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Willow Wood has partnered with the registered charity Homeless Friendly to ensure that they can reach out and care for even more in our community.

Head of Clinical Services, Karen Vallantine said: “It’s a terrible statistic, but the average life-expectancy of a homeless person is just 47 years of age, and the number of homeless dying on the streets has risen by 25% in the last five years alone.

“By signing the pledge with Gail Sutcliffe of Homeless Friendly we are sending the message that all our patients will be treated with dignity and compassion. Our staff have already commenced training with Gail, and we are looking at all our policies and procedures to ensure they meet the needs of the homeless.”

 

The organisers of Mossley SOUP are appealing for local residents to support the town’s latest community crowdfunding dinner on Thursday 24 October.

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 freshly made 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 project idea to secure the most votes receives all of the money raised on the night to carry out their project.

The ninth Mossley SOUP event, sponsored by Premier Automotive, will take place on Thursday 24 October from 6.15pm at Longlands Mill on Queen Street, home to Emmaus Mossley. As well as the four short presentations, the event will also include guest speakers, spoken word poetry, live music and a raffle.

Past Mossley SOUP dinners have raised between £545 and £1,726 for each of the winning projects. All of the projects that have been presented at Mossley SOUP have benefitted in some way. This includes increased public awareness, new volunteers, donations of materials and other financial support.

  

Mossley SOUP is organised by local resident volunteers with support from local businesses and Emmaus Mossley. For more information and for details of future SOUP events head to http://bit.ly/MossleySOUP.

Hospice Care Week this year is from 7 – 13 October, and this year the national campaign has the theme of ‘This is what it takes’, focusing on the stories behind the care.

And what better way to celebrate the care given by our wonderful Willow Wood community than to tell the story of Pat, a volunteer who has been with us from day one.

“I’ve been involved with Willow Wood from the very beginning. The first public meeting to discuss raising funds to build a Hospice for Tameside and Glossop was on 28 April, 1993 at Dukinfield Town Hall and our very first fundraising event, a Sequence Ball, was held just four weeks later.

We had a small but very committed team of volunteers, and the Sequence Ball became an annual event running until 2013. Frank, my husband, and I also began to organise monthly Coffee mornings. Initially these were at our house and they are still going now, although they long since moved over to Willow Wood itself. I still attend, although don’t do as much baking now! They are always very well attended, and last year raised over £10,000 towards the Hospice’s running costs. Frank and I also set up the Festival of Christmas Music, which again is a very popular event, and sells out every year.

The fundraising continued and I even once organised a car boot sale – never again! I’ll do almost anything for Willow Wood, but that was not my cup of tea at all! However, it was a very proud moment when, after five years of fundraising, I was present at the laying of the foundation stone in April 1998. We raised £2million to build the Hospice and now in 2019, our twentieth anniversary year, the running costs will be over £2.6million – our fundraising has to continue.

For many years I served on the Board of Trustees for Willow Wood until I decided to take a bit more of a back seat and retired from that position.

I’m still a volunteer receptionist though and greet patients and visitors every Thursday afternoon.

I was very honoured in 2016 when I attended a Buckingham Palace Garden Party as the longest serving female volunteer. It was a wonderful occasion – even the sun was shining! That was the year that the whole volunteer team was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, equivalent to the MBE for an individual.

I am very proud to have been part of Willow Wood for so long. It really is special, and although there have been many changes over the past twenty years one thing will never change: my commitment to such a wonderful place.”

If you’d like to follow Pat’s example and volunteer for Willow Wood, please go to: www.willowwood.info to find out more and apply online.

The first Hyde School Sports tournament took place last week at Hyde Community College with Basketball the sport being hotly contested by teams brimming with budding Michael Jordan’s – whose name and reputation is legendary around the world.

The primary schools from Hyde took along squads of 6 keen children ready to dribble their way to the title.
It was a mixed tournament where both boys and girls battled it out against each other in 8-minute matches, carefully refereed by the Hyde Community College Sports Leaders.

Throughout the games, there were plenty of 3-point shots on show and great dribbling.

Following the league format competition where each school played each other, it was Flowery Field who were the victors who didn’t lose a game and only had 1 basket scored against them in the whole tournament – Gee Cross played spectacularly and came second.

Kay Hawke, speaking after the games said, “A big ‘Well done’ to all the children who showed great teamwork and respect towards the other teams.”

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North Tameside’s Scout Canoe Centre container at the rear of Oxford Park on Pottinger Street Ashton which has been there many years was broken into on Wednesday the 25th September around 5.00pm.

An old Scout rang Alan Fish and said ‘all the tents were strewn around Oxford park and surrounding streets and he had put some back into the centre with the canoes. ‘

The Canoe Centre Manager, Ken Severs went down and he fitted a temporary lock, it looked as nothing was taken it was just vandalism.
The following evening Alan Fish received calls from the Active Tameside centre in Oxford park and the fire and rescue service that said the container was on fire.

