This is the biggest challenge the North Somerset Times has ever faced. I’m asking for your help to overcome it.

PUBLISHED: 11:19 22 May 2020

Crockerne Primary School pupils receiving books from the Books For Schools campaign.

Crockerne Primary School pupils receiving books from the Books For Schools campaign.


Dear reader

Have you heard the phrase ‘news desert’? It’s been coined in America to describe what is left behind when a newspaper closes down and the community it served is suddenly left without a source of credible and comprehensive news and information.

You can guess what happens next in those places when the vital scrutiny that a campaigning, investigative local newspaper provides is gone; when no-one is there to shine a light on that which is hidden from the public.

I’m determined that North Somerset will never become a news desert – and I need your help to stop it happening.

That’s why I’m asking you to give your financial support to our work. You can contribute any amount you like, as a one-off or a recurring contribution.

Why am I asking this now?

More of you are reading North Somerset Times than ever before, and increasingly that is on your mobile phones, tablets and laptops rather than in print.

We’re delighted to serve so many of you – but please understand that trusted journalism costs money to produce, and the money we make from digital page views is a fraction of that from paper sales.

Our advertising revenues have also been hit by the tech giants, many of whom pay little or no tax here.

Still, we are determined to continue to keep fighting for you and our area.

In recent years, the North Somerset Times worked with local politicians to successfully campaign for extra funding for North Somerset’s schools, health services, the police and North Somerset Council.

We helped mobility charity Motivation to raise £100,000 to improve the lives of disabled children in Uganda, by providing low-cost wheelchairs and training courses.

The Times also gave out 2,000 books to primary schools in North Somerset through its Books For Schools campaign.

So please help us with a contribution to supporting award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Every single gesture of support will help us make sure North Somerset does not become a news desert.

Thank you

Vicky Angear

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