Trike Appeal's Astonishing Success

When Haslingden High School set about trying to get an all terrain mountain trike to aid a student's mobility, more than 3,500 pounds was raised in just a few weeks after excellent publicity was achieved.

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Sam Ainsworth has Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, an inherited muscle-wasting condition, which affects the motor and sensory nervous system. He also has a recently diagnosed condition affecting his hands. This makes using a normal wheelchair impossible without assistance.

The new trike costs 4,750 pounds and will allow Sam more independence.

Stories on the trike appeal were used by the Lancashire Telegraph, Rossendale Free Press and Local Journal. Sam will get to test drive the trike in school in September. One donor from East Sussex also gave to the appeal.

To donate to help him reach his goal click here.

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OTHER NEWS

Since my last update I am delighted to announce that all three of my contracted schools - Haslingden High School, Fearns Community Sports College and Whitworth Community High School - have decided to retain me as their Press and PR Officer for a further year.

All three schools have regularly been in the news. Besides Sam's appeal, Haslingden High School has also hit the headlines with stories about charity day, a student who raises money for the hospital where he was treated for cancer, an incredible ice dancer, an open water swimmer and a horse rider not to mention the school's talented musicians and student who lost her locks to make a wig for a child with cancer.

Fearns Community Sports College was also busy with a press story on Fearns Chat, the school's newspaper, a pupil who found an ancient Roman coin on her first archaeological dig, and inspirational career's talk from former Apprentice star Adam Corbally.

At Whitworth Community High School students have successfully passed out after completing a year as Fire Cadets and the school's debating society took part in a regional competition.

The latest JJO Journal was completed for my contracted business J and J Ormerod with news stories also featuring in the press while Veterans In Communities has been equally busy with news stories on Darren Horsnell winning the regional heat of Britain Has Spirit and his art classes at a sheltered housing scheme preparing for an exhibition at Tate Liverpool.

I completed the follow up stories on Hyndburn Business Awards, which was an incredible success, and have begun the first publicity articles for Rossendale Business Awards, the presentation will be held in November.

On an ad hoc basis I was again commissioned to work for Bacup Natural History Society to publicise a screening of the Battle of the Somme film, for Bacup Nursery School to publicise former pupils returning to school to play for the children, for Dansworks where students have just travelled to Malta to star in a show and at St Mary's in Bacup where and I'm a Celeb show concluded Year 6.

I have produced the latest M3 Newsletter for M3 Project and a news story for the press appealing for more householders.

Finally, for two weeks in early August I have been working with a team of Youth Volunteers at Wonderful Things at St Mary's CE School, Rawtenstall, to help them produce the paper Wonderful Times, which captures the fortnight of activities.

Meanwhile the new version of book on the tragic murder of Sophie Lancaster - The Sophie Lancaster Story - continues to sell well. Thank you to everyone who has bought it.