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.

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

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.


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?

Could you give blood?

More Lancashire blood donors needed to keep stocks topped up

The NHS is looking for people in Lancashire to sign up as new blood donors to help keep stocks topped up.

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Chorley's Angels

Chorley's Angels delivering defibrillator training

A first aid group in Chorley is delivering defibrillator training.

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.
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.
County Hall

Child care shake-up plan for Lancashire

Radical proposals aimed at cutting the number of children and teenagers in residential care are being considered by Lancashire County Council.

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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.
A team, including Lantei Compliance Services co-founder, Leona Smith and managing director, Andrew Livesey, at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro

Lantei bosses in Preston trek up Mount Kilimanjaro

Bosses of an electrical company climbed almost 6,000 feet up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for St Catherine’s Hospice.
Karen Hain, from Fulwood, at a previous Race for Life event

An emotional time for all at Race for Life events

A Preston woman makes an emotional tribute to her mum every year by taking part in the Cancer Research UK Race for Life in Preston.

Danny Nicholls

Final birthday fund-raiser in memory of Coppull teenager Danny Nicholls

A family is planning a poignant celebration to mark the 21st birthday of their devoted son who collapsed and died at home suddenly aged just 16.
Sue Cotton, Child Action North West's CEO

Counsellors respond after concert terror trauma

As the dust begins to settle on the Manchester Arena attrocity, the effects will continue to ripple through Lancashire.

CATHERINE MUSGROVE spoke to the people who are dedicated to offering support in the weeks and months to come.


Have a go at .... pilates

The art of controlled movements, which should look and feel like a workout
South Ribble Borough Council staff who are taking part in Pretty Muddy in memory of their colleague Allyson Wright who died earlier this year

Getting muddy to honour a former colleague

A team of friends from South Ribble Borough Council are preparing to take part in Cancer Research UK’s Pretty Muddy challenge in memory of a colleague who lost her battle with the illness earlier this year.

Ron and Mel Hale and Martina Thompson had their heads shaved for Derian House

Trio shave their heads for Derian House

It was a case of ‘hair today, gone tomorrow’ for a trio of enthusiastic fund-raisers for Derian House Children’s Hospice.
Husband and wife team Julie and Tony Nolan, Derian House volunteers  who founded the Chorley Champions fund-raising group to support the charity

Volunteers' Week - Derian House

With more than 23 million people who selflessly give up their time to help others, it seems fitting to take a week to honour them.

Michelle Le Marinel

Volunteers' Week - Breast Cancer UK ambassador

With more than 23 million people who selflessly give up their time to help others, it seems fitting to take a week to honour them.

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