Super-fit dad with motor neurone disease smashes world record for travelling Thames by pedalo
A super-fit dad who is battling motor neurone disease has smashed the recordfor the fastest time travelling along the Thames by pedalo – the latest in aseries of gruelling physical challenges he is taking on to help slow thedisease’s progression.
Alongside three friends, Alex Gibson, 42, completed the128-mile stretch from Lechlade-on-Thames, Gloucestershire, to Teddington Lock,west London, in just over two days – beating the previous record set by almost48 hours and raising £35,000 for his charity, Challenging MND.
Hundreds of arts venues across the UK have been lit up red in a show ofsolidarity with the ailing creative industries. London landmarks including theTate Modern, Millennium Bridge, Southbank Centre and Waterloo Bridge wereilluminated to symbolise the sector going into “red alert” amid thecoronavirus pandemic. The action, titled Throw Us A Line, also saw workersfrom the creative industries line up along the River Thames’ banks andbridges.
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Uber has joined up with Thames Clippers for the launch of its new service UberBoat. The service, which commences in London on Monday, will allow users topurchase tickets for Thames Clippers boats in advance through the Uber app andthen use QR technology to board. The payment will be processed using Uberaccount details. Passengers will be able to use the service across a fleet of20 boats on the River Thames, with departures from 23 piers across London.
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Supporters of the animal welfare organisation Peta have demonstrated outsideSomerset House in central London, protesting against the killing of animals tomake shoes and bags, at London Fashion Week. It comes as the charity claimsthat conservation experts warn that the trade in exotic skins risks fuellingthe spread of diseases like Covid-19. British brands such as Mulberry,Victoria Beckham, and Vivienne Westwood are all free from exotic skins, whilea few labels, such as Burberry, continue to use them.
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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Colonel-in-Chief, The 1st Battalion, The Rifles, undertakes her first visit to the Battalion at Beachley Barracks in Gloucestershire, following her new appointment. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
The Prince of Wales will not renew his lease on his organic Home Farm,Clarence House has confirmed. Heir to the throne Charles has farmed at the1,000-acre plot near his country home Highgrove in Gloucestershire for 35years.
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Princess Anne has marked her 70th birthday with three portraits. The photos were taken at the Princess Royal's home at Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire. Report by Barnesj. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn