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Hello, this is Spotlight with Julia Peet and Simon Clemison.

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Welcome to our last full programme of the year.

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From the local pub to a shop nearby - a community comes together to help

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a mother with a rare form of breast cancer.

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It has just given me hope that we can do this and it was great to get

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over to Germany as quickly as we did.

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We meet the 12-year-old boy who spent his pocket

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Celebrating global success - the Devon gin makers

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And at 94 - is Mimi Vallas the oldest gym bunny in town?

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We will begin tonight with a Christmas message.

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"A really massive thank you" - the words tonight of a mother

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from Devon who's been given new hope after people living nearby raised

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money to help her get treatment for a highly unusual type

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Kim Jenkins has already started the private therapy abroad

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which could improve her chances of survival, as our

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Health Correspondent Jenny Walrond explains.

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Kim Jenkin's daughter was just three months old when she learned she had

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It is a rare and aggressive form that can have a high

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And it has come back and spread into her spine and ribs.

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Having run out of options for NHS treatment, they learned

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of pioneering work in Germany which could help, but at

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Friends, family and complete strangers have come to their aid.

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Over two thirds of the money has been raised, enabling Kim

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You kind of have to try and get used to it,

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but you feel overwhelmed a lot, really.

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And obviously walking around the village knowing that everyone

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is trying to help you out is quite overwhelming.

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It has just given me hope, really, that we can do this.

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It was great to get over to Germany as quickly as we did do as well.

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And early signs are that the treatment is working.

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In the heart of the village you can see the support

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the family are getting from the local community.

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It is really important for us to raise money for people

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within the community and Kim has got quite a drastic need,

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so we decided the pub is the perfect place to raise money.

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We have had some magnificent, quite weird donations.

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We have had violins, we have had a lion's head,

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you name it, it has passed through this table and all being

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turned into cash for a very worthwhile and lovely family.

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And while the family still need to raise more,

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they are truly thankful to the people who have

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I would just like to say a really massive thank you to everyone that

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has helped support us and raise money for us and all of the really

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Kim Jenkins ending that report from Jenny Walrond.

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And now a roundup of some of the other stories

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The future of helicopter manufacturing in Somerset

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is being put at risk by a plan to move vital machinery to Poland,

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according to the former Liberal Democrat leader Lord

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His claim comes as aerospace company GKN closes its site

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in the town this month - with the loss of more than 200 jobs.

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A Somerset-based Royal Marine, who contracted a debilitating

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fever in Afghanistan, will have to wait even

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Corporal Philip Eaglesham needs a wheelchair after

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The Ministry of Defence is appealing a High Court decision to grant him

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victory in the case where he claimed more should have been

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Local authorities in the South West are getting ?20 million

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to tackle the problems caused by second home ownership.

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The government says holiday homes stop first time buyers getting

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on the property ladder, but Labour says the money

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Next tonight, the fundraising efforts of a young Devon boy have

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ensured that if anyone in the village of Exbourne

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suffers a heart attack, the right equipment will now

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12-year-old Joel Sawyer saved his pocket money and helped

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raise enough to buy a defibrillator for the community.

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Spotlight's Kirk England has been to meet him.

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All you have to do is press the red button.

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Take it out, and this can now help to save someone's life.

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I wanted to do this, because I thought, well,

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lots of villages round here have one and why hasn't Exbourne got one.

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There are lots of elderly people who may need this.

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There have been heart attacks here in the past

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and a defibrillator could have helped to save those lives.

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He is an amazing, amazing young person and he is just so thoughtful.

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He is really committed to making this happen.

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We now need to put the pads on the patient's chest.

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Some tips from those on the front line.

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Joel raised hundreds of pounds towards the cost

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of this defibrillator, which can make all the difference

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to those having a cardiac arrest by giving an electric shock

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It makes me proud that a lad that age will be that selfless and look

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Teenagers and young people get an awful hard time in the press,

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and to have something so positive come out of somebody that young

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So, Joel, on behalf of of the South West Ambulance Service,

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Age is but a number, and this year on Spotlight some

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of our viewers have been proving just that - showing you're never

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So here's a quick reminder of our generation rewriting the rule book.

