Monday, February 19, 2018

Emma Craigmyle shows Dan Kennerley what’s to come, while Wayne Robinson looks on!

What better way to celebrate St Valentine’s Day than by pledging to raise £100 for what is possibly the best-loved charity in Tameside and Glossop – Willow Wood Hospice?

Yes, we’re asking you to share your love with us, and to raise at least £100 over the year.  You can do this any way you want – one of our fantastic volunteers Wayne Robinson has just turned 70 and has decided to celebrate by getting his first tattoo! As he said “I’ve secretly always fancied a tattoo, and decided that if I don’t do it now I never will.  I’ve been inspired to have the Manchester bee, and am asking people to sponsor me – once I’ve reached my target the money will go straight to Willow Wood and I’ll go under the needle!”

Volunteers Joanne and Chris Hinds (Pictured left) have committed to raise a Ton of Love by organising various events throughout the year, including another of their very popular quizzes at Curzon Ashton FC on 23 February. Joanne said “We hope to get well over the £100, that’s just the starting point.  We’re raising funds in memory of my auntie, Beryl Hand and to recognise the commitment and care given by all staff and volunteers.

And brave member of staff Dan Kennerley has committed to having his legs waxed, actually at Willow Wood Hospice! “I’m even going to have this filmed for the Willow Wood Facebook page, please watch it – it might move you to sponsor me!”

There are many ways to raise these funds.  You can take inspiration from the examples above or come up with your own way.  What about £100 for 100k? Start totalling up the distance you cover at your spin class, add up your lengths at the pool or from your morning jog – you’ll soon get there!

Organise an afternoon tea, a garden party, a gunge the boss day.  Do a dress down Friday at work or your own bake-off challenge.  Take part in a marathon, a 10k, a Tough Mudder, there are many to choose from.

Whatever you do for us, we’d love to hear about it and will help in any way we can.  To join in with Ton of Love please contact Chris Hayden on 0161 330 7788 or – let’s spread the love throughout the whole of Tameside & Glossop.

If you’d like to sponsor Wayne or Dan please go to their sponsor pages: or  and tickets for the Quiz are available by ringing Joanne on 07772 786704



A local charity which grants terminally ill adults their dying wish of marrying their partners have announced that they are holding a fundraising ‘Dream Makers Ball’ in April this year in aid of ‘Gift of a Wedding’

Gift of a Wedding is a local UK charity recognised and valued for the work they undertake – providing completely free wedding services to people diagnosed with terminal illnesses, regardless of age, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

The charity was created, established and launched in 2013/14 by Patricia Harrison who has since been joined by professionals from the wedding, medical and charity sectors who came together to further enhance the distinctive non-profit organisation.

Victoria Wright, Events Volunteer at ‘Gift of a Wedding’, said “We hope that as many people as possible will support us by attending the ‘Dream Makers Ball”

“On the evening of 14th April 2018, we will be hosting our first-ever charity ball at Radisson Blu Edwardian – Manchester  and we are asking local businesses to kindly donate items which will be used for raffle and auction prizes. Our aim is to have a fun yet informative evening spreading the word of what we do and raising funds for the charity to continue doing what we do.”

She went on to say, “These are early days for the function, but if the initial feedback and pledges of support are anything to go by, then we’ll definitely make plans to make it an annual fixture. Over the next few years, we hope to encourage and develop further support from our wonderful local public and the business community in raising both funds and the profile of our unique charity.”

Patricia Harrison, speaking about the ‘Gift of a Wedding’ charity, added, “Not all of the wishes we receive are big things, most are quite simple, in my experience getting involved in the planning and looking forward to a special event can provide a fantastic relief from painful procedures and therapies associated with terminal illness. It is so heart-warming to see how amidst such dark times a special day can bring a ray of light!”
The Dream Makers Ball is on 14th April 2018 takes place in the centre of Manchester at the 5 star Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel.

Ticket price £65 per person, with details of sponsorship packages available – email:

There will be a drinks reception from 6.45pm then the 3 course meal will be from 7.30pm and a live band and disco until 12.30 – 1.00am 

Hosting this fabulous night of celebration, will be television weathergirl, Emma Jesson who will be conduct and compare lots of fantastic auction prizes.

