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Editor leaves journalism to join charity helping children affected by imprisonment

Andrew Fitchett 2022An editor has left a regional publisher to take a new role helping children affected by imprisonment.

Andrew Fitchett has left Archant, where he was most recently a group editor for weekly titles across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, to take up a newly-created post as head of communications and engagement at Ormiston Families.

Ormiston Families’ work includes providing support to children and young people affected by the imprisonment of a family member, a range of services to provide mental health support, and services supporting vulnerable young women.

The charity helps families across the East of England and has its headquarters in Ipswich.

Andrew, pictured, said: “I’m really excited to be starting at Ormiston Families, and really enjoying getting to know the team here.

“I can already see the power of the work it is doing in helping families and young people improve their quality of life and access opportunities and experiences they might not have been able to previously.

“My job now is to raise awareness of that fantastic work and encourage people to support us in continuing to provide it for many years to come.”

Andrew had been with Archant, which was taken over by fellow regional publisher Newsquest earlier this year, since 2013, and spent three years prior to that as a journalist with the Bury Free Press.

He has worked as an editor on the newsdesk at Archant’s head office in Norwich, where he was responsible for video and images, and also spent time as editor for its ‘coast’ patch, where he oversaw the Great Yarmouth Mercury, Lowestoft Journal and Beccles and Bungay Journal.

Ormiston Families director of income generation and marketing Kate Higgs said: “We’re delighted to have Andrew on board in what is a vital role.

“We have such a strong story to tell and Andrew’s experience as a journalist will help us do that.”