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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.

Sentinel takes campaign to Downing Street

Five-year-old Jacob Bradbury has delivered the Stoke Sentinel’s petition for a new hospital to 10 Downing Street. The youngster travelled with editor Sean Dooley to hand in the petition, which has been signed by 19,138 people. The event marks the

Heart hope after cash pledge

The fight to tackle heart disease has been boosted by readers of the Bradford T&A. They have agreed to pledge more than £128,000 towards research into the disease. The staggering sum is the result of the Your own Free Will

Car dumpers are targeted

The Gloucester Citizen has had enough of people dumping cars in the city and is joining forces with police to tackle the problem. The newspaper has become involved in the police’s Operation Dodger campaign to rid the streets of abandoned,

New-style campaigning from the Mercury

An evening newspaper has taken up the challenge to make a difference to people’s lives. The Leicester Mercury is planning to launch a series of campaigns encouraging both residents and the business community to join the crusade. Each Challenge will

First £1,000 for Delia

A campaign by the Derby Evening Telegraph to bring a young African woman to Derby, so she can train as a nurse, has raised its first £1,000. Cheques from well wishers have begun to flood in just a week after

Campaign attracts 17,688 names

The Stoke Sentinel’s popular Caring About Tomorrow campaign has ended with backing from 17,688 readers. The campaign for a new £200m single-site hospital was launched by the newspaper to put pressure on Health Secretary Alan Milburn, who has to make

Unwelcome souvenir hunters are condemned

War heroes fighting to protect the watery graves of their fallen colleagues have received the backing of the Western Daily Press. The Second World War veterans are furious that the wrecks of two ships off the coast of Malaysia have

New Year cheer for sports club appeal

An appeal to save a sports club where Jackie Charlton used to coach has reached the £1,000 mark. The Weston Lane Sports and Social Club in Otley was devastated by an arson attack in November. Thousands of pounds worth of

Free phone cards from Evening Post

Thousands of free phonecards were handed to revellers in the south west over Christmas and the New Year as part of the Bristol Evening Post’s ClubSafe campaign. A total of 10,000 cards are available and they all include five minutes

Protest march planned for Bakewell convict

A march to protest at Stephen Downing’s continued detention, after serving more than 10 years beyond his recommended prison tariff, is being planned for Bakewell on Saturday January 20. On the same day the Crown Prosecution Service must give its

Name and shame threat keeps drink-drivers off the roads

A drink-drive name and shame campaign is being praised for its part in keeping offenders of the roads around Bath during Christmas and New Year. Police say the fact people knew they would be named, and their photos put in

Loaded guns available:£25 a time

A newspaper campaign to stamp out gun violence on a city’s streets has been told criminals can hire out handguns loaded with two bullets for £25 a time. The revelation was made to the Bradford Telegraph and Argus by city

Paper rallies for child abuse victims

Children who have been sexually and physically abused in Leicestershire could soon have a less traumatic time – thanks to the Leicester Mercury. The newspaper is asking readers to donate money, toys, clothes and furniture for a new centre which

Success story countdown

The Hull Daily Mail has taken a look back at a roller-coaster six months for Molly-Ann after it helped find a donor for the young leukaemia sufferer – and raised £30,000 for charity. The paper launched its Gift of Life

Target reached for meningitis tot

The Mercury group’s Baby BJ appeal has smashed through its £12,000 target. The newspaper, which covers Lewisham, Greenwich, Bexley and Streatham, launched the appeal to buy therapeutic equipment for a baby with meningitis. BJ – full name Brian James –