Monday, June 18, 2018

Woody getting ready to sell some tickets for the World Cup Winners!

Will you be a World Cup Winner with Willow Wood? Enter the draw and you could win £2,000 or one of 49 other cash prizes.

Yes, Friday 13 July will be lucky for someone, as the Willow Wood mascot ‘Woody’ will pick the winning ticket at exactly 1pm and you’ll be able to hear this live on air, as Tameside Radio will be broadcasting the draw.

Tickets are just a £1, and can be bought at the Willow Wood reception; at any of their eight High Street shops, or online.

To have a chance of being a Willow Wood winner, just go to and follow the link on their home page and buy your tickets quickly and securely. You’ll also have the knowledge that as well as being in with a chance to win a cash prize, you’ll be helping Willow Wood continue their vital, specialised, loving care for the people of Tameside and Glossop.

Every single penny will go directly to the Hospice, where it takes over £6,800 every day to maintain their services, including their dementia service and START Clinic, where they help those with life-limiting illnesses to live their life to the fullest and, of course, our end-of-life care.

Willow Wood is at the forefront of Hospice care and they couldn’t continue to expand and develop their innovative range of services without the support of the community.

Thanks go to those who have already bought their tickets – and we wish them good luck with the draw!


Willow Wood staff Carl & Vicky showing just how to fill a bag for a fiver!

Willow Wood’s clearance sales have now become a regular monthly event, and are looked forward to eagerly by those fabulous Willow Wood supporters who have a real eye for a bargain.

Items on sale at their Distribution Centre, which is based on Langham Street, Ashton, OL7 9AX, range from furniture to fashion, toys to toasters, crystal to china and a whole lot more besides!  And bargain hunters can pick up a huge bag full of clothes for just £5 and with shoes and handbags from just £1. In fact, if you shop wise, the whole family can have new outfits in time for summer.

All their electrical goods on offer have been checked and certified as safe to use, and if you like to read or collect vinyl there are hundreds of books and records to choose from.

So, if you need a dining room table, games for the kids or just love a good deal make sure you’re at Willow Wood’s next clearance sale on Friday 22 June.

It starts sharp at 10am right the way through to 3pm.



Diners turned out in force to help make the latest Mossley SOUP community crowdfunding dinner another record-breaker.

On Thursday 7 June, more than 120 diners attended the fifth Mossley SOUP event at Emmaus Mossley, raising £930 for the winning project. Michelle Phillips with Mossley Social Club for Disabled Adults secured the most votes and walked away with all the money raised on the night.

Michelle said: “I nervously took the stage at Mossley SOUP to present a cause close to my heart. I was presenting on behalf of Mossley Social Club for Disabled Adults, where my brother attends regularly. The evening was very well attended and everyone there was very supportive and welcoming.

“We were extremely fortunate to be the lucky winners of the evening and I was overwhelmed with amount raised. The money will make a huge impact to the members and will provide even more amazing memories.”

Diners donated £5 each in return for soup, live music, presentations from four local projects and a vote for their favourite project. Additional funds were raised through a raffle with prizes donated by Cotton Clouds, Dinnerstone Uppermill, The White Hart at Lydgate, The Navigation Inn, Alan & Viv’s English Fish & Chips and Saddleworth Wine Vault.

Each of the four project presenters had four minutes to share their idea followed by four questions from the audience. Fellow presenters included Derek Mayall with Children’s Theatre in the MOAT, Pat Foster from Mossley Action for Elderly and Sally Hamer with Mossley Community Orchard.

In addition to the four project presentations, Mossley SOUP diners enjoyed live music from Jon Mambo and members of Night Host and a guest talk from Cara Schofield from Tots R Us Playgroup, winners of the third Mossley SOUP.

Soup choices at the event included Asparagus, Leek, Tomato, Garlic & Chilli and Low-carb Vegetable. The soups were prepared by local volunteers Dave, Lesley and Rory with ingredients and bread donated by R Noone & Son Ltd, local vegetable suppliers Diane and Neil, and Buckley’s Bakery.

