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  1. Carer now runs centre that offered her support

    Danielle Hunt

    BBC Radio Leicester

    There are more than 100,000 family carers in Leicestershire and Babs Marson is one of them.

    When her daughter, now 19, was born with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) she found the support of the Carer's Centre in Leicester invaluable in coping with the diagnosis and adjusting to life as a carer.

    Babs Marson
    Quote Message: Carers are not special people. We are just ordinary people with a special job." from Babs Marson Leicester Carer's Centre
    Babs MarsonLeicester Carer's Centre

    These days Babs runs the centre as well as still caring full time for her daughter.

    She organises social events but also fundraisers to keep the service going so that she can continue to give the same support she received to other people who find themselves caring for a loved one.

  2. Local artist hoping to be crowned champion

    Sophie Cook

    BBC Radio Leicester producer

    Anil Patel

    Anil Patel from Oadby, Leicestershire is on the second series of the BBC's The Big Painting Challenge which sees 10 amateur artists battle it out and undertake an intensive, six-week, artistic boot camp in a bid to perfect their skills and be crowned the overall champion.

    Graphic designer Anil has been artistic since childhood – he can even recall drawing all over the walls of his family home as a child! A passionate athlete and football fan, he has previously won a competition with his favourite football club, Leicester City FC, to design a feature mural which is can be seen on the concourse at the club.

  3. BreakingIborra out 'until the end of the season'

    Owynn Palmer-Atkin

    BBC Radio Leicester Sport

    Leicester City midfielder, Vicente Iborra will miss the rest of the season due to the hamstring injury that he picked up against Newcastle United last week.

    Vicente Iborra
    Quote Message: We are unlucky with our midfield at the moment. I have confidence in Silva and Choudhury. It’s a good opportunity for him to have game time and opportunities with the first team. He will play” from Claude Puel Leicester City Manager
    Claude PuelLeicester City Manager
  4. Boxing trainer hooked on Commonwealth success

    Helen McCarthy

    BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

    It’s going to be like ‘Rocky IV’ says Jamil Adil referring to Paige Murney’s boxing final against the Australian favourite Anja Stridsman at 0315 tomorrow.

    Jamil trained alongside Commonwealth boxer Paige Murney at Unity Boxing Club in Beaumont Leys since she walked through the doors aged 15 and says she’s an inspiration to other kids on the estate.

    Rock IV, one man's dream to be the best boxer in the world, is one of the highest grossing sports movies of all time.

    Jamil looks at a banner wishing Paige good luck
  5. National Samosa Week to become annual event

    Hayden Pott

    BBC Radio Leicester Producer

    The Leicester founder of National Samosa Week, Romail Gulzar, has revealed that the week long celebration will be a permanent annual event.

    Samosas have been made and celebrated aross the country and all around the world this week to recognise the Asain savoury snack.

    Romail, who also launched the Leicester Curry Awards two years ago, says it'll be back next year too.

    Quote Message: I have no doubt that this will go on for many years to come" from Romail Gulzar Founder of National Samosa Week
    Romail GulzarFounder of National Samosa Week
  6. Small wheel drive: Cycle pilgrimage on mini bike

    Jonathan Lampon

    BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

    Ancient pilgrim routes which took the devout across Europe are to be tackled by a man from Leicester on a tiny bike.

    Eric Ludlow, founder member of the Leicester Cycling Campaign Group, will ride along the Roman Way on a journey from Canterbury to Rome.

    Eric is raising money for Leicester Wheels for All which helps people take up cycling regardless of their age or ability.

    Eric with his bike
  7. Paige Murney on course for Commonwealth Gold

    Leicester boxer Paige Murney won a tough split decision over Nigeria's Yetunde Odunuga to reach the final of the women's lightweight competition on the Gold Coast.

    It means the 23-year old is guaranteed a silver medal.

    She'll fight for gold tomorrow.

    Quote Message: I’m going to do this for all the other kids on the estate in Leicester” from Paige Murney
    Paige Murney
  8. Loughborough experts looking for dust in the Arctic

    Christian Hill

    BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

    Four researchers from Loughborough University are flying to Greenland to set up a series of dust traps.

