"Secret Santa" businessman wants to make Christmas the best one ever for a deserving family

A Burnley dad-of-two, who has built a thriving business from scratch, wants to share his success with a family from his hometown.


Winter Wonderland spectacular attracts 4,000 visitors

Burnley College was transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland at the weekend to help the community celebrate the start of the festive season.

Jane Harrison of Lloyds Bank (left) hands over the latest collection of donated toys for the Burnley Express and Salvation Army Christmas Toy Appeal to Capt Maisie Veacock.

Banking on the support of customers for festive toy appeal

Staff at a Burnley bank always count on the support of loyal customers for the Burnley Express and Salvation Army Christmas Toy Appeal.

Don't miss this great competition to win a family ticket for a special screening of the iconic film Home Alone

Win tickets to see this Christmas family classic

The iconic film Home Alone is a "must see" every Christmas.

Platinum couple, Margaret and Isaac Clement, appeared in a short film - released last week - which marks the 70-year marriage of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. (s)

Platinum marriage to rival royals’

You know you’ve struck platinum when you have a marriage to rival the Queen’s.

Kellie Bland's Krafty Cow Tea Room is in the running for a national breastfeeding award.

Sweet taste of success for kind-hearted Kellie

Life couldn’t be any sweeter at a Burnley tea room which is in the running for a national breast-feeding award.


Video: Never too old to love again

Amidst all the doom and gloom of most news stories isn't it nice to read a real heartwarming story?
Akeib Mahmood (back row, second from left) on the Justice for Dads walk.

Justice for Dads take parental alienation protest to London

An anti-parental alienation campaigner has completed a 194-mile protest walk from Manchester to London to raise awareness of anti-father bias in family courts.

The tribute to Damian Stuttard at Turf Moor during the game against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Clarets pay tribute to "passionate" father-of-three

Turf Moor paid tribute to one of its best-loved fans during the match against Crystal Palace on Sunday, as the 18,800-strong crowd observed a minute’s applause for the 45-year-old, father-of-three Damian William Stuttard.
Rolls-Royce Plc is hosting a family fun day in Barlick. (s)

Rolls-Royce Plc revving up for family fun in Barlick

A Barnoldswick engineering company is driving up community spirit with a family fun day.
There were 6,099 visits to the Childline forced marriage page

Police offer support to child marriage victims

Lancashire Police have pledged to offer support and protection for victims of forced marriage after a warning from the NSPCC  that young girls fear being cut out of their community if they refuse to marry.

The current pricing structure of long-haul holidays is usually based on two adults sharing one room

Virgin Holidays become first to abolish extra charges for single parents

Virgin Holidays has become the first to abolish stealth hotel charges for single parent families to a string of long-haul destinations.

Hayley Barker is the inspiration behind Hayley's Hugs, a charity funding Christmas presents for children in hospital. (s)

Hayley's Hugs fund-raiser to make children smile

Relatives of Hayley Barker, a Padiham girl who died after battling leukaemia, is hosting a family fun day in aid of Hayley’s Hugs.


Caring Beth set to tackle 100 mile run challenge to help young stroke victim

A chance meeting, with the husband of a young woman who had suffered a devastating stroke, touched a Burnley mum so much she set out to do something to help.
The late Trevor Dawson.

East Lancashire property boss and magician dies

The founder of one of East Lancashire’s largest commercial property companies has died aged 82.

The family theatre at Cloudspotting.

Gisburn Forest gears up for family festival

Gisburn Forest will come alive when the eagerly anticipated Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival takes place next weekend – Friday, July 28th, to Sunday, July 30th.

Emily and her daughter Penny are pictured at the front at the Teddy Bear's Picnic held at St Michael and St John's RC Primary School to raise awareness about the virus CMV and to raise funds for the charity CMV Action.

Mum's fight to eradicate virus

A mum from Clitheroe is raising awareness about a virus that unborn babies can contract after her own daughter was left with hearing problems.
Lily-Mae Fawcett, who suffers from Angelman syndrome, with her doting mum and dad, Jenny Mitchell and Jon-Paul Fawcett.

Beautiful Lily-Mae is a "ray of sunshine."

Curly haired toddler Lily-Mae Fawcett looks like any other cute three-year-old.

Brave mum and cancer victim Sarah Reed, who has inspired a community to raise thousands of pounds to pay for lifesaving treatment for her with her daughter Chloe

Kind hearted town gets behind cancer mum's battle for lifesaving treatment

The true spirit of generosity is alive and well in Pendle thanks to kind hearted residents who have raised the fabulous total of £1,500 in just two weeks.
Lianna Shutt, the young mum who has been hailed a heroine for saving the life of a man injured in the Manchester bomb attack.

Brave mum hailed as "Superwoman" after bomb blast rescue drama

A brave young mum is preparing for an emotional reunion with the man whose life she saved after the Manchester bomb attack.

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