Sir Captain Tom honoured as 8-page good news newspaper written by students is dedicated to his memory

By Jill Dando News

A good news newspaper written by students has been dedicated to national hero Captain Tom.

The (Good News) Post is going out to thousands of people across Weston-super-Mare and Worle featuring world exclusives, interviews with Fiona Bruce and others, and includes inspirational quotes from Sir Tom.

Written by Jill Dando reporters, it features positive stories from the schools in the community, their aim being to cheer people up.

Sir Tom died last month aged 100 after inspiring Britain and the world with hope with his fund-raising efforts for the NHS and hope-filled attitude.

Olivia, left, and Aimee, right, with Jill Dando students, CEO of The Priory Learning Trust Neville Coles, second right, Emma Barker, second left, and former BBC presenter Emma Britton, third left.

Olivia, 16, Student Editor from Worle Community School Academy, pictured left in above photo, said: “Captain Sir Tom’s actions lit the way for many people over the course of the pandemic. 

“He was a true inspiration who put a smile on so many people’s faces and that’s why we’re dedicating this edition to him.”

The Easter edition of The Post covers a story of a 7 year old girl who is releasing a song to cheer up the world and help mental health charity In Charley’s Memory. It also features an interview with BBC star Fiona Bruce, carried out by students on a Jill Dando TV zoom.

Student Editor Aimee Braithwaite, 14, of Priory Community School Academy, added: “At Jill Dando News, we highlight the positive news to show that there’s a light at the end every tunnel. Tomorrow really will be a good day.”

Nigel Dando right with Jill Dando students

Jill Dando News reporters at The Priory Learning Trust put the newspaper together. 

Jill Dando was a former student of Worle, and rose to become Britain’s best journalist before being murdered in 1999. 

Now dozens of students in her memory are writing good news stories. Jill’s brother Nigel, a professional journalist of 48 years, helps in the training along with other professional reporters.