Making a Difference - National

Making a Difference highlights the power of news media titles to campaign for positive change. Earlier this week, an online vote was held to determine which local and national campaigns from the past year are the public's favourites.

The winners will be announced on Friday 9 October. Browse the local campaigns here

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Helen's Law

In 2015 the Daily Mirror launched the campaign for Helen's Law to support grieving mother Marie McCourt. Her daughter Helen, 22, was murdered in 1988 and her body has never been found. Marie wanted to ensure that the perpetrators who refuse to reveal the location of their victims' bodies are not granted parole from life sentences.

Over 600,000 members of the public supported the proposals by signing a petition which Marie handed to then Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street.

Over the next three years the Mirror spearheaded the campaign by publishing a series of articles calling for the law to be changed. By 2018, the campaign's pressure had built so much that the Ministry of Justice confirmed it was working with Marie to make changes.

Justice Secretary David Gauke announced a new law, named after Helen, which would place a legal duty on judges to consider "failure to disclose the site of a victim's remains" when considering parole applications.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson included the new law as a Bill in his first Queen's Speech, saying it recognised the pain suffered by grieving families.