Brave Leyland girl inspires all as she deals with her partial paralysis

One morning, budding gymnast Becky Simpson woke up to severe pain and pins and needles. As the day progressed the 11-year-old lost feeling from the chest down as doctors revealed she had suffered a spinal bleed. Now, 11 months on Becky is still dealing with life in a wheelchair and has been an inspiration to her family. Her mum, Elizabeth, speaks to NATALIE WALKER about Becky’s incredible journey.

Gary Gibson as John Lennon entertains the crowd in aid of St Catherine's Hospice

A night of legends in Whittle-le-Woods helps to boost funds for St Catherine’s Hospice

Music legends Elvis Presley and John Lennon were brought to life for one night only as part of a lavish fund-raiser for St Catherine’s Hospice.

Photo by Ian Robinson

Funds will be invested back into Croston’s community initiatives

A new charity in Croston will pour funds into village initiatives which bring the community together.

Little ones in Buckshaw Village do their bit for Armed Forces Day

Little ones in Buckshaw Village do their bit for Armed Forces Day

Babies dressed in their best military regalia helped raise over £600 for Armed Forces Day.

It takes grit and passion
 to live out your dream

It takes grit and passion to live out your dream

Olympic figure skaters have run a mile to inspire young athletes to achieve their dreams. MEGAN TITLEY spoke to Stacey Kemp and David King to find out what it takes to reach the heady heights of success

The Sitting Goose, Bartle

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Have a go at... Taekwondo

A Korean martial art, characterized by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques

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Emma Whitlock in Malawi volunteering with FOMO

Help Friends of Mulanje Orphans open a charity shop in South Ribble

A charity which supports vulnerable children in Malawi needs your help in opening a shop in the South Ribble area.

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Brits could be banned from all-inclusive holidays - unless they stop making fake ‘food-poisoning’ claims

UK holidaymakers could be banned from all-inclusive breaks unless they stop making bogus food poisoning claims, tour operators have warned.

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Hero's welcome for duo on a Chicken from from Portugal to The Hoghton Arms in Withnell

Why did the chicken hitch-hike from Portugal to Chorley?

Inside the Dingles' cottage at the Emmerdale Studio Experience

Cross over to Yorkshire for a tour of Emmerdale

For hundreds of years, there has been a bit of a friendly rivalry between Lancastrians and Yorkshire folk.

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Baked Alaska

RECIPE: Baked Alaska

The Walled Garden at Barton Grange Hotel, near Preston, is proud to support Lancashire produce and, to go with one of their favourite ingredients, local fish, in a Your Food a couple of weeks ago, what could be tastier than Baked Alaska, using many locally-sourced ingredients?

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Euxton man completes 47-day cycle trek for The Zuri Project

From having his belongings stolen to being mistaken for a psycho, charity worker Martin Hewell has experienced an eventful cycle ride from Athens to Amsterdam.
Chorley's Angels

Chorley's Angels delivering defibrillator training

A first aid group in Chorley is delivering defibrillator training.

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Where are the best family-friendly pubs in Lancashire?

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A previous memorial fun day for Danny Nicholls at the Printers Arms, from left, Louise Brookes, sister, Eric Nicholls, dad, Lorraine Nicholls, mum, comedian Dave Spikey and Leanne Clarke, sister

One last shout out for Danny’s 21st birthday

Four-and-a-half years ago everything changed for the Nicholls family.

Bolton Wanderers present a cheque for 10,000 to Chorley charity High Five: Andy Whittle, of Bolton Wanderers, with Helen Connolly (High 5), Peter Conroy, Lorraine Jenkins (High 5), Mike Connolly, Nannette Holliday (High 5)  and Andrew Dean

Chorley charity High Five awarded cash from Bolton Hospital Cup committee

A Chorley charity which provides activities for disabled children and their families has been given a £10,000 cash windfall.
Angela Gilbert, Dot Tinsley, Mavis Whittaker and Ruth Bower

Leyland neighbourhood forum holds social afternoon

There is nothing like a good cuppa to bring people together. Recognising the need to maximise potential for the community to meet up and make new friends, members of Leyland My Neighbourhood Forum organised The Spring Social Afternoon for Older People at the Civic Centre in Leyland.

Russ Waring, church warden of St Johns Parish Church, with the new defibrillator

Invite to defibrillator dedication service at Leyland church

The Leyland community is invited to a dedication service to launch the installation of a new defibrillator.
Martyn Thomas

Leyland marathon runner raises thousands for St Catherine's Hospice

A man who was told he would struggle to run again after injury has raised more than £2,000 for St Catherine’s Hospice by running in the London Marathon.
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