Cadets poppy appeal success

For the second year running the Royal British Legion in Greater Manchester has employed Catherine Smyth Media to publicise their record breaking Poppy Appeal. This year the cadets final total showed a 10 per cent increase on the figures for 2009. A release was written...

Ombudsman raps council bailiffs

A DETERMINED dad who battled a bailiff bill and won, has finally received an apology from Rossendale Council after taking the matter to the ombudsman. As a result of James Howson’s actions, the ombudsman decided some charges made were ‘unreasonable’...

Legal action threat forces CAB grant rethink

A DETERMINED resident threatened legal action after a health body announced plans to scrap vital funding of Rossendale Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB). Rawtenstall resident Miranda Owen pursued a Judicial Review of the East Lancashire Teaching Primary Care Trust’s (PCT)...

Funky Feet Jayden’s dance success

Young Dancer Jayden Leigh has shown he is a little star when it comes to street dance. Despite being born with club foot which is still being treated with splints and boots, he has passed his first exam at Dansworks Dance Academy. A news story and photographs by...

Bailiff’s bill scrapped thanks to CAB

A young couple who succeeded in getting a bailiff bill scrapped are urging others not to give in to ‘bullying’ tactics. Kerry and Kieran Hanson made every effort to sort out their council tax arrears after a bank mistake left them owing Rossendale Council....

Community hub wins award

A church that has been transformed into a busy community hub is celebrating after winning a Lancashire wide award. St Anne’s Church, Edgeside, won the Lancashire Environmental Fund Best Practice in a Community Building and as part of the contract with Rossendale...

Valley to be veterans’ charity new base

A national charity for veterans is seeking to open a drop-in centre to serve ex-soldiers from around the north west. As part of the PR contract with REAL, Catherine Smyth Media produced a news article and photograph about Helmshore ex-soldier Steve Carr who is helping...

Teachers learn lessons in Uganda

Two teachers from Fearns Community Sports College, in Stacksteads, found an impact holiday to Uganda led them to life changing experiences. Emma Sweeney and Charlotte Walsh spent 10 days in Uganda encoutering the hardships and savouring the rewards as they helped to...

Residents scoop £50k for park

A dedicated residents’ association has been awarded nearly £50,000 of lottery cash to create a new play area. As part of Catherine Smyth Media’s ongoing contract with REAL, a PR piece was written to help promote the cash and also to assist in publicising...

Animated author enthrals pupils

Horror story writer Tommy Donbavand captivated children from Fearns Community Sports College when he spoke to Year 7s. His series Scream Street were books several of the children had already followed and his latest and last book in the series Flame of the Dragon was...

Bacup dance duo are national champs

Street Dancers from Bacup’s Dansworks Dance Academy wowed the judges and scooped top honours in a national competition. The duo, Jacob Ainsworth and Heathcliff Howard, performed at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool in the prestigious UDO National School’...