Words of thanks for that daily dose of The News

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Friends and family released balloons on Portsdown Hill on what would have been Katie's 15th birthday on February 4

CHERYL GIBBS: Inspirational Katie touched the hearts of so many in her short life

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IT was good to receive last week an email from a regular reader who decided to tell us how much she enjoys her daily ‘dose’ of The News.

And I’m sure that Ashley Harley of Southsea won’t mind if I share her thoughts with you today.

She wrote as follows: ‘This week I have been thorough an array of emotions.

‘I’ve been inspired by Helen Buteux’s epic 540-mile cycle ride across Thailand for the service charities.

‘I felt heartwarmed by Vincent Lodge’s daughters as they urge us all too dig deep in our pockets for The Rowans Hospice’s Dorothy’s Dream appeal, so that people in their last days can spend those treasured moments being cared for at home.

‘I’ve been boosted by News readers’ support for Micky Evans after he had £9,000 in life savings stolen and who have donated cash to him to help.

‘And I was shocked and saddened by little Ronnie Goodridge who suffers from autism and has had his best friend Marley the Staffordshire bull terrier stolen.

‘All these stories were given to us by our great local informative paper.

‘The News is for you, brought to us by a dedicated hard-working band of people who provide us with a brilliant service throughout our community.

‘How many of us pick up and read our paper without giving a second thought to the many hours that go into to making The News as fantastic as it is?

‘So here’s a big well done to all the wonderful people at The News, from the journalists to the cleaners to the guy on the news stand in Palmerston Road who sells me my paper every day through rain and come shine.’

Kind words indeed Ashley and we are grateful for them.

We take brickbats as well as bouquets (and I am sure that on occasion we earn both) but it was nice to see the way in which one reader encapsulated the essence of what we seek to do on in each edition of the paper.