    The team wants to measure the impact of dust on Arctic ecosystems.

    They'll fly to Kangerlussuaq and live in a nearby research station for a fortnight while they install the traps.

    One of the current dust traps installed in Greenland

    Some of the dust has been trapped in the ice for centuries, but has recently been released by the melting west Greenland ice sheet.

    Project leader Professor Joanna Bullard said: "The aim is to learn just how much dust there is, what it’s made of and where it gets deposited.

    “There is now considerable evidence that dust stimulates microbiological activity on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet."

  9. Speedway: Lions hopeful of completing first meeting

    Owynn Palmer-Atkin

    BBC Radio Leicester Sport

    Leicester Lions are hopeful of completing their first full meeting of the season tonight, when they travel to face Swindon.

    Despite the season starting three weeks ago, the Lions still haven't been able to finish a fixtures.

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    The first two meetings were postponed due to the weather, and last nigh'ts race with Rye House was abandoned after eight heats because of the poor conditions.

    The Lions will be at full strength with the inclusion of Michael Palm Toft for their trip to Swindon tonight. The first heat starts at 19:30.

  10. 'Ploggers' take to the streets of Leicestershire

    Hayden Pott

    BBC Radio Leicester Producer

    One of the first plogging events in Leicestershire this week was a "huge success". Plogging, which is popular in Scandinavia, is the term for picking up litter whilst jogging.

    Chemistry lecturer Nicola Jennings from Loughborough University organised the event around the town after taking part in previous events in Staffordshire. During the two mile run, the group collected four bags of rubbish.

    Plogger picking up litter
    Quote Message: It's suitable for any pace and ability. It makes you feel good." from Nicola Jennings Plogger
    Nicola JenningsPlogger
    The rubbish collected whilst plogging

    Following on from her first plog, Nicola is hoping to set up further events across the county in May, when she hopes the weather will be better.

  11. Oakham cardiac arrest survivor hopes to set world record

    Andy Trigg

    BBC Radio Leicester reporter

    A woman from Oakham is hoping to enter the Guinness World Records this summer by being part of the largest gathering of cardiac arrest survivors.

    Ingrid Gradner suffered a cardiac arrest 18 months ago at the age of 41 when she collapsed in the street.

    She was saved by a passer-by who gave her CPR.

    The trauma left Ingrid with depression.

    A Guinness World Record attempt is being held in Essex in June. Ingrid hopes she'll inspire others from Leicestershire and Rutland to join her.

    Ingrid Gardner
  12. New book features Leicestershire and Rutland prison farms

    Jonathan Lampon

    BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

    Author Hannah Wright has released a book about her experiences growing up and living on a prison farm.

    Twenty years ago the prison service was the third largest farming operation in the country.

    In her book, Outside Time, Hannah reveals how inmates grew and ate healthy produce, tended to livestock and crops and gained valuable social and professional skills.

    There were prison farms in Leicestershire and Rutland. Ashwell prison had pigs, cattle, cereals, potatoes, vegetables, glasshouses and forestry.

    In Leicestershire, Gartree had beef cattle and Glen Parva a large market garden.

    Author Hannah Wright
  13. Leicester boxer seeks gold at Commonwealth games

    Matt Smith

    BBC Radio Leicester Breakfast Show producer

    Despite already being guaranteed a bronze medal at the Commonwealth games, Paige Murney says she is confident she can go on to win gold.

    The boxer from Beaumont Leys will compete in the semi-finals of the 60kg category tomorrow.

    Paige Murney on the Gold Coast
  14. New history of Leicestershire hall published

    Bridget Blair

    BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

    A new book about Beaumanor Hall has been published this week, throwing light on the years there between 1915-1939.

    The author, Caroline Wessell, focuses on the effect World War One had on the hall's owner, William Curzon Herrick and those living and working on the estate. In the 1920s and 30s the hall was the scene of lavish house parties attended by film stars such as David Niven, politicians and members of the aristocracy.