If you want to know more about ‘Gift of a Wedding, then please visit their website:

Save the evening of 14th April 2018 for the social event of the year, where the charity aims to raise very much needed funds for a fantastic cause!

Stalybridge ‘Good Samaritan’ Angela Wild was greeted by pop star Peter Andre, family, friends and a crowd of hundreds of cheering neighbours, after her home was given a makeover as a treat for her charity and community service.

The singer and presenter – whose biggest hit is ‘Mysterious Girl’ – fronts the show 60 Minute Makeover, where homeowners are nominated for DIY experts to give their house a new look in their absence.

The English-born Australian singer, songwriter, businessman, presenter and television personality was on hand with a film crew to capture Angela’s surprise on her return.

Viewers can see for themselves when the show airs on Tuesday, February 13 at 7pm on the Discovery channel Quest Red (Freeview channel 38, Sky channel 162 and Virgin channel 215).

Angela has raised thousands for charity, including £40,000 for Willow Wood Hospice to thank them for the care given to her late mother-in-law Kathleen Wild and £10,000 for Breast Cancer Care, plus thousands for other local charities including Macmillan, The Anthony Seddon Fund and TOG Mind as well as helping elderly people in the community.

That’s on top of her work at Tameside Council, which includes supporting campaigns to end loneliness, Dementia Friends and Dying Matters.

After she organised fundraising events for flooding victims, friend Jane Peet decided it was time Angela was rewarded – nominating her for the show.

Husband Steve and neighbours helped with the organisation, while keeping Angela in the dark.

While the work took place in October, she was taken for a spa stay by friend Jo Hinds, a Willow Wood volunteer.

Family, friends and charity representatives including Macmillan Nurses, lined Springs Lane on their return, with Angela fearing there had been a major accident.

She said: “Peter Andre appeared and gave me a hug and asked ‘do you know what’s happening?’ and I said ‘I do now!’ Peter was just so genuine and really cared.”

The ‘I’m a Celebrity …’ veteran told Steve “what a wonderful person you have here” and commented as Angela made tea “you don’t stop do you?”

Even Archie, six, a boy with cerebral palsy who Angela helped buy an adapted trike for, was there and she was also presented with a card signed by everyone at Willow Wood in memory of her mother-in-law.

“It was quite emotional,” said Angela. “All the family were there.”

Angela was taken to her front room with her eyes closed. She said: “It was an absolute transformation. I had been mithering my husband about needing to modernise. I could not have asked for anything better. Everything is perfect.”

And a spare bedroom had been revamped into a charity room complete with computer table and chairs – which Angela is using to continue her charity work.

Angela added: “I was on a rollercoaster afterwards with people stopping me and asking about it. It’s nice to be recognised for what I’m doing but I don’t do it for rewards, I just want to help and support the community.”


Good causes thousands of miles apart will benefit from the bulk of the cash raised by the latest Glossop Jog.

At the annual presentation night, a cheque for £4,500 went to the ‘Winnie Mabaso Foundation’ which supports aid work in South Africa; while £1,500 was handed to ‘Heads Together’, the support group in Glossop for anyone who is living with the affects of a stroke or head injury.

Last October’s Jog raised £6,600. The remaining £600 being distributed to other local charities.

The latest amount takes the total raised by the Glossop Rotary Club since the annual sponsored event started in 1978, to £230,000.

The presentation night at Glossop’s Windy Harbour Farm Hotel was also a chance to acknowledge the part played by Glossopdale people in raising the money.

Duke of Norfolk Primary School pupil Lilly Tilleke, who for the second successive year raised £208, was given the Peter Wood Rotary Shield which goes to the Duke’s people coming up with the most sponsor money.

The Duke of Norfolk also retained the club’s Schools’ Shield for the school which raised the highest amount – this time it was £2,240.

Other awards went to Glossop hairdressers’ Team Arturo, the Glossop hairdressers who completed the most laps and were the non-school team who came up with the most money.

Framed certificates also went to local schools for entering teams and raising money.

These included: Duke of Norfolk’s, Glossopdale School, St James C of E, St Philip Howard, St Luke’s Primary, St Mary’s Primary, St Charles’ Primary, All Saints Primary and Hadfield Infants, with club president Karen Rigg presenting them.

Also receiving a certificate were Henry Street Harriers.

Gaynor and Barrie Powney, who has been organising the jog for years, thanked everyone who took part and those who sponsored them.


