THE Yorkshire Post’s loneliness campaign was the winner of the Campaign of the Year at today’s Regional Press Awards.
The public cast more than 12,000 votes for 30 of the best campaigns from regional titles as part of the Making a Difference-themed Local Newspaper Week. The aim was to highlight the power of newspapers to campaign for positive change in the communities they serve.
Yorkshire Post reporters Ben Barnett and Lindsay Pantry co-ordinated the campaign which aims to persuade all local authorities in Yorkshire to write the issue of loneliness into their health strategies and to encourage more people to come forward as volunteers.
The campaign is supported by the national organisation The Campaign to End Loneliness and it is already gaining traction following a summit attended by more than 100 people chaired by Nicola Furbisher, Yorkshire Post managing editor, in Leeds last month.
Yorkshire Post editor Jeremy Clifford was at the ceremony in London to collect the award.
Nine other campaigns from our titles were among the 30 nominees.
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