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Oldham Evening Chronicle journalist Roger Halstead has become the first recipient of a Golden Boot award from Oldham Rugby League Club’s official supporters’ club.
The rugby league writer has worked at the Chronicle since 1961, and the award recognises Roger’s devotion to the sport.

The Liverpool Echo Sunrise Fund has raised £66,735 in its first year.
Readers of the paper have helped raise the money by taking part in a series of madcap events, and one of its own reporters, Scott Faulkner, jumped out of a plane on Friday the 13th in aid of the fund.
The cash has been split between several Liverpool charities.

The Belfast Telegraph has produced a guide for parents of children who are due to sit their 11-plus exam soon.
The guide includes articles on how to help children cope with stress, the pros and cons of private tuition, and advice for parents of children with special needs.

The Daily Echo in Bournemouth is to publish a book later this month which will give readers an A to Z guide of all the villages, suburbs and towns in its circulation area.
Based on the paper’s long-running supplement Down Your Way, it will be available in shops from October 20, priced £7.95.

The Norwich Evening News has launched a campaign to help brighten up the lives of sick children.
A Brighter Future aims to raise £30,000 to transform the children’s ward at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital into one of the most colourful in the country.

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