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A man from Somerset got more than he bargained for when he was attacked by a cow during a charity walk to raise money for Weston Hospicecare.

The website This is Somerset reported that the attack, which left Joe Bird unconscious, happened after he had completed 140 miles of the 170-mile walk along the Offa's Dyke national trail. He said: "I was heading towards Monmouth when I entered a field of cows. I was attacked by one of them and was knocked unconscious.

"I spent a night in hospital and have since had 34 stitches to put my left ear back together."

A work team from Cirencester also had an experience to remember in their bid to raise £250,000 for the St James's Place Foundation, which supports charities such as the Teenage Cancer Trust and Help the Hospices.

According to the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, six employees from wealth management company St James's Place joined 11 colleagues from across the UK in the attempt to climb Mont Blanc, western Europe's highest mountain.

Two of the team had to be airlifted off the mountain during the ascent because of adverse weather conditions and the rest made it to the top. Roger Owen, the team leader, said: "It was a brave and challenging endeavour, and something the whole team should be immensely proud of."

The Twins and Multiple Births Association has slammed this year's Big Brother television series for showing twins Sam and Amanda as a unit rather than individuals.

Helen Forbes, director of the charity, told the Response Source website: "Where is the girls' individuality? Are they destined to go through life as a pair? A lot of effort has gone into raising awareness that twins are individuals, and the way these girls are being shown is making some parents feel uneasy."

HE SAID IT

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