lack of Admiral nurses, who are specialists in dementia.

Mrs Fernee said: “Admiral nurses are a lifeline for people with dementia, but there are only two of them serving 17,000 people, which isn’t nearly enough.

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