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Andy Succeeds In Unfair Dismissal Claim
Artist Leaves Her Mark On School
Plucky Francesca Plans 10k
Andy Succeeds In Unfair Dismissal Claim

When businessman Andy Davies was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, his working life was obviously affected, but he didn't expect his career to be over.

He took his former bosses to a tribunal and won, although he is still awaiting payment from the company's insurers when it went into liquidation.

However, he knew he could return to work, he just needed the right conditions and now he has set up his own business, he also lays down the rules and can work successfully to his capabilities and limitations.

I was commissioned to write his heartwarming story as a freelance journalist and it was printed in the Big Issue In The North. Thank you to Liz Henson Photography for the photo.


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Artist Leaves Her Mark On School

Artist Laura Doherty has so far painted five of her former classrooms with giganitic murals bringing history, English and music to life.

The former Haslingden High School student painted her first classroom when she was 16 and, after finishing her A levels, she was invited to become the school's first artist in residence.

Laura, who will be going on to study painting at a London Art School is determined her school will never forget her.

My story on Laura made page leads in the Rossendale Free Press and Lancashire Telegraph. Thank you to Liz Henson Photography for the accompanying photographs.


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Plucky Francesca Plans 10k

Deciding to take on a 10k can be an ordeal for most people, but when you are a wheelchair user it brings a host of other complications.

But Francesca Dean doesn't know the word can't and will not let anything stop her from doing what she wants. I first met Francesca when she was just nine and together with her grandmother she was campaigning for an accessible roundabout, obviously she succeeded.

It was a delight to meet up with her again -12 years later - after I spotted she was completing the Race For Life in Manchester. Her heartwarming story was a page lead in the Lancashire Telegraph and Rossendale Free Press and she is being interviewed by Sally Naden for the True Life Stories on BBC Radio Lancashire's mid-morning programme.


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Welcome to Catherine Smyth Media

To put it simply - I tell your story

Catherine Smyth Media is a one-stop shop for Press and PR with an added specialism - creating school newspapers

Need to promote your organisation and get the message across?

I write news stories and take photographs for businesses, organisations and individuals with proven results. I have had contracts with two Rossendale high schools since 2009, gained a third in 2015, worked for local charity REAL for more than three years and since 2012 have worked for Rossendale-based charity Veterans In Communities. I am on contract with JJO kitchen, bedroom and bathroom manufacturerer in Bacup and I also work for a number of businesses as and when they require. I produce newsletters as well as news stories for the written press, online media, TV and radio.

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You can choose either a School News in a Week project with the end product of a 16-page full colour newspaper written by the school€™s own pupils promoting literacy and inclusion.brochurewebAlternatively you can select the School News in a Day project which produces a 4-page paper and links in with the national curriculum journalistic writing taught in Year 6.

Check out the School News section to see examples of a paper in a day projects. Click here to read testimonials from teachers and pupils.

I also offer an after-school club newspaper service to produce a termly or half-termly paper written by primary school pupils.

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I have been a journalist since 1988 working on local evening and weekly papers. My last role was as news editor so I have organisational, subbing and page laying experience.

I was a school governor for 10 years, firstly at nursery and then at my sons'€™ primary school. While a governor, I developed a successful school newspaper at my sons' school and now share that experience with other schools through a one-week, one-day or termly or half-termly enrichment programmes.

Check out my School News page for more details and testimonials for feedback.

I have also written a book on the murder of Sophie Lancaster - Weirdo Mosher Freak, which can be bought direct from me. Just follow the link to ebay. To find out more click on my Sophie Lancaster Book page. The book has now been rebranded The Sophie Lancaster Story and is available on Amazon.

In a voluntary capacity, I am a Cub leader and chairman of the local carnival committee.