Pictured left to right are Anthony Seddon’s mother Donna Thomas and her husband Brian Thomas, Paul Westwell of Bromleys

A Tameside charity which supports people with mental health problems has received a cash boost from Bromleys Solicitors.

Staff chose The Anthony Seddon Fund as the firm’s charity of the year for 2017 and raised £1,353.18 to support its activities and projects.

Anthony, who lived in Ashton, took his own life in 2013 at the age of 30 after a 12-year battle with bipolar disorder.

His family set up the charity in his memory to raise money to improve the quality of life of people with mental illness and their relatives, friends and carers.

It also campaigns to increase awareness about the issue, in particular among young people.

Bromleys partner Paul Westwell said: “The Anthony Seddon Fund provides invaluable assistance to people suffering from various forms of mental health issues and we are delighted to have supported this excellent charity.

“It’s right on our doorstep and, although our 12-month commitment has come to an end, we have forged a close friendship and will continue to support them where we can and remain involved with them.”

Anthony’s mum Donna said: “Small charities like ours are in desperate need of core funding and our thanks go to Bromleys for their amazing fundraising efforts.

“We’ve had such fun working with the team and everyone has been so welcoming and supportive.”

Staff at Bromleys has voted Francis House Children’s Hospice as the firm’s charity of the year for 2018.

Francis House supports more than 460 children and young adults with life-limiting conditions and their families from across Greater Manchester.

Lauren Taylor, of Bromleys’ charity committee, said: “We’re delighted to be raising money for Francis House this year.

“Everyone at the firm loves getting involved in our charity events and activities. They are fun and help to boost staff engagement, as well as being a great way to raise funds and increase awareness of a good cause.”

Emma Rapley of Francis House said: “We are most grateful to Bromleys for making this commitment to our charity and we look forward to working with the team throughout the year.

“We get very little government funding, so we rely on the support of the local community and organisations to ensure that we can continue to provide a free service to the families who need us most.”



Wayne Coyle, Tropical Palms owner is a Cancer Champion.

An award winning Droylsden salon is urging Tameside residents to follow its style in helping people with cancer.

35-year-old Wayne Coyle, who runs Tropical Palms hair and beauty in Droylsden with wife Laura, 25, is a Cancer Champion and is urging others to sign up too.

Cancer Champions are ordinary people who want to use their experience and knowledge to support those at risk of developing cancer or who have been recently diagnosed.

The cause is close to the couple’s hearts as Laura’s mum, Pam Nightingale, had breast cancer twelve years ago and was diagnosed with secondary spine cancer two years ago.

The popular salon on Chappell Road is home to Better Days, an official provider of wigs to people battling cancer.

Wayne has signed up as a Cancer Champion, who gets involved with local communities to talk openly about cancer and share important messages.

The businessman said: “I visit cancer groups and try to be proactive. We are here to support people and want to raise more awareness.”

Urging others to join in, he added: “It’s a great cause. At some point everyone is affected one way or another by cancer these days and it takes a strong person to stand out from the crowd and do something. Everyone who contributes and supports people makes it much easier to deal with.”

The family business, which includes hairdressing and barbershop training courses, features the not-for-profit Community Interest Company, Community Cuts, which provides free haircuts for over 60s and other disadvantaged groups in Tameside.

Following this, the couple, who live in Droylsden with their sons Damian, 6, and Freddie, 3, were considering what they could do to help people with cancer when they were approached by Macmillan about the Better Days scheme.

Patients are given an NHS prescription book an appointment at the salon, which can order wigs in a range of styles and colours. Fittings are carried out in a private wig room by a professional hairdresser to give a personal, flexible and expert service. The stylish new look can be a big boost to patients.

Wayne said: “It’s relatively new but is becoming highly successful with a steady stream of clients. We want to be the number one service provider and make Tameside the best option for people to come to.”

Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group is backing Greater Cancer Champions in line with its Care Together programme, which includes improving self-care and encouraging healthier lifestyles.

Dr Alan Dow, chair of T&G CCG, said: “Cancer Champions will help spread healthy messages and give invaluable support to enable people to take charge of their wellbeing and utilise services and care closer to home in the community. It’s a fantastic scheme and I would urge more people to become a Cancer Champion.”