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There was 97-year-old Joan Cool - who really was cool when it

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And what about this young jobseeker Joe Bartley -

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89 and looking for work, otherwise he said

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And who says you can't jump out of a plane at 100?

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Then there was cafe crooner Arthur Guy -

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they're wearing me out, this lot - he was in his 80s,

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and now the latest OAP or Older Active Person

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is 94-year-old gym bunny Mimi Vallas.

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Spotlight's Andrea Ormsby has been trying to keep up with her.

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Mimi Vallas is the very definition of a gym bunny.

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This 94-year-old is on a flab fighting mission.

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Don't ask me how long I've been trying to lose it!

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Mimi pushes through the pain threshold with laughter and a lot of

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WAAFs are now being trained in the handling of the

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During World War II, Mimi was in the woman's Royal

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Air Force working on the barrage balloons.

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Thousands of them dotted British skies to reduce attacks from

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From there she went on deciphering codes

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Mimi was born into a family of 11 children in South Wales

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Plenty of water here, though, although Mimi does like to

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balance her health drive with her other favourite drink.

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I've asked her to put a gin and tonic in there,

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She makes everybody smile around her.

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She has an absolute huge zest for life and at

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the age of 94, there is nothing that

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She will tell you off if you are doing it wrong, if I

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am putting my toes down before my heels, she nags, really, but she

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For Mimi one of the best things about coming here is

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We had one chap coming in, didn't we, Michael, who

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dropped to one knee and proposed to her and he promised you a wedding

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We haven't seen him for a while, so I'm

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It's her attitude to life, absolutely brilliant.

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Mind you, it does help, you know, that she is Welsh,

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And she has been in the services, so she is self disciplined, she knows

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At 94, I think she is a really good inspiration to

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Do you find it hard to keep up with Mimi?

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Right, enough relaxing, back to work, Mimi.

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Mimi is 95 in February, and with her mix of gym and gin,

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she will still be going strong at 100.

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Mimi is going to love this next story.

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Well, as we approach Christmas the South West drinks cabinet

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is looking very healthy - we're good at producing some

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of the tipples people will be enjoying over the next week or so.

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Plymouth is now a globally recognised brand, but other

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smaller producers are also making international headway.

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They include Salcombe Gin which has just won gold

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at the World Drinks Awards as Simon was lucky enough to find out.

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On the last working day Germany before Christmas the office as do if

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you would like to do a story about gin. The answer to that is yes. But

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the industrial revolution but the upper levels of today's mills. Here

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they are taking delivery of a store which means these distillers can

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produce five times as much as gin. They are extending already. There

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are three of you in this relationship. Is this your new love?

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It is. You have already grown? We have grown quickly. We launched

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Salcombe Gin in this sea. Sellers are going well. There is a growing

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thirst for gin. Total sales across the country have had ?1 billion.

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There are some big players. Salcombe is a small but upmarket. There are

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botanicals in our gin. We use citrus fruits, ruby red grapefruit. We will

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be peeling mess of freshly every morning to go into the distilled. So

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it is a higher quality product and people will pay blood? People will

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pay because it is a really good quality product -- what is needed

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now, I think is a drink. The moment we have been waiting for. I am going

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to make you a movie to with marmalade on it. Why is the

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Southwest so good at making gin? We have got the perfect water because

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it is soft. Also for brewing. Just putting a bit of Salcombe Gin in

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there. Does having something like Salcombe Gin help success breeds

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success, you feel confident? It is a big player, a multinational owner

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and it allows people to start to grow and, with their own

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distilleries and gin recipes. Fantastic. There we go, a straw to

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finish it off. Enjoy. I will, probably too much. That is very nice

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actually. I do have to go back to work boat. See you in a bit, go on,

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go. Still to come in

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tonight's programme... Join me for corals and horses at

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Bigley barracks. -- carols. And a blustery Christmas I had. Quite mild

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but next week at a somewhat colder. Now the last of our

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Santa Steam Train series. Given the time of year we've been

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taking some special journeys on the railway and tonight we travel

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between Paignton and Kingswear. On the Spotlight Express we meet two

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young passengers whose lives are affected by illness this

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Christmas. Our reporter John Danks

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followed their trip Welcome aboard the spotlight express

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on the Dartmouth steam railway. As the train steams on towards

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Kingswinford Dartmouth the excitement is on board is building.

