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PNE pay tribute to dead teenage footballer

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Fans at Deepdale have held a minute's applause in memory of a teenager from Preston who died while playing football.

Melissa Smith died playing for Cadley Girls at Euxton last Sunday.

She was 15-years-old.

Supporters of Preston North End and Fleetwood stood and held a minute's applause at Deepdale as Melissa's picture was shown that on Deepdale screens in the 15th minute.

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Wigan woman gets top foster care award

Jeanette Fisher

Jeanette Fisher from Wigan has been named Foster Carer of Distinction in the FosterTalk Foster Carer Awards.

Ten awards to recognise the dedication of foster carers in the UK were handed out by Edward Timpson MP, Minister for Children and Families, and TV chef Lorraine Pascale, at a special ceremony in London.

Hundreds of foster carers were nominated for the awards, established to mark the 10th anniversary of FosterTalk, a service set up to provide nationwide specialist independent support to foster carers in areas such as legal and financial advice and counselling.

(L to R): Lorraine Pascale, Jeannette Fisher, Edward Timpson MP, Melody Douglas (MD of FosterTalk)

Jeanette, a foster carer with Foster Care Associates, was nominated by her daughter Aimee Carr for her unwavering commitment to make a real difference to the children in her care and ensure they feel part of the family.

Aimee explains: “I nominated my mum for the love she puts into her work. Despite the heartbreak when children leave her care, she loves each and every child and will do anything to see them succeed in life.”

Jeanette said: “I am overwhelmed to receive this award. For me, it is a privilege to be able to care for the children as they bring so much fun and laughter into my life.”

Debbie Smith, Operations Manager of FCA in the North West, said: “Jeanette Fisher is a fantastic example of fostering at its finest and we are so proud to see her receive this prestigious award. She has been a foster carer alongside her husband Peter for five years and they have welcomed into their home and family a number of children and young people, including siblings and children with disabilities. “Children and young people deserve the best opportunity to fulfil their true potential it is thanks to people like Jeanette, stepping forward to give their all to fostering, that this is possible.”

Melody Douglas, managing director of FosterTalk, comments: “We work with foster carers on a daily basis and are proud to be able to recognise the positive impact they make on the lives of others through these awards. We had hundreds of entries which made it very hard for our judges, but this award for Jeanette is well deserved and we hope it inspires other people to consider becoming foster carers.”

Minister for Children and Families, Edward Timpson, who grew up with around 90 foster brothers and sisters, said: “As someone from a foster family, I know how vital it is for foster carers to have access to support as and when they need it – from the moment they welcome a new child into their home to the moment they leave. FosterTalk has provided invaluable help and advice to foster carers over the past 10 years, making sure they have everything they need to provide a stable, loving home. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to both FosterTalk and the foster carers they support for everything they do to make a difference to the lives of foster children.”

Having been fostered at the age of eight, Lorraine Pascale understands what it takes to be a great foster carer. Commenting on her involvement in the awards, she said:

"I am proud to be a part of this celebration which shines a light on the important role that foster carers play in our communities. I know, from personal experience, the transformational difference they can make to the children in their care and the availability of the type of support offered by FosterTalk is crucial to successful placements."

Weekend of tributes to tragic teenage footballer

Amateur football teams across Lancashire are paying respects to teenager Melissa Smith, who died during a match last weekend.

Melissa Smith

The Lancashire Football Association has asked all teams playing in this weekend's County Cup fixtures to hold either a minutes silence, or a minutes applause prior to kick-off to pay tribute to 15 year-old Melissa from Penwortham.


Burnley looking to bounce back against Everton

Sean Dyche is looking to get Burnley back to winning ways Credit: PA

Burnley boss Sean Dyche insists his side have the character to bounce back from their growing streak of disappointments and beat the odds by securing Barclays Premier League survival.

The Clarets go in search of their first top-flight win at their ninth attempt against Everton at Turf Moor on Sunday.

A second-half lapse cost his men dear against West Ham last week but Dyche is adamant there is still the desire within his camp to turn things round.

We believe this group is honest enough to keep learning and not be broken by it. You just get dented and you take the knocks and come off the ropes and get ready to take it again.

We hope to use that mentality wisely over the season and the next step is to use it to learn how to win.

– Sean Dyche, Burnley Manager

Despite Everton's inconsistent start to the season and a midweek trip to France in the UEFA Europa League, Dyche is under no illusions about the difficulties of finally claiming a three-point haul on Sunday.

Police appeal for information about missing teenager

Shanice Romanienko was last seen at Runshaw College in Leyland

Police are appealing for information about a 16-year-old girl who is missing from home in Preston.

Shanice Romanienko was last seen at Runshaw College, Leyland, at around midday on Tuesday 21 October but has not been in touch with family or friends since.

PC Lee Grant from Preston Police said: “We are becoming increasingly concerned about Shanice’s whereabouts and I would appeal to anybody that has seen her or knows where she is to contact us on 101."

Shanice is described as white, 4ft 11ins, slim build with curly, collar length blonde hair that is dyed purple.

Lancashire County Council want more time to consider fracking

Energy firm Cuadrilla is seeking planning permission in four sites in the Flyde area. Credit: PA

Energy firm Cuadrilla is seeking planning permission to drill, hydraulically fracture and test the flow of gas from up to four exploration wells on the sites in the Fylde area.

Councillors at Lancashire County Council were due to make a decision on both applications next month, with drilling likely to start early next year if approved then and fracking to follow several months later.

But now planning officials want the decision deadline to go back to December 31 for the proposed site at Preston New Road in Little Plumpton and to January 31 next year for the similar site at Roseacre Wood in Inskip.

The planners have been working since the applications were received in June to consult with the public and other statutory agencies, and assess the applications, to ensure all the information needed to determine them is put before the Development Control Committee.

The council has now written to Cuadrilla asking for further time to receive, organise, assess, and present all the relevant information for the application to be determined by the committee.

– Lancashire County Council

Test drilling was suspended in the Lancashire's Bowland basin in June 2011, following two earthquakes in the area in April and May of that year, one with a magnitude of 2.3 and the other 1.4, with the epicentre thought to be about 500 metres away from a well in Weeton, Lancashire.

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