The Bolton News' Save Bolton Hospice campaign has been nominated for a 'Making a Difference' award.

The nomination coincides with Journalism Matters Week, which highlights and celebrates the role played by local communities across the UK and champions the value of high-quality trusted local journalism.

The week-long campaign runs from October 30 - November 5.

To celebrate the power of local newspapers to campaign for positive change in the communities they serve, the Making a Difference award invites members of the public to vote for their favourite local newspaper campaign from the past year during Journalism Matters week, the NMA’s campaign to highlight the immense value local journalism creates for our society.

The Bolton News: Bolton Hospice Campaign Image: NQ

This year The Bolton News highlighted the desperate situation facing Bolton Hospice, which is running at a £1.2 million loss and could be forced to cut nearly a third of its beds.

The hospice has always relied on people’s generosity - but its need is greater now than ever.

The paper started a campaign which has been backed by individuals to leading companies in Bolton.

Thousands of pounds have been raised through the campaign - with one company inspired to donate £10,000.

The Bolton News: Bolton Hospice Image: Newsquest

Our readers are fundamental in the phenomenal success of our campaign, and they can’t be thanked enough and now The Bolton News is calling upon them once more.

Voting is now open for the Making a Difference award, and we need our readers to show us support and vote for this important campaign.

If you are able to do so, please visit and vote for the  campaign.

Voting closes at 5pm on Wednesday, November 1 with the local and national winners of the online public vote announced later in the week.