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One passenger trying to take it all then is four-year-old Flynn who is

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here with his grandparents. Flynn's is with us today because his big

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sister has been rushed to Children's Hospital. She is being treated for

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cancer at the moment and has been fighting for 15 months. Her third

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session of chemotherapy so she is away for three months now. Doing

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events and trips like this with the little one is very special to him

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because he misses his sister and his mum. And soon it is time to meet

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Santa himself. I like your jumper! I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

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Thank you very much. Flynn's trip was paid for by the Torbay holiday

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helpers network, a charity that specialises in days out for families

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with seriously ill children. I wish you a very Merry Christmas. Also

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getting into the festive spirit is four-year-old Harry from Newton

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Abbot. Is ticket provided by a cancer charity. He has been

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undergoing treatment for leukaemia since April. It is one of those

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little things, it is very small and it means so much to them. He has

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been so excited. Because Father Christmas is here so it is brilliant

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really. Magic of it. And Flynn already knows what he wants for

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Christmas. To play with Allah. -- for to play with Ella. It looks

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like these two have headed off. In the run up to the big day we've

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seen families reunited as servicemen and women return from tours of duty

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- others of course won't be home We'll hear their Christmas

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message in a moment. But first military families have

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gathered to sing carols at the home Johnny Rutherford is

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at Bickleigh Barracks. A carol service with a bit of a

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difference, isn't it? Actually we are at Bickleigh Barracks but have a

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look around, this is in fact the stables at Bickleigh Barracks. Where

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22 horses although they are not quite military forces but I will

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explain that in a second are here at Bickleigh Barracks. Earlier on I had

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a look around the stables. The stable club was founded in 1961 but

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the horses aren't actually military working horses, no Trooping the

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Colour here. Some are owned by military personnel and some by

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Republic. Cathy Gillespie runs the stables. Who are the stables

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actually for? They are here for families and their children and not

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just the military but also be public as well so anybody can come up and

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have riding lessons and see the work that we do, our primary purpose is

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to provide riding lessons and horse care for military families. Would

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you like to have a look around? That would be great. Let me put Bob to

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bed and there will be right with you. This is thin. Hello. He is

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still a baby. Here we have grace. Hello. She is wondering what is

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going on. She is gorgeous. And then we come to my favourite because he

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is my horse. This is labour. The stables here, we work very closely

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with soldiers who have PTSD and problems like that so we are doing

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therapy with them. We're going to be extending that into 2017. Quite a

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big thing because back in May the stables were close to closing and

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within two weeks, and now all good to go. 2017 is definitely for you to

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be our year. Something special going on? I am not going to say, watch

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this space, but there is going to be something very special happening

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over 2017. The commander of 42 commando is here. What does this

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mean having the stables here? It is wonderful, it brings great warmth

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and character to the unit. We are having the carol service this

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evening not just to get into the Christmas spirit to remember all the

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people at 42 Commando deployed at the moment. Members in the Middle

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East but also people in the Naval service and wider Armed Forces

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working for Christmas and means we can figure them. There are some

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families here this evening? Yes, the stables live with us here at

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Bickleigh Barracks but they work with servicepeople from all over the

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Naval service and give a lots of the community so we are bringing in the

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family is deceiving to say thank you. It is always a difficult time,

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to be away from families. Yes, as I said we have people away and it

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gives us a moment to think of them. The stables are all about a

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community and family spirit and there is no better time than

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Christmas to have that. Hopefully we will hear some music later on.

