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Charity run set to bring a burst of colour to Galashiels

Heriot Watt University’s Galashiels campus will be tranformed into a colourful race route next month in a bid to raise awareness of mental and physical heath.

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From left, teacher Ruth Leckie, Lucy Weir, Doddie Weir, Aimee Weir and teacher Debbie Matthewson.

Stow pupils’ toast stall makes lots of bread for Doddie Weir’s charity

Selling toast has made lots of bread – £300 to be precise – for Borders rugby hero Doddie Weir’s motor neurone disease research charity.

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Doddie Weir with Tartan Giraffe Ball organisers Stewart Bennet, David Baird and Douglas Stephen.

Doddie Weir and pals praised by MPs for having a ball

Borders rugby legend Doddie Weir has been praised in the House of Commons for the courage and resolve he has shown since being diagnosed with motor neurone disease 14 months ago.

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The Borders General Hospital at Melrose.

NHS Borders cancelled one in six ops in December, figures reveal

A health boss has admitted the number of planned operations cancelled by NHS Borders so far this winter is “not where we would want to be”.

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Lennel House in Coldstream.

Borders care assistant struck off for shouting and swearing at home’s elderly residents

A Borders care worker has been struck off the Scottish Social Service Council’s register for shouting abuse at elderly nursing home residents and colleagues.

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Borders MP John Lamont, second from left, with some of the other MPs running the 2018 London Marathon.

Borders MP going on the run in aid of rugby legend’s charity

Borders MP John Lamont is going the distance as a show of support for Scottish rugby hero Doddie Weir.

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Easter Langlee landfill site.

Easter Langlee accident lands worker in hospital

An accident on a Borders landfill site saw one worker left needing hospital treatment last week.

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Corinne Hutton during her fight for life after contracting sepsis '  an illness that kills more people than breast and prostate cancers combined.

Sepsis didn’t claim Corinne’s life – but she lost her hands and legs

When Corinne Hutton’s cough hadn’t cleared after a couple of weeks, she’d had enough, so she went to see her GP.

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Frrom left, Transport Scotland road safety manager Derek Williamson, Scottish Borders Council convener David Parker, NHS Borders chairman John Raine and Amey strategic road safety manager Jim Reid beside the A6091 with plans for the new junction.

Roadworks about to get under way at Borders General Hospital junction

Works aimed at improving road safety near the Borders General Hospital in Melrose will get under way tomorrow, February 5, and will continue until the middle of next month.

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Doddie Weir at a fundraising ball held in aid of his MND research foundation at Kelso last Friday.

Borders rugby legend Doddie hits out at NHS for rejecting bid to be MND drug guinea pig

Borders rugby legend Doddie Weir has told of his anger at being denied a drug he had hoped might keep him alive longer.

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GALLERY: Doddie’s ball raises £250,000 for his charity

Being 6ft 6in tall and weighing in at 17 stone, thinking big comes naturally to rugby legend Doddie Weir, and the former Scottish international can now claim to have inspired what must surely rank among the biggest fundraising events ever staged in the Borders.

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Newtown St Boswells Health Centre in fear of closure. Elaine Thornton-Nicol of SNP outside the Health Centre.

Patients may have to travel to Melrose to see a doctor

Selkirkshire councillor Elaine Thornton-Nicol has expressed her concerns over plans to pull out of Newtown St Boswells’ only medical practice from the end of next year.

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Not enough dog owners are cleaning up after their pets.

SBC: ‘We can’t win war on our own’

Scottish Borders Council has admitted it is unable to win the battle against irresponsible dog owners on its own.

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The Border General Hospital near Melrose in The Scottish Borders. No smoking sign.

More than £4m paid in clinical negligence awards over five years

NHS Borders has paid out more than £4.28m in clinical claims over the past five years – with the “vast majority” of it being a single high payment.

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Borders General Hospital junction with the A6091 (Melrose bypass)

BGH road safety scheme up for discussion in Melrose today

A drop-in session on the forthcoming A6091 Melrose bypass road safety improvement scheme for the Borders General Hospital is taking place today.

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SOS'CHILD NEGLECT PIC  - POSED BY MODEL.''PIC SHOWS A CHILD WHO IS SUFFERING AFTER BEING NEGLECTED BY A PARENT. ''     PHOTO PHIL WILKINSON / TSPL

Aiding recovery from domestic abuse

An innovative multi-agency initiative which helps children, young people and mothers in the Borders who are experiencing difficulties through domestic abuse, is now accepting referrals.

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Mark and Lou Hannigan.

Slimming pair shed pounds to pick up award

A Peebles couple whose life-changing weight loss inspired them to change careers have been rewarded for their work helping others to lose over 450 stone.

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Ross Montague and his wife Moira handing over to Doddie Weir money raised by a parade of tractors through Lauder in November.

Lauder tractor event raises almost £34,000 for Doddie Weir charity

A tractor parade in aid of a research charity launched by Borders rugby legend Doddie Weir last year has raised almost £34,000.

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John Raine, chairman of NHS Borders.

NHS Borders chairman thanks staff for their efforts over Christmas

NHS Borders chairman John Raine has praised his staff for their hard work over the festive period.

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Scottish Ambulance Service vehicle outside the Border General Hospital in The Scottish Borders.

NHS Borders apologises for lengthy waiting times

Some 13 people had to put up with an excruciating wait of over 12 hours for treatment at the Borders General Hospital’s accident and emergency department over the festive period.

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