Teen Scales Kilimanjaro With Dad

Not many teenagers scale the highest peak in Africa, but that is just what Isobel Wilson did.alt

The 17-year-old student from Haslingden High School, where I have a contract to provide press and PR coverage, hiked to the top of the mountain with her father, a school governor.

It was an amazing achievement and my stories made the Lancashire Telegraph and Rossendale Free Press, both before and after she achieved her goal.

The tale was all the better for the money Isobel raised for the Stroke Association in memory of her grandfather. To donate click here.



Phew! This has been an incredibly busy month starting with the conclusion of a six-month project the Rossendale Business Awards.

The ceremony, on November 11, was amazing as more than 200 people packed The Riverside in Whitworth and my story and photographs by Liz Henson Photography made a double page spread in the Rossendale Free Press and two pages the Local Journal, which is out next month.

A spin off business awards story on the Enterprising Young Person winner Annie Ryder made a page lead in the Lancashire Telegraph.

With more businesses being nominated than ever before and more completing application forms, the awards were an outstanding success.

It has also been a busy month for my contract clients. Their stories have been appearing in the press and on BBC Radio Lancashire. Since my last update I have written and had published 38 different news stories.

Veterans In Communities€“ hosted radio presenter Sally Naden for a live broadcast on the First World War project at Bacup Cemetery, VIC was in the news for its involvement in a major project in Manchester; graveyard work in Stonefold; a remembrance service in Haslingden; opening an art exhibition in Rochdale and completing a project at a housing scheme in Heywood. VIC News was also produced for October and November.

Haslingden High School has been in the news for: a history trip that crossed Europe; a bike ride to Blackpool for the ruby celebrations at the school; students competing in the Lionheart challenge; a teacher devising an App for teaching evolution; the personal assistant to the head teacher receiving a charity award for raising an amazing amount for charity and many more.

At Fearns Community Sports College the school has been busy: fundraising by making ten pounds grow; bulb planting with Stacksteads Countryside Park Group; pupils baking cakes for charity.

Whitworth Community High School made the news for: students wearing their own uniforms to mark Remembrance; a flash mob of students attending a primary school for National Poetry Day; the retirement of the site supervisor and a school trip to America.

The latest JJO Journal is nearing completion and I am delighted that my contract with the major employer has been renewed for another year.

I produced the fifth and sixth M3 Newsletter and another story for the press for the charity's Christmas campaign.

I have also completed a number of ad hoc jobs including one for regular client Antony and Patricia about a high flying customer who flies in from Ireland just to have his hair cut.

A story for Bacup Natural History Society about the latest Heritage Lottery funded event Meet the Nurse was used in the Rossendale Free Press and a story for Rossendale Citizens Advice Bureau about a new phone number offering a better service to callers made the Rossendale Free Press and Local Journal.

The school prospectus and brochure for St Mary's RC School in Burnley has now been completed and I also found time to deliver a speech on my book Weirdo Mosher Freak - the murder of Sophie Lancaster to ladies in Bacup.

The Big Issue in the North also commissioned me to write an article on the cuts to the Supporting People budget.

It has been rather busy and long may it continue!