READERS can now vote for the Westmorland Gazette in an online poll highlighting the positive power of the local media.

The Gazette's Driving Hospice Care campaign smashed its £36,800 target within six weeks after receiving backing from MPs, councillors and health specialists.

The cash paid for two 4x4 vehicles for St John's Hospice nurses - who make around 5,000 home visits each year but had been struggling to reach patients because of their existing cars' unreliability.

The campaign is one of 30 which have made a difference to the communities they serve and have been included in the Newspaper Society’s Making A Difference showcase as part of Local Newspaper Week. 

Voting closes at midnight tonight (Wednesday) and the winner will be announced at the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards on Friday.

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