Celebrating charity work

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The Lancashire Evening Post has long been committed to promoting local charity work and encouraging readers to take part in worthy events.

The Space Centre in Pedders Lane, Preston, is one organisation featured regularly, after a troubled time rebuilding the charity since a £800,000 funding shortfall was discovered in October 2012.

Committed: News editor Karl Holbrook fundraising for the Space Centre

Committed: News editor Karl Holbrook fundraising for the Space Centre

Since then the LEP has helped organisers launch numerous fundraising appeals, has celebrated the announcement of a merger to save the charity, and has given thousands of readers their first glimpse of new facilites.

News editor Karl Holbrook even completed the 100-mile Ride London event in aid of the centre.

A spokesman for charity said: “The LEP has given us a great level of support and people have responded really well to the appeals we have had in the paper.

“With everything that’s happened to us over the past couple of years, the LEP has helped us raise positive community awareness and we’ve managed to get a lot of new support.”

Another charity the LEP has thrown its weight behind is Derian House Children’s Hospice in Astley Village, Chorley.

The paper, a driving force in bringing people together to found the hospice in the early 1990s, launched the charity’s 20th birthday celebrations last year.

Over the past 12 months, LEP reporters have been involved in dispelling myths about the hospice and highlighting fundraising events to raise the £3m needed annually.

This is just one of the ways the LEP has aimed to make a difference in the local community, which is now celebrated during Local Newspaper Week. For more information on the week, visit: www.localnewspaperweek.co.uk or follow the campaign on Twitter @localpaperweek