    Author, Caroline Wessell

    Caroline says the book was inspired by a collection of letters found between the owner of the hall and his chauffeur, Sam Preston.

  15. Live theatre in sari shop

    Jo Hayward

    BBC Radio Leicester Presenter

    A theatre production all about the sari is being performed at a unique venue in Leicester.

    Handlooms, which tells the story of the sari from a male perspective, is being shown at Anokhi House of Sarees, on Belgrave Road.

    Actors from the play
  16. Charnwood man's fight to overcome Parkinson's disease

    Christian Hill

    BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

    A former head teacher from Thurcaston who suffers from Parkinson's Disease has pledged to run in the Leicester Marathon.

    John Hemingway has been living with the condition for 12 years.

    In October he completed the Leicester Half Marathon with his son-in-law Jon in under 2 hours.

    John Hemingway with his son-in-law Jon at the Leicester Half Marathon

    "I did a lot of road-running when I was younger," said John. "I was determined that I was going to come back to running again, particularly as the specialists told me I never would. That's a red-rag to a bull as far as I'm concerned.

    "It's not just about medication, it's not just about diet, it's not just about exercise, it's not just about positive thinking. It's about the whole lot rolled up together."

  17. Hinckley chorister to record album before voice breaks

    Jack Rafferty

    BBC Radio Leicester

    A choir boy from Hinckley is looking to record an album with a professional orchestra before his voice gets too deep.

    Sebastian Carrington, who has appeared on The Voice Kids, says some of his friends have come back after summer holidays sounding totally different.

    The 12-year-old's dream is to perform with a professional orchestra and record a series of songs as a solo album before his voice changes.

    His parents are now considering crowd-funding the project before it is too late.

    Chorister Sebastian Carrington
    Quote Message: He has just turned 12, the age at which traditionally a boy treble's voice is at its best. He's hoping that he'll have at least a year or two before his voice becomes deeper." from Denise Carrington Sebastian's mum
    Denise CarringtonSebastian's mum
  18. Leicestershire teacher a Commonwealth hero

    Helen McCarthy

    BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

    A teacher from Leicestershire is inspiring his students from the other side of the world.

    Kevin Seaward works full time as a PE teacher and assistant head at Martin High School in Anstey but this weekend will compete in the men’s marathon at the Commonwealth Games.

    Kevin stands with a giant surf board advertising the games on the Australian Gold Coast

    Kevin regularly runs 15 miles before work and 10 miles after. He will be back in the classroom in Anstey two days after Sunday’s marathon competition in Australia.

  19. Appeal: 'Sponsor a slate' to save a Victorian gem

    Helen McCarthy

    BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

    Architectural plans and mementos from the Leicester architect, Joseph Goddard, are on display at the former Leicestershire Banking building on Granby Street in Leicester to publicise a £500,000 fund to repair its leaky roof.

    Historic England says the building won't survive another winter without being repaired. It's Grade II* listed and the finest example of Goddard's use of gothic style.

    One of Goddard's architectural drawings

    ISKON Leicester owns the building and is fundraising to restore the Victorian roof which includes glass skylights.

    The group, Friends of Goddard, hopes to raise £100,000 and is asking the public to pay £10 to "sponsor a slate".

  20. Rent rise may force Leicestershire pre-school to close

    Alex Blakemore

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leicester

    A couple who've been running a pre-school in Mountsorrel for 15 years could be forced to close after Mountsorrel Parish Council issued them with an eviction notice.

    Elaine and John Bird run St Peter's pre-school at the new Memorial Centre in Mountsorrel and, along with parents who use the service, were shocked to be given 12 weeks to leave because the council isn't making enough money from their rent.

    A picture of St Peter's pre-school

    A cricket pavilion in the town has been offered as a replacement - a space they previously occupied whilst the Memorial Centre was being built - but the couple say it's not up to scratch.

    Parents have started campaigning as they fight to keep the pre-school open. One parent said: "Without us being here there's nowhere for children to go, this is the space that the children need, this is the space they were promised."