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NFRN members found themselves making the news as well as selling it this week, as the Daily Express launched its Newsangels campaign.

Similar to the NFRN’s Shop Local, Shop Little Heroes awards, this campaign aims to reward the independent news retailers who went the extra mile for their customers during the coronavirus crisis.

The Express and The National Lottery have partnered to award the winning retailer with £5,000 and 10 runners-up with £1,000 each for their hard work during the pandemic.

The judging panel will be made up of representatives from the Daily Express, Camelot, and our very own National President, Stuart Reddish.

In the article, Stuart was quoted saying:

“In spite of the difficulties and personal risk presented by the pandemic, thousands of retailers have continued to go above and beyond to serve their communities. I am extremely proud of the Federation and our members for the way we have all pulled together.”

The article that announced the campaign also featured short profiles of some NFRN members who each gave back to their local community over the last year. John and Marie Vine of Newsworld in Shropshire, Andrew and Coleen Johnson of Dafarn Nawydd store in Wales, Terry Caton who owns a Londis in Chesterfield, Asiyah and Jawad Javed of Day-Today Express in Falkirk, and Amis Shingadia of Londis Caterways and Post Office in West Sussex all featured in the article.

Newsagents can be nominated via this website: newsangelsawards.co.uk/. When nominating, customers will have to submit up to 150 words on how the newsagent owner has gone above and beyond for their community.

Newsagents do not have to be members of the NRFN or sell lottery tickets to be eligible.

The competition closes at 11.59pm on Sunday  June 20.

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