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Preston cancer patient runs 6 marathons

A man from Preston is tackling 6 marathons in 6 months while undergoing chemotherapy for incurable Bowel Cancer.

Ben Ashworth was diagnosed 2 years ago and has since been told the disease is incurable.

The father of three wants to give his girls as many memories as possible and has already completed 3 of his 6 marathons.

Our Lancashire reporter Amy Welch has been to meet him:-

And you can find out more about Ben's charity marathons by clicking on the following links:-


City Deal "will create the jobs and housing that we need"

We reached this landmark deal because central government had confidence in our economic potential and our ability to deliver major projects, so it is great to have justified that confidence by being the first of the second wave of City Deals to physically start work.

By freeing Preston and the surrounding area from the shackles of the existing infrastructure we will enable the local economy to really take off and create the jobs and housing that we need.

This is a very exciting time for the Lancashire economy my as a whole."

– Edwin Booth, Chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership

We know that developers and businesses want to invest in Preston and we also know that there is demand for houses from families and professionals but we have been held back because of the lack of infrastructure required to give developments the go ahead.

City Deal will change all that and developments in North West Preston and East Preston are already moving forward.

This is the biggest thing to happen to Preston in decades and will ensure that we establish long term sustainable growth which will deliver, jobs, housing and higher living standards for local people.”

– Councillor Peter Rankin, Leader of Preston City Council

We already knew South Ribble was going places, and had great ambitions for the future.

Working with our friends and neighbours in this way makes us much greater than the sum of our parts, and the City Deal is a wonderful opportunity for us to accelerate our existing aspirations for the growth of our borough.

We will be delighted to welcome new employers and residents, and crucially, we have a plan in place for doing so while maintaining South Ribble’s rural nature.”

– Councillor Margaret Smith, Leader of South Ribble Borough Council

Multi-million growth plan for Lancashire aims to deliver 20,000 new jobs

Preston city centre. Credit: Preston City Council

A £430m scheme to deliver economic growth, new jobs and homes in Lancashire was launched today.

The City Deal is a decade-long plan to create more than 20,000 new jobs and more than 17,000 new homes.

It aims to boost the local economy by £1bn and attract £2.3bn in commercial investment.

Road improvements are at the heart of the City Deal scheme. Credit: Preston City Council

Work has already started on an £8m scheme to cut congestion on the A582, a key route into Preston.

This first phase will widen the road at its junction with Chain House Lane, to provide more lanes for traffic and make it easier for cyclists to use.

Later this month sees an upgrade for the A582 north of Cop Lane to a dual carriageway with improvements to the junction with Leyland Road.


Preston sign keeper Jamie Jones from Leyton Orient

Jamie Jones Credit: PA

Preston North End have agreed to sign Jamie Jones from Leyton Orient.

Jones joins them on a two year contract.

Speaking of the deal, Preston manager Simon Grayson said: “Jamie has had two good years at Orient, being at the top end of the division, being very consistent and he is still young with lots of improving still to be done and we feel he will fit in well to the group.”

Bailey becomes first Preston North End player since Finney to reach the World Cup

Brazil-bound - Bailey Wright Credit: PA Pictures

Preston North End central defender Bailey Wright has become the first player to represent the Lancashire club at the World Cup since Sir Tom Finney.

Wright has been named as one of six defenders in the Socceroos' 23-man squad and, if selected, will be the first PNE man to play in the competition since Sir Tom in Sweden in 1958.

Australia begin their World Cup campaign against Chile on Friday June 13 at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba.

Four year old girl stars in film to help build new Alder Hey hospital

Four year old Megan Fish from Preston is starring in a new film to be shown in cinemas across the North West from today.

She has undergone a number of complex heart operations. Her story is being used to help raise funds to build a new Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool.

For my information about Megan Fish's fundraising click here and if you want to see the new plans for the Alder Hey hospital in the park click here

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