Michelle added: “I can’t express how grateful I am to everyone involved and who supported me and I can’t wait to share the experiences at the next SOUP event. On the back of this I have also received many offers of support and donations for the club and would encourage anyone considering applying to go for it!”

Mossley SOUP is organised by local volunteers with support from Mossley Town Council, The Mayor of Mossley and Emmaus Mossley. Project ideas are being sought from individuals, artists, community groups, charities and new business start-ups for the next Mossley SOUP event in October.

For more information, to submit a proposal and for details of future Mossley SOUP events, head to


With that time of year again rapidly approaching, when everyone in the world gets obsessed with football, football fans, young and old, can get their fill of the glorious game by booking their place at one of the many, charity matches and ‘end of season’ tournaments due to be held at Hyde United’s Ewen Fields stadium.

  • Starting this week on Wednesday 13th June, Greater Manchester Police are holding a charity match which kicks off at 5.00pm.
  • Saturday and Sunday the 16th and 17th June, sees the club playing host to ‘The Little Sports Coaching Tournament, which will run each day from 9.00am till 6.00pm.
  • Saturday 23rd June, kicking off at 3.00pm, there’s the ‘Once upon a Smile’ charity match and evening event where spectators can cheer on the many actors, musicians and ex-professional footballers who all give their time and show off their footy skills to help raise much needed funds. Further details can be found by visiting their website.


  • Sunday 1st July, is the Michael Hoolickin Memorial Cup, prepared by the all-star team organiser Tony Steenson. This promises to be a fantastic Charity Match; -great entertainment for the whole family where you can cheer on some of characters from TV’s All Stars and featuring some of this country’ hottest and most talented ex-professional players.

  • Sunday 8th July, they will host another football event arranged by Richard O’Kell from 2.00pm till 4.00pm.
  • Saturday 14th July the ground will see a competitive game where Buxton will play Stockport County. For this event the ground will be open from 1.00pm till 6.00pm. so there’s plenty of time to get stocked up and settled in front of a ‘big screen telly’ somewhere to watch the ‘World Cup Final’ the following day (Sunday 15th July-Kick off 4.00pm.)
  • And last but by far the least, Sunday 29th July there’s the ‘Kick out Cancer Charity match. This is a junior tournament starting at 10.00am and will finish at 5.00pm.


Be sure to check out our site over the next few weeks for news fixtures and social/community events as the 2018/19 season begins.



Selfie time at last year’s Bubble Rush

Willow Wood’s fun family event, the Bubble Rush, is back and this year’s event on Sunday 8 July is on target to be one of the biggest fundraising events we’ve ever organised.

Chris Hayden, event organiser said, “We’ve already got more people signed up than took part last year, and there’s still over a month to go.  Numbers will have to be limited so if you want to be a part of this ‘bubbletastic’ event go to our website and sign up now.  And because it helps us if you register online, we’re going to retain the early bird prices of just £15 for adults and £5 for kids for online bookings.  Children under two are free!”

This price includes a special Bubble Rush T shirt and a medal and, of course, the chance to run, dance, conga or just throw yourself into metres high clouds of coloured foam!  It really is an amazing event and the bubbles are safe enough for tots and even babies as the vibrant colours are created by using food dyes

It’s going to be a great atmosphere, as Dukinfield Rugby Club’s pitch is transformed by four colour stations, each pumping out different colour foam.  There’ll be fairground rides, a bouncy castle, refreshments, brightly coloured merchandise and more to make it a great day out.

Tameside Radio will be there playing all the best Summer sounds as well as chatting to some of the families and friends who are taking part.

So, if you want a great day out, go to and sign up right away.

 Selfie time at last year’s Bubble Rush

Everything’s coming up roses in Romiley as two residents have landed stunning £30,000 prizes, thanks to playing People’s Postcode Lottery!

