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Campaigning journalist Don Hale named as Unsung Hero

Award-winning journalist Don Hale has scooped another major prize – this time honouring unsung heroes in the North West.

Don, now associate coastal editor with North Wales Newspapers, scooped the Lifetime Difference Award at the Big Difference Awards 2005 for his work with people who have been wrongly convicted.

He said: “I was surprised and delighted to be nominated for, and then to win, a Big Difference Award.

“These awards recognise the hard work and commitment of so many unsung heroes and it was an honour to be counted among them.”

Don is best known for securing the release of Stephen Downing, who spent 27 years in jail for a murder he always claimed not to have committed. He has spent much of the last decade campaigning for the release of other prisoners.

The awards, held in Manchester, recognise outstanding individuals and businesses from the region.

This year’s event raised funds to help The Big Life Company, a group of businesses and associated charities who provide support and opportunities to excluded groups, including the long-term unemployed, people with mental health needs and drug users.

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