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Media firm Archant's £600,000 charity boost

Titles across community media company Archant have helped raise more than £600,000 for charity in the past year – as well as giving editorial support to hundreds of other local charities.

Charity campaigns such as the EDP’s We Care appeal, the Ilford Recorder’s Lifeline appeal, the Ipswich Evening Star’s Somebody’s Daughter campaign and the Weston & Somerset Mercury’s Mendip Challenge have seen both staff and readers dig deep for worthwhile causes.

Aside from fundraising, the newspapers also provide causes with a mouthpiece to get their message across to readers.

At Archant London, the Ham&High has introduced a regular feature highlighting the lengths readers will go to in their efforts to raise money for what they believe in.

Editor Geoff Martin said: “Space in our newspapers is always at a premium and the donation of column inches on a regular basis is probably the most important thing we can do for charities.

“It provides an essential way of communicating with the public, raising awareness in a way that would cost millions to do through promotional and advertising campaigns.”

Fundraising highlights include:

  • A hard-hitting campaign launched by Archant Suffolk’s Evening Star in the wake of the death of five Ipswich prostitutes last year has raised a staggering £30,000, as well as raising awareness about the problems facing vulnerable youngsters;
  • £27,320 – Evening Star’s annual Press Ball for Disability Care;
  • £42,000 for three hospices in the East Anglian Daily Times circulation area;
  • £30,000 in the Mercury Mendip Challenge for Weston Hospicecare at the Weston & Somerset Mercury;
  • £3,000 for the Hospicecare charity by the South West’s Midweek Herald;
  • More than £100,000 for the East Coast Palliative Care Centre at the James Paget University Hospital in a joint campaign from the Great Yarmouth Mercury, the Lowestoft Journal and the Beccles & Bungay Journal in Norfolk;
  • £20,000 for a chemotherapy isolator machine by the Ilford Recorder;
  • The Newham Recorder Christmas Toy Appeal brought in more than 12,500 donated toys, with an estimated value of £72,000. Do you have a story about the regional press?
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