Local mechanic Christopher and his wife Linda were surprised to find People’s Postcode Lottery Street Prize Presenter Judie McCourt on their doorstep with a shiny golden envelope. Christopher said, “I’m absolutely delighted – I’ve got a bottle of champagne in the fridge so we’ll definitely be celebrating with that! Linda was unfortunately made redundant at Christmas so the timing couldn’t be better.”

Christopher plans to put the windfall towards home improvements. He said, “I’ll be able to get the bathroom done up now, which is just fantastic. Linda is celebrating her birthday next week too so I’m sure she’ll be dropping hints for gifts soon! I’m sure a few more people will be signing up to play after seeing what I’ve won today.”

Our second winner Maria was in utter disbelief when she was presented with her amazing prize. She said, “Oh my god – I can’t believe this – it’s so exciting! I’m going on holiday soon, so it means I can just enjoy myself without having to worry about money. It’s really going to make a massive difference and will make life a lot easier. Winning with my neighbour is great too. It means we can share in the fun and excitement together!”

Judie McCourt couldn’t be more pleased for our lucky winners. Judie said, “Well done to Christopher and Maria – I hope they both enjoy treating themselves with their windfall.”

With 32% from every ticket going to charity, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have now raised more than £301 Million for over 4,000 good causes across Great Britain and internationally.

Charnwood Trust is one charity close to our winners which players have helped support. The group were awarded £19,000 last year to transform land into sensory outdoor play areas for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

If you would like to have a chance to win big for your family, please click on the link below.

Homelessness charity, Emmaus Mossley, is celebrating after being shortlisted in the prestigious Charity Retail Awards 2018.

Emmaus Mossley is more than just a charity shop, it is home to their companions – formerly homeless people who live in the local community and now work permanently in their social enterprise.

That charity work has propelled Emmaus Mossley’s Secondhand Superstore to take their place as a finalist in the Charity Shop of the Year category, along with two other charity shops.

The Secondhand Superstore based in Mossley, sells donated and up-cycled furniture, household goods, clothes and vintage wares, with all proceeds used to support people affected by homelessness.

The Charity Retail Awards shortlist was announced on Friday 25 May and this year’s awards, sponsored by charity retailer solutions provider Nisyst, is the biggest in the Charity Retail Association’s history.

Alison Hill, Director of Emmaus Mossley, said: “We are over the moon to have been shortlisted in this year’s Charity Retail Awards. This national recognition is a credit to everyone who is part of the Emmaus Mossley community and all those companions, local volunteers and staff who work tirelessly to make our Secondhand Superstore a great place to visit.

“I would also like to thank all the generous people who shop at Emmaus Mossley and donate items to support our work. It is vital that we continue to receive this support so that we can help even more homeless people get back on their feet.”

Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The Emmaus Mossley Secondhand Superstore not only generates an income to help sustain the charity, it also offers work and training opportunities to people supported at Emmaus.

Robin Osterley, Charity Retail Association CEO, said: “We are delighted to see Emmaus’s Secondhand Superstore in Mossley make it onto the Charity Shop of the Year shortlist. Emmaus has proved to the judging panel that their Mossley outlet is up there with the best in the country. We wish them the best of luck in our awards night on 25 June.”

The Charity Retail Award winners will be announced during a ceremony at the Colwick Hall Hotel in Nottingham on 25 June, as part of the Charity Retail Association Conference and Exhibition.

To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head to If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 01457 838608 or visit the store at Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH.



After the success of the first four Mossley SOUP community crowdfunding dinners, the organisers are inviting supporters down to the next event on Thursday 7 June.

Mossley SOUP aims to bring the community together to promote, fundraise and support local projects that benefit the people of Mossley. For a donation of £5, diners receive soup, bread, hear four project presentations and then vote for their favourite idea.

Each presenter will get four minutes to share their idea and an opportunity to answer four questions from the audience. The winning project idea receives all of the money raised on the night to carry out their project. Past events have raised between £540 and £825.

The fifth Mossley SOUP dinner is planned for Thursday 7 June from 6.30pm at Longlands Mill on Queen Street, home to Emmaus Mossley. The four projects appealing for support will be Children’s Theatre in the MOAT, Monday Social Club for Disabled Adults, Mossley Action For Elderly and Mossley Community Orchard.