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As we mentioned - many military families won't be

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together this year - spending the festive

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The men and women on board HMS Ocean which is currently out in the Gulf

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have sung their Christmas wishes ? well, almost.

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# Were going to have a party tonight.

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# Snow is falling, all around me, children playing, having fun.

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# The season, love and understanding, Merry Christmas,

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everyone. And you can see the full video

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on our Facebook page. Well, the big day really is almost

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upon us now and here at Spotlight we're big fans of Christmas,

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so our Christmas celebrations Here is a reminder. It is nearly

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over, this stupid money spending bracket we call Christmas. The

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pantries are stuffed with charities, cakes and puddings. Sellers are

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dripping with... Sorry, I have forgotten it. Can we start again?

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What a fantastic site. And Santa Claus has got 31 hours. How much do

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you get paid? I think that is a personal matter, isn't it? Would you

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do it for nothing? I would if they wanted me to.

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I looked across the field. I thought I saw a rabbit, spiced the rain

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gear. When we came close it was a baby reindeer! 531 hours and that

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gives us the speed which is 6 million mph.

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Looking at the plumpness of the breast. Do you agree? Yes.

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The knowing nod. I think someone is following you around. I will miss

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him after Christmas. It feels like Christmas eve, but that is not so

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plenty of time to start the shopping! I would think about what

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It looks like we will have a relatively quiet Christmas. There

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will be some wind. Quite a strong wind. It is easing off a bit

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tonight. It will return tomorrow. Generally it is mild and we will see

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some showers dotted around. Compared to other parts of the country we are

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doing quite well. That book of cloud to the north-east is one area of low

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pressure. That is leaving Canada. Tracking across the Atlantic and it

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has been given a name and it looks like that will head towards the

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centre of Bavaria. Heading towards the far north of Scotland. For much

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of Christmas Eve for tomorrow looks like it will be dry. A few showers

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dotted around. That turns up through Christmas Day. The weather front

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will arrive late in the day for us on Christmas day afternoon into

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Christmas Day evening. Let's have a look at the rain we saw earlier

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today because that is now clearing away from Dorset and the east of

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Somerset and what we are left with is more broken cloud over to the

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West. This was earlier today where is there was some pretty big waves.

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Strong gusts of wind earlier today have whipped up the seas. Not too

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bad for people other than the bug with the breeze nowhere near as

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strong across the northern half of Britain. 40 or 50 mph. Those winds

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have eased and I think for tomorrow it won't be nearly as windy and

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actually quite a bit brighter too. This evening and overnight tonight

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the first line of showers clears away and we are left with clear

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skies. Just a few showers dotted around. In between some lengthily

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clear skies which will it turns quite cold. Overnight temperatures

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could well be as low as three or four Celsius. I don't think we will

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see a frost but it will be a cold start. We should get some morning

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sunshine before the cloud thickens and later in the day we will start

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to see thicker cloud approach from the far west but most of the day

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brightened dry. The chance for a few showers. Otherwise a dry story and

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not as windy is today. Temperatures getting up to an around ten or 11.

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For the Isles of Scilly bright and breezy then cloudy in the afternoon.

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For other surfers the waves are going to be big. Very messed up

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because of the wind. Ten feet along the northern shores of Cornwall. The

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winds for the coastal waters are westerly. Forced 5-6. Mainly fair

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with generally good visibility. Here is the Christmas Day broadcast. A

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lot of cloud and also quite windy. Not strong to start with but picked

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up and in the afternoon on the coastline we will have gale force

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winds. Through boxing day and the early part of next week it is much

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quieter but also quite a bit colder. The only white stuff we are likely

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to see is a bit of frost from early next week. From all of us have a

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lovely Christmas, back to you. Well, that's our last full

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programme before Christmas - we will, of course, keep you up

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to date in our bulletins We'll leave you tonight

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with the sound of members From Arsenal, a very happy

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Christmas. -- we leave you with Rudolph, the

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red nose reindeer.

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