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web_atnSusan Black, Liverpool FC Communications Director, presents All Together NOW! founder and editor Tom Dowling, seated, and other finalists with their awards

All Together NOW! gained another top accolade last night at a glittering O2 North West Media Awards ceremony, held at Chester Racecourse

Judges congratulated the free charity newspaper on its 11th anniversary and “for continuing to provide an essential communications platform for those with disabilities.

“The fact that half of Britain’s 11 million disabled people are not connected to the internet shows just how valuable this bright, well designed newspaper is to its readership.

“The panel endorsed the comments made (by Sir Bert Massie) about the publication which said:

“This is much more than a newspaper – it is the key that opens a thousand doors.”

All Together NOW! editor Tom Dowling said: “This is another fantastic boost for our small team – and a fitting tribute to our loyal partners who firmly believe in our work.

“In these days when hundreds of newspapers are closing all across the UK, it’s almost unbelievable that we are still around.

“Trying to keep a free charity newspaper going is incredibly tough – but the combined effort to stay afloat is so vital.

“All Together NOW! is the only paper of its kind in the UK that’s helping huge numbers of people affected by ill health and disability. We have half a million readers, but we could easily double that very quickly – if we had the resources.

“What we have been able to achieve over these past 11 years has only been possible to the tremendous and ongoping support we get from people at The Morgan Foundation, United Utilities, Park Group, Liverpool Community Health Trust, and both Merseyside and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services.

“But we now urgently need to attract more support. If we can do that, there is no telling how many more people will benefit from the paper.”

All Together NOW! was Highly Commended in the Specialist Publication of the Year category, won by the Liverpool Echo’s Hillsborough supplement.

O2 Media Awards North West 2016 Roll of Honour

Broadcast Presenter of the Year

Mick Coyle – Radio City

Highly Commended

Mike Hall – ITV News Granada Reports

Lucy Meacock – ITV News Granada Reports

Community Journalism Award

Michelle Livesey – Key 103

Highly Commended

Sarah Collins – 2BR

Westmorland Gazette

Daily Newspaper of the Year

Liverpool Echo

Highly Commended

Daily Post

News & Star

Lancashire Evening Post

Team of the Year (Broadcast)

BBC Radio Merseyside

Highly Commended

BBC Radio Cumbria

2 BR

Team of the Year (Print)

Lancashire Evening Post

Highly Commended

Liverpool Echo

Crewe Chronicle

Feature Writer of the Year

Richard Ault – The Sentinel Stoke

Highly Commended

Aasma Day – Lancashire Evening Post

Roger Lytollis – The Cumberland News

Free Distribution Newspaper

Midweek Visiter

Highly Commended

Tarporley News

Southport Champion

On-Line Media Award

ITV News Granada Reports

Highly Commended

Liverpool Echo (What’s On)

Warrington Guardian

Liverpool Echo (Hillsborough)

News Reporter of the Year (Print)

Phil Coleman – Cumberland News

Highly Commended

Catherine Musgrove – Lancashire Evening Post

Aasma Day – Lancashire Evening Post

Todd Fitzgerald – Manchester Evening News

News Reporter of the Year (Broadcast)

Rob Smith – ITV News Granada Reports

Highly Commended

Ben Schofield – BBC North West Tonight / BBC Radio Merseyside

Matt O’Donoghue – ITV News Granada Reports

Images of the Year

Peter Byrne – Press Association

Highly Commended

Darren Robinson – Oldham Chronicle

Ian Cooper – Liverpool Echo

Colin Lane – Trinity Mirror

Radio Journalist of the Year

Michelle Livesey – Key 103

Highly Commended

Adam Phillips – Radio City

Richard Stead – BBC Radio Manchester

Emma Thomas – BBC Radio Stoke

Scoop of the Year

Tom Davidson – Daily Post

Highly Commended

Ben Schofield – BBC North West Tonight / BBC Radio Merseyside

Ken Bennett – Oldham Chronicle

Dale Haslam – Bolton News

Specialist Publication of the Year

Liverpool Echo – Hillsborough

Highly Commended

All Together Now

The Sentinel Stoke – The Way We Were

Tameside Reporter – School Newspapers

Best Website (Joint winners)

Liverpool Echo

Lancashire Telegraph

Highly Commended

North West Evening Mail

Southport Visiter

Specialist Reporter

Aasma Day – Lancashire Evening Post

Highly Commended

Joe Thomas – Liverpool Echo

Andy Gill – BBC North West Tonight

Stefanie Hall – Lancashire Evening Post

Sports Journalist

Jon Colman – News & Star

Highly Commended

Mike Hall – ITV News Granada Reports

Chris Hall – ITV News Granada Reports

Dave Powell – Chester Chronicle

Television Journalist

Clare Fallon – BBC North West Tonight

Highly Commended

Arif Ansari – BBC North West Tonight

Dan Hewitt – ITV News Granada Reports

Matt O’Donoghue – ITV News Granada Reports

Weekly Newspaper Reporter

Oliver Clay – Runcorn Weekly News

Highly Commended

Lee Wild – Tameside Reporter

Dale Haslam – The Bolton News

Rachel Howarth – Knutsford & Northwich Guardians

Weekly Newspaper of the Year

Cumberland News

Highly Commended

Workington Times & Star

Tameside Reporter

Cumberland & Westmorland Herald

Crewe Chronicle

Magazine of the Year

CN Magazines – Cumbria Life

Highly Commended

Westmorland Gazette – Limited Edition

Oldham Chronicle – Oldham Business Edge

CN Magazines – Carlisle Living

Young Journalist

Sam Yarwood – Manchester Evening News

Highly Commended

Todd Fitzgerald – Manchester Evening News

Sarah Hodgson – Daily Post

Josh Parry – Liverpool Echo

Jonathan Robinson – North West Evening Mail

O2 Stand Out Award

Bill Jacobs – Lancashire Telegraph

Highly Commended

Tom Murphy – Westmorland Gazette

Dianne Gibbons – The Sentinel Stoke

Jim Sharpe – Southport Champion

O2 Lifetime Achievement Awards

Eric Langton – Trinity Mirror

Steve Becker – BBC Radio Lancashire