The event will also include guest speakers, live music and a raffle with prizes including a signed Manchester United shirt and meal vouchers for Dinnerstone Uppermill and The White Hart at Lydgate.

Mossley SOUP is organised by local resident volunteers with support from Mossley Town Council, The Mayor of Mossley and Emmaus Mossley. Previous Mossley SOUP winners are Mossley Horticultural Show, Save Our Community Spaces (SOCS), Tots R Us Playgroup and Mossley Town Team Stewards.

To find out more about Mossley SOUP visit




Donna Fitton, volunteer officer, is waiting for your call.

Friday 1 June sees the start of ‘National Volunteer Week’, and we just couldn’t let it pass without paying tribute to our team of over 650 volunteers. 

Whether they volunteer in our retail division, in our START Clinic, as a counsellor, as a ward clerk, in our gardens or our kitchens, each and every one plays a part in making Willow Wood the wonderful place it is.

One of our volunteer receptionists, Barbara said “I was first introduced to the Hospice about 11 years ago when a dear friend spent the last weeks of her life at the Hospice. Like many people I had never visited the Hospice before and was struck by the kindness and care shown by everyone. Shortly after this I decided that I would like to help at the Hospice and applied to be a volunteer on Reception. I have just clocked up 10 years in the job and still enjoy it.

“What do I get out of volunteering? Well, I certainly don’t get paid in money but get so much more out of my job from knowing in a small way I am helping the community. I have also made some good friends over the years and feel a valued member of the Willow Wood team and hope to be able to help the Hospice for many years to come.”

Donna Fitton, newly appointed volunteer officer agrees.  “I couldn’t agree more.  I volunteered at the Waterloo shop before applying for this role, and absolutely loved it.  It gave me so much satisfaction and I went in for my shifts with a huge smile on my face. Every volunteer, no matter if they only do two hours a week, is a part of the jigsaw that makes up Willow Wood – every single one of them makes a real contribution”.

However, as Willow Wood is bringing in new services, such as the community hub and expanding existing services such as the dementia café which is now held twice each month, we really would like more volunteer help.  Our retail division, with eight High Street shops, two cafes and a huge distribution centre is another area where additional volunteers would be warmly welcomed.

Donna said “Why not make Volunteers Week the week you start to support your local Hospice in this most practical way.  Give me a ring on 0161 330 1100 to start your journey with us – you won’t regret it!”



Nic, chatting at the Dementia Café

It may surprise you to know that Willow Wood has a growing dementia service focusing on end-of-life care for dementia patients in their own home, and giving support to their carers.

One well-loved extension of this service is our twice monthly dementia café, where patients and carers alike meet to socialise and have fun in a warm and friendly atmosphere.  The cafes, held on the second and fourth Friday of each month, have a planned activity or theme which over the next few months will include a garden party, a sing along, and craft sessions.  There’ll be ‘Play Your Cards Right’ and other games from the golden era of TV game shows, this coming Friday 26 May.

Nic, Willow Wood’s dementia nurse

Of course, our specialist dementia nurse Nic Lavery and her knowledgeable team are always on hand to offer any advice or support needed, and carers could even take advantage of the secure environment to have a relaxing session of reflexology or aromatherapy with one of our qualified therapists.

Nic said, “If you’re caring for someone with dementia please feel free to drop in.  The café is open from 1-3pm and it’s not just for existing patients, it’s open to everyone.  Like all our services it’s free of charge, and we’d look forward to welcoming you and offering any support we can.

“And if you just want to relax and enjoy some quality time together in a warm and sociable atmosphere, then join us for a nice cup of tea, a piece of cake or scone.  You’ll be with people who understand what you’re going through and who will become new friends.  It’s a great way to unwind.”

To check the dates for the dementia café, or to find out more about Willow Wood’s dementia service, just go to  

If you feel that you, or a loved one could benefit from this service please contact Nic by ringing 0161 330 1100.