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Reverend David Anderson from St Pauls Church, Longridge with Longridge Food Bank volunteers on a training day before the official launch in January

Reverend David Anderson from St Pauls Church, Longridge with Longridge Food Bank volunteers on a training day before the official launch in January

It is Local Newspaper Week and this year’s theme is ‘making a difference’ so we thought it would be a good opportunity to highlight some of the ways the Longridge and Ribble Valley News and Advertiser strives to make a difference in our community.

As well as helping to promote all the fantastic events Longridge has to offer to its residents, the paper prides itself on helping to support good causes and back local businesses, groups and organisations.

We have recently been supporting the “Shop Local, Eat Local, Play Local” campaign, which highlights just some of our many superb businesses.

We look forward to carrying this on and taking it out into the villages, showing what else there is to offer on our door step – it is a good way for us to be able to support the local economy and people we represent.

We have also run a number of stories about Longridge’s food bank, shining the spotlight on how it helps people in need. We learned at the week-end that, since it opened in January, it has supported 140 people. Charitable work like this is down to hard-working members of the community, and as a local newspaper, we are able to bring that good work to the forefront of our readers’ minds.

We continue each week to highlight the huge amount of charitable work which goes on in our community and are very proud to do so. As we have stated many times before, the generous nature of people in our area never fails to astound us. But besides tremendous amounts of money being raised for so many good causes, we are also humbled by, and so proud to report on, the great personal effort which goes into many of these fundraising challenges.

Every week we hope we provide the news that matters to people across our area, both in the newspaper and online. We hope readers appreciate the part “The News” plays in keeping you informed about the goings-on of the area and we would like to thank our loyal readers, advertisers and contributors, without whom we would not be able to do our job. Finally, we would be delighted if more of you would send in letters to our “Viewpoint” page so we can keep this a “written local” page too!

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