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Every day regional newspapers up and down the land go into battle on behalf of their readers. On this page you will find an archive of the hundreds of stories which HoldtheFrontPage has carried about newspapers fighting for their communities.

Tracking the vandals

A Leicestershire paper has joined forces with Railtrack in a new campaign to keep trespassers and vandals off its tracks. The Mercury’s Stay off the Track campaign was launched after several sightings of children playing on the railways, and of

Whingers beware -life is good!

Moves to improve the quality of life in Bedford and the surrounding villages have been commended by a host of politicians, business leaders and voluntary workers. The Times and Citizen’s Pride in Bedford campaign was launched to promote everything the

Move to cut mums' travel

The Bucks Herald has launched a Safe and Sound campaign to help raise the money to buy important equipment to watch babies growing in the womb. The Herald has appealed to its readers to raise £73,000 for a new ultrasound

SOS update

More than 2,000 people have signed an SOS petition – backing the Express & Echo’s call for the Government to support people who have suffered in the foot-and-mouth crisis. The campaign, launched on April 10, wants the Government to provide

High-level backing for News

A senior Government minister is backing a paper’s investigation into shopkeepers who illegally sell lighter fuel to children. The Manchester Evening News appeal is being supported by Consumer Affairs Minister Dr Kim Howells, who spoke out after the newspaper revealed

If in doubt, keep them out

Safety advice is set to go into thousands of homes for free thanks to an initiative from the Sheffield Star. The paper’s Beat the Bogus Callers campaign is distributing safety advice door hangers, packed with police-approved information and safety tips.

Lottery "win" boosts pot

A Stoke Sentinel-backed charity has received a major boost in its bid to provide Staffordshire with care for its seriously ill youngsters. The Donna Louise Trust has been awarded £452,000 by the National Lottery to set up a nursing team

Dramatic start to Echo campaign

A chilling display by firefighters gave the Lincolnshire Echo’s new road safety campaign a dramatic launch. Members of Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue gave onlookers a glimpse of the equipment and procedures used to rescue victims of horrific road crashes. The

Victory set to save lives

Campaigners have won their fight to save accident and emergency services at a south coast hospital. The victory, for the Evening Argus, came after more than 50,000 people, including the region’s MP Nicholas Soames and local celebrities such as Dame

Lindsey breaks £1m barrier

The Scunthorpe Telegraph’s Lindsey Lodge Hospice appeal was celebrating today after the fund was topped up with a £250,000 National Lottery Grant. The cash injection leaves the appeal at more than £1m – less than £400,000 away from its £1.4m

Lord enters miners' battle

Two of the North-East’s top politicians have backed a Gazette campaign for a chest disease testing centre to be built in South Tyneside. Lord Dixon of Jarrow, and the town’s MP, Stephen Hepburn, have pledged their support for the Test

Papers back grants scheme

Two Westcountry newspapers have teamed up and launched a campaign to raise money for the beleaguered farmers. The Stroud News & Journal and its sister paper the Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard are asking readers to send money in for their

Papers join forces to highlight plight of South West

A campaign to secure emergency funding for the South West in the wake of the foot and mouth crisis has been jointly launched four of the region’s newspapers. The Plymouth Evening Herald, Western Morning News, Exeter Express & Echo and

Team needs new suits

A Sussex newspaper is urging readers to donate the money to get a boat rescue team suited-up for the summer. The Rye and Battle Observer is hoping to raise the £2,800 needed to buy seven protective drysuits damaged during vital

Taking pride in Bedford

A campaign to celebrate the best of Bedford is being launched by the Times and Citizen. The paper has started its Pride in Bedford campaign with a nine-page special focusing on the best aspects of the county. And over the

Sailor's death mars victory

One of the main driving forces behind the Bristol Evening Post’s campaign to open Merchant Navy memorial in the city has died – just two months before the tribute is due to open. Stockwood man Douglas Davidson – known to