Alan said, ‘It was a terrible to see all the fire damaged canoes, surf boards, helmets, bouncy aids and many tents.’ The fire officer said, a local resident said, ‘One of the gang of girls and boys was called Daniel and she was appalled at the damage they had done!’
The canoes were used by various Scout groups just to have a canoe up and down the canal and all that equipment has now been lost and one less activity the Scouts can do to gain the canoeing experience.

About one hundred tents were actually collected from a music festival, as now a days people don’t take their tents home when the festival finishes, these were in the process of being sorted into complete tents with the correct poles, and would have been given to Scout groups.
Alan went on to say after the fire I put a call out to Leaders who could come down and help clear the site to make it safe.

As Scouts is a team operation, ten leaders answered the call for help and offered to help, the site was cleared within a couple of hours.
The future of the centre will now need to be looked at, firstly the Scouts are hoping to get a hopefully, free skip or truck to take all the burnt equipment to the tip, then the container will need a clean and repaint.

Then work on grants will then start to replace the canoes and safety equipment for the Scouts to gain experiences of canoeing on the canal again.
It is a very sad world we live in today; Scouting was set by Baden Powall over a hundred years ago to help young boys to be better citizens in all our communities and yet some young people for a laugh, want to destroy that aim which was for them as well.

If you would like to help young people, don’t tell Baden Powell, it now includes girls, the contact: alan.fish@ntscouts.org.uk 07931765120 or go to: www.ntscouts.org.uk

Staff and volunteers from a local charity have been honoured at a special event in the city centre.
The St Ann’s Hospice event, which was held at the offices of one of their supporters Eversheds Sutherland, celebrated a year of achievements at the charity.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s, explained: “I’m so proud to be part of a team that consistently provides such outstanding care and support to local patients and this event was a way of thanking just some of the people who make that possible.

“There’s an army of more than 700 local people who volunteer with the hospice, and we simply couldn’t continue to care for patients from our communities without them. The event saw us present some of our volunteers with special awards for achievements, and for their fabulous long service to the organisation. Some have been volunteering with us for as long as 40 years, which is such incredible dedication. We’re hugely grateful.”

In addition to awards for long service for volunteers, staff were also presented with accolades for their service milestones, as well as a range of awards which were presented by the hospice’s Chair of the Board Professor Jackie Oldham, to those who have gone above and beyond in upholding the hospice’s values over the last year.

The hospice, which is one of the oldest adult hospices outside of London, is approaching its 50th anniversary in 2021. It provides care to patients from its three sites in Little Hulton, Heald Green and the Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital, as well as via a range of community and outreach services.

Eamonn O’Neal, added: “As one of the oldest hospices in the country, we’re consistently evaluating, evolving and developing our services to ensure we can continue to provide care for the next fifty years too. That’s never been so important, and it was great to gather together with colleagues to celebrate the achievements of the year gone by and look ahead to the next exciting phase in St Ann’s history.”

For more information about St Ann’s, please visit www.sah.org.uk

Dedications are now coming in thick and fast for Willow Wood’s annual Light Up A Life campaign where we join with our community to celebrate the lives of loved ones.

Open to everyone, whether or not you have been touched by Hospice Care, the online Book of Memories is available for viewing immediately. This Book will remain on the website throughout the coming year, with dedications available for viewing on your special days.

A printed copy will be placed in the Willow Wood multi-faith prayer room to coincide with our Winter Fete on 16 November and will be updated as further dedications are received. An ideal opportunity to peruse this would be during one of the Garden of 1,000 Lights open evenings every Tuesday and Thursday from 19 November until 19 December. As well as viewing the Book people can have a look round our beautifully illuminated gardens, and reminisce over a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. The Book of Memories will also be available at our two celebration carol services.

As Willow Wood Chaplain Eddy Inglis said: “Every year people come to me to say just how much Light Up A Life means to them and how much comfort they get from our services. Like Willow Wood itself, Light Up A Life is for everyone”. The Glossop service, on 3 December and the Tameside service, on 8 December both feature a brass band, children’s choir, carols and, of course, the dedication of the Tree of Lights and are always emotional yet uplifting and joyous.

Willow Wood’s Elaine McConnell who will be welcoming visitors to the services said: “In addition, this year as part of Light Up A Life, we are offering people the opportunity to place a 30cm high star in a specially designated and tranquil part of our lovely garden. These beautiful stars can be personalised with your loved one’s name and even a photo, and will stay in the garden until the end of the festive season. They can then be collected to keep and treasure.

“Your stars can be ordered online when you make your dedication at www.willowwood.info, or alternatively dedication forms are in all our shops and reception. It’s a lovely addition to such a special way of remembering your loved ones.”

Manchester’s hospice is launching an innovative service for patients across Greater Manchester at the end of September.

‘The Being You Centre’ @ St Ann’s offers support to people living with life-limiting illnesses, which focusses on what’s important to them and being themselves.

