Hard-working duo happy with fruits of their 52-mile challenge

Two charities will benefit from the fruits of the hard labour of staff members from Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

The number of empty homes in the borough is dropping

More empty homes being brought back into use

Hundreds of borough homes remain empty even though the number has fallen significantly.

Students at St John Rigby College

Students raise funds for babies charity after teacher goes into labour during class

A teacher who gave lessons while in premature labour has praised her students after they were inspired to raise money for charity.

Kieron Smith (second right) with his colleagues at Learndirect, wearing purple for Pancreatic Awareness Day

Learndirect staff in Preston, Wigan and St Helens go purple for Pancreatic Cancer Action

Workers at Learndirect’s offices in Preston, Wigan and St Helens dressed in purple in support of their colleague who lost his dad to pancreatic cancer.

Emmerson Boyce with youngsters at the launch of the 3G all-weather community football hub at Little Lane, Goose Green

£10m bid for super new pitches

Wigan borough is bidding to bring a £10m boost to grassroots sport through the creation of three state-of-the-art football hubs.

This years event was a hive of activity at All Saints Church, Hindley

New Year boost for vulnerable residents

A generous mum and her team of volunteers are pulling out all the stops to get 2018 off to the best-possible start for vulnerable residents.

Janice Hinden is pictured with her sister Deborah Weekes manning the festive stall

Thinking of others is the best gift of all

A couple’s idea to help people in need at Christmas has snowballed from presents to each other to a year-long fund-raising effort.
Maria Lawton with daughter Keira

Family unite for fund-raising campaign in memory of popular Harry

A grieving family have reached their first major milestone in a campaign to get more defibrillators in the borough, raising enough money for the first life-saving machine.

Ruth Brookes, Nick Brookes, Keith Irwin and Janet Mitchell at last years parkrun event with The Brick

Support the homeless by joining run

A Wigan charity is looking for fundraisers to get active this Christmas and make a difference for homeless people.
The Ainscough team position the Christmas tree on the village green in Standish

Tree-mendous community action

Last year Standish villagers were dismayed when their Christmas tree was branded one of the worst in the country.
Staff and trainees at The Hamlet urge people to cast their votes

Votes needed for cash for innovative scheme

A Wigan school has launched an innovative scheme to help young adults with additional needs - and it needs your help.

The proposed unit for Portland Wines at the Winstanley Centre

Councillors to decide on wine and gin bar

The moment of truth is looming over whether supporters of a proposed new wine and gin bar for a Wigan shopping centre have the right mix to win over councillors.

Wreaths were laid

The borough falls silent to honour its war heroes

The borough bowed its collective head in respect as Remembrance Sunday was once again marked.
Christine with her baby son Jack

Grieving mum's festive fund-raiser

A grieving mum who did not have a Christmas with her baby son is planning a festive fund-raiser in his memory.

Karen Caffrey with local residents at The One House

Centre opened in memory of tragic David, 39

A much-missed son is the driving force behind a major new Wigan community centre which the family hope could prove a life-saver.

Boyswell House in Scholes

Inquest into flats plunge death opened

Tributes have been paid to a pensioner who fell from a Wigan block of flats as the inquest into his shocking death opened.

Coun Ready is presented with his award by Coun Paul Bettison, leader of Bracknell Forest Council

Councillor's award for funding efforts

A borough councillor has been honoured for his commitment to his ward at a national ceremony.


Victoria is star of charity campaign

A brave four-year-old girl who fought a rare cancer has become the face of a national fund-raising campaign.

Alison McKenzie-Folan, Coun Chris Ready, Su Johnson and Sami Mauger from Crowdfunder.

Crowding together for cash

A new online platform for residents to raise money through people power is due to launch next week.

Putting the wrong things in the recycling bin can cause cross contamination, causing the entire lot to be rejected and sent to landfill.

Pizza boxes, crisp bags and light bulbs: here’s what not to recycle

Brits could save thousands of tons of recyclable materials from going to landfill by avoiding the country’s biggest recycling mistakes, according to an expert.
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