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Blue Peter star Helen Skelton is Cumbria health conference speaker

Television presenter Helen Skelton will be the guest speaker at the Cumbria Partnership’s annual meeting in Carlisle next month.

Helen Skelton photo
Helen Skelton

The bubbly Blue Peter star loves a challenge, with previous feats including canoeing the Amazon, running the 78-mile desert Ultra Marathon in Namibia and completing a high-wire stunt 217ft above Battersea Power Station.

Now based in Manchester, Helen, from Kirkby Thore, will return to her home county for the health conference on October 5. She will talk about how growing up in Cumbria has influenced her active lifestyle and daredevil nature.

The event, at Carlisle Racecourse, is the annual members meeting of the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which now runs community and mental health services countywide.

It provides an opportunity for members the trust to find out about future plans and quiz bosses about local health issues.

Speakers in previous years have included Olympic gold medal winning athlete Sally Gunnell and former England footballer Neil Ruddock.

The theme of this year’s event is building healthier communities.

It will focus on how to improve health in local neighbourhoods using resources available on our doorstep – such as walking in one of the many beautiful parts of Cumbria.

Helen is a shining example of a Cumbrian who has made the most of the local landscape and gone on to achieve great things – including breaking two Guinness World Records and raised many thousands of pounds for charity.

As well as hearing from Helen, those attending the conference will also be able to see a range of interactive displays and stands about the health services provided by the Cumbria Partnership and partner organisations such as Cumbria County Council.

They can also participate in one of five workshops, giving them a say in key local health issues:

1. Looking at the proposed partnership with Newcastle – a chance to find out more about our joint proposal to deliver take over north Cumbria’s hospitals.

2. The future of Cumbria’s community hospitals – find out more about modernisation plans.

3. The future of older people’s services – find out how local services are responding to rises in dementia cases.

4. Self-managing diabetes – how services are changing and developing to meet increasing demands.

5. Walking to a healthier lifestyle – for those who don’t want a formal workshop a walking leader will give a tour around the racecourse.

Only members of the partnership are eligible to attend, but you can join prior to the event.

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