A new charity campaign has been launched in the North West to offer funding to try to transform rundown communities.
'Better Together' pay up to £25,000 to projects that improve the lives of residents in the region.
Residents from Darwell Avenue in Barton have transformed a rundown alleyway into a place of beauty and communal gathering.
Tim Scott reports from Darwell Avenue to see how the scheme can work.
The Poppy Appeal in the North West raised more than £3m with the figure still increasing. It marks the fourth year in a row the Royal British Legion crossed the £3m mark in the region.
Manchester United star Michael Carrick will start off the Manchester United Foundation Santa Run from Old Trafford at 11.30am on Sir Matt Busby Way.
A girl from Ulverston in Cumbria has fulfilled her sister's dying wish to have her ashes scattered at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Milly Pyne has reached the top of Africa's highest mountain. Her sister Alice died earlier this year after a battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma.
You can find out more about Alice's legacy on the Alice's Escapes website, a charity set up in her memory. It provides free holidays to families with a seriously ill child.
A former soldier from Lancashire is running 18 marathons in 18 days to raise money for an armed forces charity.
Dave Moretta will run more than 450 miles in memory of 18 soldiers from Lancashire who have been killed in recent conflicts.
He is taking donations through his Virgin Money Giving page.
A permanent tribute to one of the most distinctive comics in the region has been unveiled in Greater Manchester. A life size Frank Sidebottom statue was revealed to hundreds of members of the public at 11.37am - one of the comic's catchphrases in his home town of Timperley.
The man behind the mask, Chris Sievey died from cancer in 2010. Since then his family and fans raised the 20 thousand pounds to cast the comedy legend in bronze. Ralph Blunsom reports:
A statue of Frank Sidebottom has been unveiled in his home town of Timperley. Chris Seivey the character's creator died from cancer in 2010.
His daughter Asher told us what it means to her:
Hundreds took to the streets of Timperley this morning for the unveiling of the long-awaited Frank Sidebottom statue.
It was revealed to the public on Stockport Road at 11.37am – one of the comic’s catchphrases. It popped out of his very own famous shed.
The character's creator Chris Sievey died from cancer in 2010, ever since his family and fans have been fundraising for the £20,000 bronze cast.
A statue of iconic comedian Frank Sidebottom has been unveiled on Stockport Road in Timperley village. It was revealed at precisely 11.37am, one of the comic’s catchphrases.