VIDEO: How your Free Press is making a difference

Your Doncaster Free Press has always been at the forefront of the community - bringing you the news that matters, week in, week out for nearly 90 years.

Times may have changed in the way we bring you the news but one thing remains the same - and that’s our place right at the very heart of Doncaster and supporting you, our readers.

This week is Local Newspaper Week, an annual initiative by the local newspaper industry to highlight the important role played by local papers in communities across the UK.

Held from 12 to 18 May, this year’s event sees the launch of a new campaign called Making a Difference which showcases the ability of papers like the Doncaster Free Press to make a difference to the lives of ordinary individuals in a way that no other media can.

Whether it’s raising funds for a life-saving operation, keeping a day centre open, campaigning for justice or cleaning up a park, local newspapers - in print, online, on mobile and social media - can bring about real positive change in their communities.

And that’s exactly what we’ve been doing, not just in recent years, but throughout our history.

Your caring Free Press has worked tirelessly with Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust for the last 20 years - and you, our readers, were responsible in finding the money to help the trust raise funds to build the Balby hospice in 1992.

In 2000 you didn’t disappoint again when your generosity funded a £1 million extension in our Millennium Million campaign, and a few years ago you helped cancer patients in need by raising £600,000 for a new scanner at Doncaster Royal Infirmary with our Scan For Life appeal.

And we have been asking you to dig deep once again and prove that Doncaster folk have got what it takes when it comes to being big-hearted charity donors with a £1.8 million appeal to transform the hospice.

The scheme has a funding gap of £500,000 - and readers have busily been doing their bit to help.

Tracey Capper, radiologist at DRI, said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to the Doncaster Free Press and Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust. Since the scanner was installed we have scanned more than 40,000 people.”