Prince's Trust aid veterans

Teenagers joined forces with veterans to uncover the hidden graves of First World War soldiers

altwho are remembered in Bacup Cemetery.

Catherine Smyth has a contract with Rossendale-based charity Veterans In Communities and wrote a news story about the work and also provided a photograph.

The young people found nearly 50 graves that had been lost in the cemetery over the years.

A news story was published as a page lead in the Rossendale Free Press and the Lancashire Telegraph.



Apologies for not updating this sooner - no excuses except to say that June is always my busiest time of the year.

Since my last update I was delighted to work with BBC Radio Lancashire to report live the local election results for Rossendale Council and lined up three live interviews with Conservative MP Jake Berry, Council leader Alyson Barnes, who successfully defended her seat, and UKIP's local chairman Michael Pickup as even though the party didn't win a seat locally they made serious inroads and came second in three of the seats.

I have produced two more School News in a Day projects. Firstly I was working at St Mary's in Burnley where I helped a small group to produce Stars of St Mary's and then I was at St Anne's in Edgeside for the first time where I produced St Anne's Press.

The termly paper I produce for St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Bacup is also finished. The 16-page A4 paper is written by a team from Year 4 and 5 who attend an after school club that I run.

I have written a couple of freelance news articles for the Big Issue In The North - firstly on an exciting project in Rossendale to turn empty homes into rented accommodation for single homeless young people and the second about a Health Visitor who has taken a sabbatical and is in Uganda growing her charity TUSC - Transporting Uganda's Sick Children.

Haslingden High has not been out of the news with a story about a student whose poster for a Disney movie was used by a cinema to promote Maleficent making a page lead in the Lancashire Telegraph, a poignant trip to the First World War battlefields, another to Calais and a specially written drama to promote internet safety to primary school children. As well as appearing in print, all stories are on the school website.

Fearns has also been busy. Firstly I spent a week in school producing Fearns Chat - a 16 page A4 newspaper. The paper is written, designed and created in just a week in time for the school's new parents' evening. The school has also had positive news stories about a careers' day, work experience where two pupils were offered jobs, a reward trip to Soccer Aid and community work undertaken by pupils in Stacksteads. As well as appearing in print, all stories are on the school website.

A further 10 stories have been written for Pleckgate High School in Blackburn. As well as appearing in print, all stories are on the school website.

Veterans In Communities (VIC) is going from strength to strength and my job is to keep the charity in the press regularly - a story about worker Suzanne Preston completing a charity walk made a full page in the Lancashire Telegraph as well as stories on the War Graves 100 project. I also produce the charity's monthly newsletter. This month I have arranged for BBC Radio Lancashire to broadcast live from the newly opened VIC Centre in Haslingden.

I successfully secured publicity for the second of the Dansworks' stories on two street dancers in a national competition and another for Winter Solicitors in Bacup where Ruth Winter has now taken on an apprentice.

I told you June was to be my busiest month!