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New PR chief for Border Agency, South Bristol launches stop-smoking drive.

The UK Border Agency has appointed Debbie Porter as deputy director of communications. Until last week she was head of policy communications at the Department for International Development.

South Bristol Primary Care Trust is launching a six-week campaign next January to help local residents stop smoking. The campaign will involve six face-to-face brand ambassadors in different locations in Bristol approaching smokers and talking to them about the services available. The ambassadors will be aiming to sign up ten people per day to the scheme.

NHS County Durham has appointed a new head of communications and PR. Mary Bewley joins from her role as head of communications and marketing for Impact, which oversees Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees primary care trusts, all in Teesside. Bewley's new role includes a remit to build brand recognition as the local leader of the NHS, to manage relationships with healthcare providers, and to lead social marketing approaches in health prevention.

Brighton & Hove City Council has run a series of online 'teaser ads' on YouTube to promote the city's first-ever all night cultural festival on 25 October, which attracted more than 15,000 people. In the space of a week the online ad generated over 3,400 viewers, of which 2,800 went on to the council's website.

Amanda Nelson, a Cheshire County Council press officer, has died after a short and sudden illness. She worked as launch editor of in-house magazine Our Cheshire and Your Cheshire. Nelson was previously a press officer for Merseyside Police, and senior reporter at the Cheshire Chronicle.

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