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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.

Mercury pays tribute to readers' support

The Leicester Mercury has paid tribute to readers who have given their support to its Mercury Challenge campaign. Pledges have been flooding in after the paper launched the challenge in conjunction with Leicestershire police. The paper urged readers and businesses

Club chairman supports newspaper campaign

A new football campaign from the Ipswich Evening Star has now been given the all-important thumbs-up by the chairman of Ipswich Town. David Sheepshanks said he was impressed by the newspaper’s Back the Blues for Europe campaign, which is encouraging

Hospice campaign reaches £1.7m

A fund raising campaign launched by the York Evening Press has reached the £1.7m mark. The Hospice 2000 appeal is to help meet the costs of the extension to St Leonard’s Hospice, which will cost £2m overall. Guests were given

Appeal for toddler almost at target

One of the biggest cash appeals launched by the Wiltshire Times has almost reached its target. The Zara Fox Appeal, to raise money for a toddler with a rare condition, is just £1,000 short of its £6,000 target, which would

Petition delivery marks campaign climax

The South Wales Argus’ 25,000-name Justice for Miners petition has been delivered to the House of Commons. MPs heard the Argus’ appeal for immediate compensation payments to sick and dying ex-miners at a special Commons sitting. This landmark event in

Devon is Open for Business

Devon’s tourist attractions are open for business – and the Exeter Express & Echo has launched an initiative to help the county’s stricken tourism industry. Tony Blair has stepped in to back the paper’s stance, endorsing its Open for Business

Youngsters sign up with News & Star to see New Horizons

Applications have flooded in from teenagers eager to take part in the Carlisle News & Star’s New Horizons campaign. The paper joined forces with education charity the Sutton Trust to launch the campaign, which is encouraging talented state school pupils

Green Wellie Day draws closer

Green Wellie Day is drawing closer for people living in the Westcountry, as they join forces to help farmers braving the foot and mouth epidemic. The event has been put together by the Western Morning News to provide emergency funds

Drinkers asked to donate

The Cancer Fund, run by the South Wales Evening Post, has had its total boosted by a donation by one of the areas veteran fundraisers. Margaret Thrush, (59), has raised more than £100,000 over the years for different charities since

Mercury pulls the plug on premium-rate conmen

The Sunday Mercury has won a major battle to stamp out the ruthless conmen cashing in on premium-rate telephone lines. As a direct result of the paper’s hard-hitting Pull the Plug campaign, the Department of Trade and Industry has announced

Dig Deep gathers support

The Derby Evening Telegraph’s campaign to help county farmers and businesses hit by the foot and mouth epidemic has been applauded in the House of Commons. South Derbyshire MP Mark Todd, whose constituency has been badly affected by the disease,

Masts are put on the map

The Brighton Evening Argus is celebrating again after the Government announced it was to set up a national database giving details of all mobile phone masts. This meets a key demand of an Argus campaign, Put Masts on the Map,

Readers back road campaign

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Advertiser urges readers to help Kick The Habit

Walsall’s director of public health has urged Walsall Advertiser readers to back its Kick The Habit campaign. Dr Sam Ramaiah said the multi-pronged way to add to existing measures to stave off the horrors of drug addiction was the only

Musicians rally to help farms

A plea for cash help to aid Cumbrian farmers caught up in the devastating foot and mouth crisis has been answered by rock band Ocean Colour Scene. Their donation – of £2,000 – is the latest response to the Carlisle

Biggest petition in North East Scotland

More than 15,000 people have signed a petition to support a campaign by the Aberdeen Evening Express. It will be presented to Scottish Transport Minister Sarah Boyack to show backing for a multi-million pound North East transport cash boost from