Student's GCSE Success Despite Father in Coma

This was an inspirational story about the success of a GCSE student from Whitworth Community High School who even revised on thealt ward where her father was seriously ill.

It has been a turbulent year for Nicola Howorth after her father was left seriously ill following a routine operation. Her vital GCSE year has been spent traveling from her Whitworth home to his hospital bedside in Manchester - yes she still came out with excellent grades.

The story was written as part of my news PR contract with the school and made the Rossendale Free Press. It was also shared 640 times from the newspaper's website.

A big thank you to Liz Henson Photography for providing the photograph.



Summer is usually a quiet time for me... but not this year. I have completed an eight-page A4 newspaper at a summer school, worked for six different businesses during the summer holiday, covered the GCSE results at two of my high schools etc... etc...

Even though it is summer I have still has school news featured in the Rossendale Free Press including a careers day when TV's The Apprentice runner up Claire Young delivered an inspirational talk. An exhibition composed by pupils who went on a trip to the First World War battlefields also featured in the Free Press.

Haslingden High School has been in the press with a charming story about a pupil who won citizen award for raising thousands for the ward where he was successfully treated for cancer, students going back to their nursery school to introduce pupils to brass instruments and the catering manager receiving top awards for his dedication as a Royal Navy reservist.

Whitworth Community High School has also been in the press and not just for Nicola's story. All of the primary schools in Whitworth along with the high school are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted and a celebration was held. The latest story was on the Free Press website within an hour of being sent - GCSE student Zoe Wright won a scholarship to Norway. This story has also been shared more than 240 times.

Veterans in Communities have had another newsletter printed and a news story in both the Free Press and Lancashire Telegraph about the completion of a war graves project. Radio Lancashire is also going to be featuring the project in a special show.

An unusual assignment was to take a series of photographs for the M3 Project to help illustrate the charity's annual report - the next newsletter will be produced this month.

And JJO has also been in the news when a caring staff member had his head shaved for Macmillan Cancer Support and the latest JJO Journal will be out at the end of this month.

Three further articles about the Rossendale Business Awards have appeared in the Free Press and the organisers have received a record number of nominations already naming more businesses than ever before in the awards' six year history.

I have also completed ad hoc news jobs for Moo's Men's and Broadwater Hall, Bacup Nursery School asked me to document the retirement of Kathryn Usher who had worked for the school since the 1970s and Vicky Callan asked me to cover her nomination for an Enterprise Vision Award. I interviewed her at 1pm and the story was on the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce Lancashire Telegraph site by 4pm - it also featured in print in the Free Press.

In the last month I have also sold 18 Kindle versions of my book about the murder of Sophie Lancaster Weirdo Mosher Freak, which was listed by the Liverpool bookshop News fro Nowhere as one of the top five hate crime must reads.

Now I have to get back to completing my application form for a Rossendale Business Award because someone very kindly nominated me... have a nice September.