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership’s Cancer Champions scheme, led by Voluntary Sector North West, aims to sign up 20,000 people. Cancer survival rates are improving across Greater Manchester with the chance of surviving a year after diagnosis up from 58 per cent in 2000 to 69.9 per cent in 2013 with an ambition to increase it to 75 per cent by 2020.

You don’t need to be an expert, just to want to play a part, and it doesn’t take much time. You can get involved by volunteering with a local group, talking about your experiences, facilitating feedback or encouraging people to reduce unhealthy behaviours, visit their GP if they have symptoms and take up cancer screening invitations. It can be as simple as talking to your friends and family about it. The aim is to encourage people to attend screenings, reduce stigma and ultimately save lives. Training resources are available.

It takes a few minutes to sign up at For more details on Better Days visit


The SAS in Scouting is short of volunteer helpers, not the Special Air Services but Scouts Active Support Unit.

It is similar, but the Scout helpers don’t have parachutes to drop in, but they do drop in to help Scouting and at events.

The Scouts Active Support unit is a group of people that help Scouts now and again, not every week like Leaders. They don’t have to become Scout Leaders on wear a uniform, they are people that help at events like competitions judging, marshalling or adding up scores, they also help out at camps, but don’t have to stay overnight in tents, but they do help with training if they have a skill they could pass onto the Scouts or Leaders

Occasionally they stand as chairmen/women, secretaries or treasurers at meetings; they play an active roll in helping the recruitment of Scouts and Leaders with the PRATTS (Public Relations and Trailer Team Scouts) They also step-in when people are away and even perform the extremely important role of brewing up sometimes.

The volunteer role list can be very large with many different roles to help Scouting and it can be from two hours a year to as many hours as you can fit in with your own lifestyle or work shift patterns.

The SAS is suitable for older people who would like to help Scouting. A great why of getting them out of the house, becoming active again and making new friends, as our older community has many skills that are not being used.

If you or you know of a older person is interested in the SAS then contact

Tel: 07931765120 or go to for further information.


Greater Manchester’s faith and community leaders have come together to declare zero tolerance of female genital mutilation (FGM).

At an event to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM (Tuesday 6 February), faith and community representatives signed a pledge cementing their commitment to help end the illegal practice by raising awareness within their organisations and places of worship, and protecting and empowering girls and young women to seek support and speak out.

Although illegal in the UK, more than 2,000 girls living in Greater Manchester are estimated to be at risk. Between April 2016 and March 2017, 765 cases of FGM were identified by local health professionals*. Many women are forced to live with the long term impacts of the procedure, including gynaecological problems and mental health issues.

Unfortunately, due to the ‘hidden’ nature of the crime, the true number of victims is unknown.

Greater Manchester has made great strides in tackling this issue including: training more than 1,000 frontline staff across health, education and community and voluntary sectors; commissioning a specialist medical screening service for women and children; and the launch of the Guardian Project, which coordinates care and support for young girls affected by or at risk of female genital mutilation. This service has supported more than 80 people in its first year.

A year to this day, Greater Manchester also became the first UK city-region to declare zero tolerance of FGM.

Opening the event today, Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester Bev Hughes said: “Today, we share Greater Manchester’s journey to tackle FGM and cement our commitment to continuing our work to protect and empower women and young girls affected by this abhorrent crime. Our faith, community and voluntary partners have been instrumental in this work so far and I look forward to strengthening our relationship as we continue on our path to eradicating FGM. Together we send a clear, united message that FGM has no place in our communities.”

The Greater Manchester FGM Forum leads regional efforts to combat FGM, and is supported and governed by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. It brings together multiple public agencies and voluntary organisations to combat the practice, support victims and provide a robust and consistent response for victims across the region’s public services.

Jaria Hussain-lala, Chair of the Greater Manchester FGM Forum, said: “The Greater Manchester FGM Forum has been at the forefront on this issue and over the last six years we have made great progress, and become a national model of good practice in addressing FGM. A firm commitment by all our partner agencies together with the political support has enabled this agenda to be given a priority within many work areas.

“However we do still have challenges. One of which is raising awareness within all communities of the support available to victims within the region, as the number coming forward to access support does not reflect the number of victims affected. I am hoping today’s event will address some of this gap as faith and community leaders pledge to raise awareness of FGM and support services.”

