Five times Preston caught the world’s imagination in 2014

Posted on - 16th December, 2014 - 8:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities

1. Lou Taylor attacks hotel, goes viral

Louise Taylor (left) and friend at the finish line

Louise Taylor (left) and friend

What we said

Charity worker and Roller derby girl Lou Taylor gained a lot of publicity for the negative review she gave to a hostel in Edinburgh over the summer.

In reality, the hostel owner’s hilarious responses are what sent the story into the mainstream. His customer service in handling the situation was a poor as it was wonderful.
The review from Lou, given on Facebook, went on to receive over 1,000 likes and 2,000 comments.

Picked up by: Buzzfeed, Metro, Dailyrecord, Vancouver Sun, Daily Mail, The Telegraph, Yahoo

2. Person complains charity shop lowering value of house (or “Lou Taylor’s employer is attacked, goes viral”)

Additional signage on the Integrate charity shop on Liverpool Road

Additional signage on the Integrate charity shop on Liverpool Road

What we said

A letter was sent to Integrate Charity Shop back in April that complained the store was selling jeans for £1.50. This, they claimed, was reducing the value of their house by several thousand pounds. Needless to say, most people were a little bit sickened by this claim. Less callous individuals soon rallied around the charity shop and selfishness was hopefully dealt a blow.

Picked up by: ITV, BBC, BT

3. Joe Garner scores the goal of the year


What we said

It’s not very often that a goal from a PNE player trends worldwide. Perhaps the last time would’ve been when David Nugent “scored” for England. Joe Garner’s goal was a strike of such outrageous quality and talent that it somehow felt like it overpowered that fact that Preston failed to reach the Championship that season. A ridiculously good memory for every Preston fan.

Picked up by: Everyone. Still being shared.

4. Bounce by the Ounce video has Jack Whitehall wanting to visit Rumes

What we said

Sometimes Preston catches the imagination in a less than positive way. This is probably one of those times. The video, which also featured a Preston dancefloor legend who couldn’t keep his jaw still, was shared far and wide and had Jack Whitehall and Andrew Flintoff dying to head there (perhaps with tongue-in-cheek). In any event, I’ll stick to Warehouse.

Picked up by: Huffington Post, Metro, Daily Mail, Vice

5. Girl raises thousands for homeless man who offered her his last £3

Dominique, second from left, on the city streets with friends

Dominique, second from left, on the city streets with friends

What we said

The world needs more of this. UCLan student Dominique Harrison-Bentzen was offered £3 by a man to get home on a night out. That man was rough-sleeper Robbie. Tonight (Tuesday, December 16) she will be sleeping rough herself to raise money for the man. At the time of writing, she has raised £12,145 for him. She calls it a “small act of kindness” but this is an incredible achievement and what Preston is all about.

Picked up by: The Independent, Metro, Huffington Post

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