Sunday, June 16, 2019
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A local charity is holding two special fundraising events in Greater Manchester this summer, to help raise funds to support local people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

St Ann’s Hospice – which cares for and supports thousands of local people each year at its sites in Heald Green, Little Hulton and the Neil Cliffe Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital, as well as via a range of community and outreach services – is holding two family-friendly summer fairs to kick off the holidays in style.

The summer fairs will take place on Sunday 21st July from 12 noon to 3pm, and will be held at the hospice’s sites on St Ann’s Road North in Heald Green and on Meadowsweet Lane (off Peel Lane) in Little Hulton.

Each fair will include a range of stalls and refreshments, as well as activities like face painting, tombola’s and raffles.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s, said:  “St Ann’s will be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in 2021, and we’re proud to have been part of our local communities for all of those years.  We simply couldn’t care for our patients and their families without those local communities, and we really value the amazing support we receive every single day from people across Greater Manchester.

“Our annual summer fairs are always a highlight of our fundraising calendar, and we look forward to seeing families and friends gathering together to have a great time whilst raising money for our patients.  Everyone is welcome, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again this year.”

Entry to the fairs is just £1, with accompanied children free.

For more information on the summer fairs, or other forthcoming St Ann’s fundraising events or activities, please call 0161 498 3631 or visit the website at



Staff from O’Donnell Solicitors are currently training for a series of fundraising runs to support their nominated charity of the year, Emmaus Mossley.

Nine staff members from the O’Donnell team will be participating in the upcoming Tour of Tameside, a four-day festival of running, which takes place between 13 and 16 June. This is the third year that a team from O’Donnell Solicitors has taken part in the event and 2019 will see even more O’Donnell’s staff taking part than ever before.

James O’Donnell, Director and Head of Commercial, said: “This is another exciting year for the firm and for the Tour of Tameside, an iconic event taking place throughout Tameside. It is a pleasure to be a sponsor of this iconic event but also to be taking part and helping this fantastic local charity.

“Training was interrupted for me due to injury, however I am still hoping to run stages 1 and 4 with at least two staff members running the full 4 stages of the event and others taking part in the other stages. It is a very tough event, but our firm’s staff has the strength and determination to achieve their personal goals and at the same time give back to an extremely worthy cause.”

Director James O’Donnell will be joined by CO Directors Rebecca O’Donnell, Anthony Jones and Claire Egerton together with PA, Claire Kinder, PA Natalie Wright and Receptionist Emma Jones.

Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The charity runs a social enterprise in Mossley, selling donated and upcycled furniture, household goods, clothes and vintage wares.

Alison Hill, Director of Emmaus Mossley, said: “We’re extremely grateful to the staff from O’Donnell Solicitors for selecting Emmaus Mossley as their charity of the year. Our community wishes team O’Donnell well for their training and for the upcoming Tour of Tameside event.

“The partnership with O’Donnell Solicitors will not only help to raise awareness and funds to support Emmaus Mossley, it will also give opportunities to our beneficiaries who could benefit from some legal support.”

The Tour of Tameside event, which was originally founded by marathon legend Dr Ron Hill MBE in 1983, was re-launched in 2015 and has been growing in popularity year on year. With four different events over four days, each with a different running route and type of terrain. The Tour is designed to challenge participants both physically and mentally, whilst still offering something for runners of all abilities.


To find out more and donate to O’Donnell’s Tour of Tameside fundraiser visit:

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.


A group of brothers and friends are cycling 2,000kms from Barcelona to Manchester to raise funds to buy a new ambulance for St Ann’s Hospice.

The team, who are all cycling in memory of Charles Mitten, includes Andy Mitten, one of Charlie’s sons, who is also a football journalist and editor of the Manchester United fanzine United We Stand.

The group will be meeting and speaking to professional footballers along the way to help spread the word about their epic charity challenge.

Andy explained: “Dad died in St Ann’s in Little Hulton in 2018.  He was only 69, and as a man who never stopped complaining about Manchester United, he seldom complained about his own pain.  We felt helpless, and wondered what we could do to help so told him that we would be raising money by cycling from Barcelona to Manchester in 2019.  He told us that it was a bit much, and asked if we could avoid the mountains, but I explained we couldn’t move the Pyrenees.

“After dad died, some of the others I’d told about the ride were still keen to do it, and along with lots of generous support from others who are up for helping with everything from driving, massages, cooking and cleaning, we set about eight months of planning.

“We know St Ann’s is a charity and that they need to raise £40,000 for a new ambulance, and that’s what we’re working towards.  It’ll help their inpatients and also their outpatients too, and we’d love as many people as possible to sponsor us if they can.  Every pound helps.”

