Good morning, you’re listening to Winchester Newsbeat at 11 o’clock. I’m Hannah Keegan, here with a short news update.
A debate held in Winchester yesterday voted in support of legalising assisted suicide for the terminally ill.
Around 150 people attended the debate, which was lead by a panel of experts and chaired by broadcaster Debbie Thrower.
The vote was backed by the majority, with 66 per cent in favour, 28 per cent against and 6 per cent abstaining. Many members of the public are still unconvinced it should be legalised.
A Winchester schoolgirl is taking a seat in the UK Youth Parliament to represent Winchester and Eastleigh.
Felicity Stonehill, aged 15 from The Westgate School in Winchester will join other young people from schools, colleges and youth centres across Hampshire in voting in the November local elections.
Hampshire Youth Council representatives will work with each new member of the Youth Parliament for a year to ask young people about current issues that affect them.
Martin Tod, Liberal Democrat potential MP for Winchester praised the Youth Parliament for its work.
Young people living in and around Winchester will soon have access to a new youth café, as the campaign to raise an additional £150,000 for the build nears its halfway mark.
Winchester YMCA are in charge of constructing the new social outlet in the 13th century undercroft of St John’s House.
The YMCA have so far raised £45,000 from public donations and a further £20,000 grant was agreed by the city council at their last budget meeting. Another £85,000 is still needed to begin the build.
Simon Dodd, YMCA Youth Programme manager said support has been positive.
If successful, the café is set to be open in September of this year.
And finally, residents, groups and businesses are participating in a charity event to help raise money for homeless charities in Winchester.
Everyone is invited to join ‘Winchester Walk for the Homeless,’ on Sunday 9th May in an effort to raise £50,000.
Walkers can chose a walking distance to suit them, from a 12-mile trek to a 1.5-mile family friendly pace. The proceedings will be directly donated to the homeless charities.
Michele Price from Winchester Church’s Nightshelter said awareness still needs to be raised on the issue.
You can register online now for the walk at www.winchesterwalk.co.uk.
That’s all for now, further news updates at midday.