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Bridgwater Mercury reporter Andy Whelan has been named Young Reporter of the Year at Newsquest Somerset, receiving an award presented in memory of popular reporter Leanne Gibbons, who died in 2005, aged 23.

A final donation of £5,000 has marked the successful conclusion to the Bristol Evening Post’s One on Four Cancer Campaign, which has raised more than £25,000 and helped 13 cancer groups in the past three years.

Hundreds of people are backing a Leicester Mercury campaign to help keep elderly people warm in cold weather.
The paper launched the campaign after Age Concern said pensioners were affected by rising power bills, and 360 readers clipped a coupon from the paper to send in to show their support within days of it being published.

More than 100 homeless and abandoned pets found new homes during 2006 thanks to a weekly Pet rescue column in the South Wales Argus.

A helium balloon which was used to decorate the Press & Journal’s Union Street shop in Aberdeen was returned by a woman from Sweden, after it made a 500-mile flight to Gothenburg.

Unwanted Christmas gifts are being collected in an appeal by the Blackpool Gazette as the paper launches its Presents of Mind campaign to provide for needy youngsters in the Fylde coast’s Brian House children’s hospice.