Newsquest Media Group is donating more than £300,000 to a range of charitable causes this Christmas.
The regional publisher is giving away sums of up to £15,000 to causes which help the communities served by their local newspapers, as well as to charities which help those in the newspaper industry.
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The group, which owns 165 local news brands including The Bolton News, Oxford Mail and The Herald in Scotland, is also awarding £15,000 to the Journalists’ Charity to support journalists and their dependants, and another £15,000 to the Newstraid Charity, which helps those who have been employed in newspaper and magazine distribution.
It is also giving £5,000 to the Campaign for Freedom of Information, and £5,000 to the Rory Peck Trust for the training and support of young freelance journalists.
Donations to help local communities include £5,740 towards a children’s hospice in Berkshire, £12,290 towards a scout group in Walthamstow, £9,900 towards a young person’s housing scheme in Bolton and £6,600 towards a miners’ welfare recreation association in Wales.
Simon Westrop, chairman of the trustees, who decided which causes Newsquest should support, said: “Experience has taught us that real benefits are more likely to be delivered by smaller, well-defined and well-targeted donations.”
Over the last ten years, Newsquest has given more than £3 million to help charitable community causes around the country.