Off the wall photography plan

Actress Stacey Clegg has had a dream for many years to celebrate her brother's short life by creating photographs to depict Michael Jackson songs.

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The story was an unusual one given the tragic circumstances of her brother's death following a road accident when both Stacey and her brother Gavin were young children.

Having a dream is one thing, making it a reality another. At 30 and a mother of two, Stacey realised she was in the right place and asked for my help to get her story out there.

Within a few hours Stacey's story was on the Valley at Work website, three days later it was printed in the Rochdale Observer and was also used by the Rossendale Free Press.

In Stacey's words...I can't believe it! All those months I've been talking about it and one lady has started my journey.

I was happy to help.

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OTHER NEWS

To say I have hit the ground running in January 2015 is an understatement. I have a new contract with JJO - the leading kitchen and bathroom supplier based in Rossendale and the first news story for joint managing director Stephen Greenhalgh was printed in the Rossendale Free Press and online on the Lancashire Telegraph East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce site.

I have completed a job for a new client Stacey Clegg, another new client Bacup Nursery School where two articles were commissioned, the first on the chair of governors retiring and the second on the school's outstanding Ofsted. Both made the press. I have been commissioned to work for a further two new clients in the next few weeks.

This year, several of my news stories have also been covered by BBC Radio Lancashire and before Christmas a live broadcast was carried out at Haslingden High School to promote the Care to Cook after school club. A live broadcast was held at Bacup Nat to promote the museum and new exhibit and also this month they covered the M3 Project in Rossendale, where I produce a newsletter and stories. A news story for M3 Project was used across the area to encourage more sponsors to donate to the project. Click here for the story in the Lancashire Telegraph.

I produced a School News in a Day project for Sharneyford Primary School - Sharney Moor - which was sold in the school.

At Haslingden High School the school made the press for the production of Chicago, collecting hampers for those in need, a horse rider's amazing endurance riding, another student who is succeeding at lacrosse, the school's links with China and students relocating from the tiny island of Alderney.

Fearns kept me busy with the latest Ofsted monitoring report, a maths festival, old boy turned Dragon Piers Linney featuring in Who's Who, a trip to high-tech company Rolls-Royce and a primary school athletics competition.

Veterans In Communities had their December newsletter written and published and January's is currently being finalised. Veteran Steve's trip back to The Falklands made the Lancashire Telegraph, Rossendale Free Press, the Bury Times, Rochdale Online and Heywood Advertiser.

Regular client Dansworks employed me to promote the four new dance teachers they have taken on - it is certainly a positive start for the new year and the story made a full page in the Lancashire Telegraph and in the Rossendale Free Press.

And on a personal note I joined a team from Stacksteads who challenged the brainboxes on Eggheads and we came so close. It was great fun and good publicity for the environmental team... and I wrote about it too - follow the link to the Valley At Work website.