Attendees at the event heard about the work of the Guardian Project including the experiences of a peer mentor who works within communities to raise awareness of the issue and supports women and young girls who have been affected by FGM.

Peggy Mulongo, Project Manager at the Guardian Project added: “Working towards zero tolerance, Greater Manchester has been successful in piloting a new initiative that meets the recommendations of the current multi-agency statutory guidance on FGM, standardising FGM response and addressing the gap in support and service provision that is culturally competent.

“Working hand in hand with local authorities, health, education and third sector agencies, we are proud to ensure a clear and effective coordination of care and support for girls and young women affected by FGM through the Guardian Project, aiming to effectively and permanently prevent FGM in Greater Manchester.”

For more information and advice on FGM please visit or contact the Guardian Project on 07449651677 /

And they’re off – participants at the start of the first Big Bike Ride

Willow Wood’s Big Bike Ride is coming back for 2018 and will be bigger and better than ever.  This year there will be a choice of four different routes to ensure that the whole family can take part, from the novice cyclist who may not be ready to take to the open road to the most experienced riders who relish a real challenge.

Anthony Lord, head of income generation & marketing explained: “We’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with Tour de Manc to help us deliver the best cycling experience for our supporters.  Tour de Manc is a not for profit organisation, its run by volunteers and it has a similar ethos to Willow Wood – it’s all about living your life to the fullest”.

Chris Hayden, community fundraiser agreed. “Over the past two years our Big Bike Ride has raised over £33,000 and by joining forces we are able to give our cyclists the support they deserve.  There’ll be better routes, better signage and better back-up on the road – we’ll even be providing a mechanic for minor repairs along the way.”

The first of the four routes is on a 1km flat cycle track, and so is suitable for young or inexperienced cyclists; it will be totally up to them whether they stick to one circuit or go for the maximum of 8km.  We may even be able to loan entrants a bike if they don’t have their own – a great offer if it’s been a few years since you’ve cycled, but would like to join the team raising funds for Willow Wood in this way.

The 16km route may be the one for you if you cycle for fun and fitness, while there are a couple of A roads it’s mainly on quieter roads and country lanes.   If you’re a bit more experienced and ready for a challenge then you can continue along a 35km route which does incorporate some testing hills.

The final route is 48km with some significant inclines; at the highest point you will have reached around 400m above sea level, so it’s not for the faint-hearted!

Chris said: “We’d love to see as many of our Big Bikers as possible again this year, so put Sunday 20 May in your diaries.  Online booking will be opening very soon, so keep in touch with us on social media – numbers will be limited and we don’t want you to miss out.”


Christmas memories are far from fading for ‘Santa’ Rod Howat who is just back from his latest mercy mission to Bosnia.

For the big-hearted pensioner saw close up how much the simple presents from generous folk from across the region meant to the pitifully poor children in townships near Tusla.

And the charity champ, who was unable to make his festive visit last year after suffering a heart attack and undergoing surgery, wasn’t going to let a dose of the flu stop him this time!

He said: “The children went berserk when they saw me and the presents, whooping and shouting, they were so happy.

“I made sure all the children received presents suitable to their age and whether they were a boy or girl.

“I put them in plastic bags which I took and gave them to the families I know.

“Others I put on big trestle tables in the villages.

“The children knew when I would be there, notices saying when I was arriving would be put up on posters and walls.”

Rod, 75,  who drove his Land Rover all the way from his Glossop home to Bosnia, also kept gifts back for the country’s street children.

“I drove to the places, where the children live rough and gave them their presents…when they saw me they rushed out.”

Rod, who was born and brought up in Oldham and had businesses in Oldham and Hyde, also crammed his Land Rover with 500 pairs of shoes, all given by people locally.

They had all been dropped off at the Timpson’s outlet that Matt Wilde from Stalybridge, runs adjacent to Tesco’s on Glossopbrook Road.

Many freely repaired by Mike in his spare time.

Rod who started his mercy missions more than 25 years ago, suffered a heart attack around a year back, but was determined to make his Santa run.

Still not feeling completely well he had booked over-night accommodation stays all the way to Bosnia.

But ferry problems caused a missed booking which meant one over night sleep in the Land Rover wedged between shoes and toys in sub-zero temperatures.

With the flu that hit Britain sweeping eastern Europe it was tough going, with Rod himself falling ill, but he refused to give up.