Rachel McMillan, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Clinical Services at St Ann’s, said: “We’ve been looking at our Day Therapy service recently and how we can make it even better for those people who need our support.

“The service has been transformed and is now called ‘The Being You’ Centre @ St Ann’s. This name has been chosen simply because we want to help people be themselves again. We believe that an illness shouldn’t define anybody – we look past that and see a person, not just a patient or a diagnosis. Our ethos is to always treat people as the individuals that they are.

“When someone is living with a life-limiting illness, they can experience physical, psychological, emotional or social issues which mean that they don’t quite feel like themselves. At ‘The Being You’ Centre @ St Ann’s, based at our Heald Green and Little Hulton hospices, people are assessed and referred to our recently renewed specialist services, depending on their own particular needs, wishes and goals.

“That may include a breathlessness programme, an exercise group, physiotherapy, relaxation, pain and symptom control or complementary therapy, amongst a whole host of other services.”

Brian Hughes is 65 and has been living with chronic heart disease for around 22 years. He’s recently been referred to ‘The Being You’ Centre. He says: “I’ve enjoyed it so much and I’ve met lots of people in the same boat as me. The Creative Therapist encouraged me to try some crafts. It’s very relaxing and you can’t help but have a laugh.

“I see the hospice doctors when I’m here, I also see the Occupational Therapist who helps me with advice for when I’m at home and I take part in an exercise group.

“It’s a perfectly relaxed environment. It’s not a frightening experience, not by a long way. You’re the main person to them, it’s what you want that counts and your family are made to feel just as important. I’ve enjoyed it very much.”

*For more information about ‘The Being You’ Centre @ St Ann’s, you can visit www.sah.org.uk/ourservices or call the hospice on 0161 437 8136.

The chair of a Sale cleaning company has turned her hand to writing, publishing a special book in memory of her husband.

‘Ode to Life’, by Linda Wyers, is described by the author as a collection of odes and poems about love, life and everything in between, and is dedicated to her husband Martin Charles Wyers.

Martin, who founded the family’s business Floorbrite in 1972, died of bowel cancer in December 2010 aged 61, and the book is raising money for three organisations that supported him and his loved ones throughout his illness – St Ann’s Hospice, Bowel Cancer UK, and The Christie Hospital.

Linda explained: “I’ve written odes from being in my early 20s, particularly for family and friends, but as I have grown older, I have been inspired to write and put observations and experiences of life into verse.

“All of my odes are about things I have seen, done, encountered or love, and range from mashed potato to mosquitoes, and queuing to taxation, and although a few are hugely poignant, most of them see the funny side of life. I hope they will make people smile, and on occasion even laugh out loud.”

The book includes more than 25 odes, each written by Linda. Copies cost £10 plus postage each, with all proceeds except for postage costs split equally between the three charities.

Linda added: “Martin’s disease was stage four from the outset, and although doctors didn’t tell us that he wasn’t expected to live twelve months, he actually bravely fought for three and a half years.

“Martin was a very generous and successful business man who loved and did everything possible for his family. He founded Floorbrite in 1972 and he managed it until his passing. Today myself and our three gorgeous children Nina, Alex and Nik run the business, with a family ethos at its core, and it’s testament to the strong foundations which Martin created and the incredible hard work of our children that the business still thrives today.”
Floorbrite is a commercial cleaning and facilities provider, and the company employs 1,300 people.

St Ann’s Hospice, one of the charities the book is raising money for, cared for Martin during his illness. Eamonn O’Neal, chief executive, said: “We’re honoured that Linda has chosen St Ann’s to benefit from the proceeds of her fabulous book. It’s such a beautiful tribute to her husband, and the odes cover a delightful mix of topics. Thanks, so much to Linda for her support of the hospice, as the money raised will help us to provide care to other families too.”

To buy a copy of Ode to Life, email Linda on: linda.wyers@floorbrite.co.uk

Law firm Bromleys has been shortlisted for two accolades at the 2019 Pride of Tameside Business Awards

Bromleys is in contention to win the medium-sized business of the year award and to retain the professional services business of the year title.

The awards will be presented at a gala dinner at Dukinfield Town Hall on Thursday, October 24.

The ceremony comes a week after The British Wills & Probate Awards, in which Bromleys is a finalist in the Court of Protection team of the year category.

Mark Hirst, senior partner at Bromleys, said: “October will hopefully be another month of celebration for the firm.
“Having won the corporate social responsibility prize at the 2017 Pride of Tameside Business Awards and being named professional services business of the year in 2018, it is a tremendous boost for everyone at Bromleys to be shortlisted for two honours this year.
“This achievement reflects the efforts of the entire team in contributing to the success and growth of the practice, as well as our commitment to providing the best-possible service to clients.”

Bromleys has scooped a string of awards in recent years. In addition to its success at the 2017 and 2018 Pride of Tameside Business Awards, the firm was named law firm of the year – small at the 2018 Manchester Legal Awards and was shortlisted for the private client team of the year accolade earlier this year.