Homeless man’s death – serious case review

A vulnerable homeless man’s body lay undiscovered for four days after two local councils refused to offer him a bed for the night. He only had a room to sleep in because a homeless project in Harrogate paid for a hotel. The project did not think it right that...

Veteran mystery solved

Veterans turned detective to solve the mystery of a soldier whose name appeared on a World War II roll of honour but nothing was known about him. All the other 110 names had full details of rank, age at time of death, place of death and whether they were married, but...

Performance poet relives homeless past

When he became homeless in the late 1980s David R Mellor picked up a pen and began writing poetry. When he finally got settled he returned to school to educate himself then qualified as a social worker and he began performing his poems on stage. Catherine Smyth was...

Teachers’ wax legs for charity

Brave teachers at Fearns Community Sports College put their best legs forward, then endured the pain while their hairs were ripped out using hot wax. It was all in the name of charity and the school’s efforts on the day raised £1,000 for Comic Relief. Catherine...

Dementia choir hits high notes

When a choir for people who have dementia was set up, organisers were delighted when its membership soared by a third in just a month. Catherine Smyth has a PR contract with REAL who helped to set up the choir with Crossroads. It now meets every Wednesday in...

CAB helps couple reclaim £9,000

When a Whitworth couple found themselves in financial strife after redundancy, Rossendale Citizens’ Advice Bureau helped them to reclaim nearly £9,000. They are now debt free – something that would not have happened had it not been for the actions of the...

Businesses honoured with ‘Oscars’

Rossendale’s answer to the ‘Oscars’ were presented to top businesses at a prestigious ceremony. Catherine Smyth was employed by Valley At Work to promote the event in through a series of articles starting back in June and culminating in a double page...