‘We don’t condone drug use - but let us test if yours are safe’

A controversial pilot scheme to offer clubbers in Preston a chance to check what their weekend drugs contain is due to be launched by a charity in the city centre in the New Year. Brian Ellis talks to the former Lancaster University professor behind the project.

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Thomas Hudson, five, with mum Jo

Family are half way to life-changing surgery for five-year-old Thomas

A family fighting to raise £16,000 for a life-changing operation says it has reached the half way mark.

David and Lisa Talbot are appealing to dog walkers to clean up after their pets

Lancashire farmer’s clear-up call to dog owners after loss of calves

A LANCASHIRE farmer is urging dog owners to clear up after their animals after 16 of his cows aborted after eating contaminated grass.

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Chris Montgomery, owner of Car Care, with a bike to be auctioned in aid of CRY

Christmas quiz to help heart charity

A festive quiz evening is being held to raise funds for vital heart screenings in Garstang.

Over-50s fight for same-day GP appointment

Over-50s fight for same-day GP appointment

Over-50s, arguably the biggest users of the NHS, are finding it particularly hard to book a same-day appointments with their GP.

Leanne Hurst goes through her routine in Los Angeles

Abs-fab Leanne stuns the bodybuilding world

Leanne Hurst has muscled her way into international bodybuilding faster than you can say “abs-fab.”

Jane Booth, Chair of the Lancashire Safeguarding Adults Board and the Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board and  Mick Dears and Jane Williams of Lancashire Fire & Rescue alert the public to the potential fire risk

Call to raise awareness of hidden fire dangers

Fire and safeguarding bosses are calling for better warnings on emollient skin creams after the tragic death of smoker John Fallon in a fire.

Staff at Inspirations, Preston

Children in Need madness

Schools, shops and business have been showing their fun side as part of this year’s big Children in Need fund-raiser.
Ryan Walker with his Gold Star Award in 2014

Nominate your little cancer star

As childhood cancer rates are falling, the family of a young boy who has battled cancer is urging people to nominate brave youngsters who are also fighting the disease.

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Broken ankle

Physiotherapy a waste of time for ankle injuries claims study

Having physiotherapy for an ankle sprain is a waste of time - and no better than managing the injury at home, say scientists.

Demand for hospital beds up by a quarter

Demand for hospital beds up by a quarter

Hospital admissions have risen by a quarter in Preston and Chorley in the last decade, new figures show.

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Alzheimers and dementia are the cause of death of over 1,100 people every week

Alzheimer's and dementia most common death in England and Wales

Alzheimer's and dementia are now the biggest killer in England and Wales with more than 1,100 people dying from the disease each week, according to official figures.

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Ruth Lowe with a photo of her son Andrew Parr

The devastating truth about young sudden cardiac death

No-one is more passionate about campaigning for screenings than Heartfelt. The support and fund-raising group was created through friendships that have grown over 10 years because of the shared sad experience of young sudden cardiac death, and the passion to support the work of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in helping to save lives. With one emotive cause in common, members discuss their devastating losses.

Mental Elf

Lancashire Mind is urging members of the public to support its work by joining a very special fancy dress themed 5km fun run.


It's Chico time.... to help Children in Need

Former X Factor star Chico will certainly have a lot of time on his hands as he takes part in a 24-hour marathon of fitness classes in aid of Children in Need.

North West Ambulance Service has launched a new campaign called Behind the Uniform in response to an increase on assaults on ambulance staff. It features the children of paramedics and 999 call handlers.

Children of ambulance staff make video appeal over assaults

AMBULANCE bosses have appealed for members of the public to treat paramedics with respect, after assaults on staff increased by a shocking 27 per cent last year.

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How to beat the winter blues – practical tips to keep your spirits up

How to beat the winter blues – practical tips to keep your spirits up

As we make the chilly transition from autumn into winter, it’s not uncommon for people’s moods to dip along with the temperatures. It’s cold, the days are short, work or education is in full swing, and the Christmas holidays are still too far away to provide much comfort.

North West workers among most stressed in the UK

North West workers among most stressed in the UK

Workers in the North West are among the most stressed in the country, new research has found.

Luke Carter, 8, from Cabus

Luke’s triathlon challenge to help reach £50k goal

An eight-year-old boy with cerebral palsy is set to take on the mammoth challenge of a triathlon to help him and his friend raise £50,000.

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