The team has also gathered the support of sponsors including Red Army Bet, Meadows Gin, Brittany Ferries, and Fat Heads, and their friends are also walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall and playing in a football tournament to raise additional funds for the cause.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s, said: “What a phenomenal effort the team are all making to help us raise much-needed funds for our ambulance.  I don’t know where to start in thanking them, it’s an incredible challenge.

“It’s amazing how many people are already sponsoring the group.  We’re all keeping track of their progress on social media and via their justgiving page, and we’re looking forward to welcoming them all back when they reach Manchester.

“Thanks so much to all of the group for their dedication and all the training they’ve put in too.  The money they raise will make such a huge difference to our patients, and we really do appreciate everything they are doing in memory of Charlie.”

To donate to the team’s fundraising page, please visit:

Glossop has long been known as a pioneering town when it comes to introducing traditional values and community events held in and around its long established outdoor market; and now you too can benefit by becoming a stallholder for a day, – For the introductory fee of £5.00.

Offering shoppers and the many visitors who regularly visit the small Derbyshire town, Glossop’s well-known Market Traders can always be relied upon to offer a varied and colourful choice of quality items in a unique and friendly atmosphere which is enjoyed by all those people who are not only looking for a bargain, but proper customer service, good products and friendly chat.

Now, having firmly established their monthly ‘Artisan Market’ they are launching a ‘Pre-loved Market’ where discerning bargain hunters will be able to browse and buy many pre-loved and re-cycled items, ranging from items of furniture, clothing, toys and games and a whole panoply of everyday necessities. And at £5.00 to hire a stall for a day, Glossop will be undercutting rival market forces on all the other market grounds throughout the local area.

Glossop Market’s Superintendent, Colin Deeley explained, “Ever mindful of the changing face of retailing, we are trying to utilise the long established traditions of the Market place by injecting different elements to our standard offerings; and by using all the facilities of the Market, we are acting as an incubator for new local businesses and start-ups – giving local people a helping hand from experienced traders; welcoming in entrepreneurs from the wider community, whilst giving our loyal shoppers something different too.”

The Pre-loved Market will be held every last Saturday of the month and will run from 9.00am till 4.00pm

To book stall on Glossop’s Pre-loved Market at the introductory price of £5.00 a day, please contact: Us on: 07903 113 029 or 0781 333 1585 – but hurry, as these places will be going fast!

For further information regarding the hidden gem which is Glossop Market, please contact: Colin Deeley on: 07794 768495 or email:

Find what you are looking for on one of the region’s best loved markets it really is a shopper and bargain hunter’s paradise!

There’s nothing nicer on a summer’s day than to attend a traditional Village Fete, and the Gee Cross Fete is one of the best.

Organised by, and raising funds for, Willow Wood Hospice and the Rotary Club of Hyde it’s always well attended and is full of activities and entertainment for all tastes and ages. This year will be our 26th year.

As always, it’s held on the Sam Redfern Green and opens at 11am on Sunday 23rd June, 2019 with a church service. The entry fee has once more been retained at £3 for adults and accompanied children are free, and that represents great value for a really great day out.

Circus Sensible are old favourites at the Fete, and they’ll once again be delighting the crowds inside the Marquee. DJ Keeley D will ensure that the atmosphere never flags and Spindrift and Catherine Cooper Music and Tuition (CCMTT) will also be keeping the audience entertained.

There’s a great mix of music, singing, and dancing in the outside main arena, with the Belle Vue Brass Band, Freedom Dancers, Willow Wood Choir, BomBomb Fitness and ARTSync guaranteeing a mix that won’t fail to entertain.

In addition this year we have the Scruffs Dog Show, craft stalls, tombola’s, raffles, children’s rides and much more. Refreshments will be available all day, including a licenced Gin bar and alcohol refreshment bar. It really is a great day out for all the family.

And if you need another reason to visit the Gee Cross Fete, remember that all proceeds will be divided equally between Hyde Rotary and Willow Wood, so you’ll know that you are supporting two great organisations that, in turn, support your local community.



Here’s a fun and exciting way to spend Sunday 30 June – join Willow Wood in a celebration of Americana with a drive-in movie!

It’s something we’ve all seen in the movies and now can experience for ourselves; sitting in the comfort of our cars and watching a film on a huge screen.  And with pizza and ice cream available it will be a real taste of America in Tameside!

Held at the Great Academy on Broadoak Road, Ashton, there are two fantastic films and three showtimes.  We’re showing The Greatest Showman at 1pm, followed by Bohemian Rhapsody at 3.30pm and 6.30pm.  Both these films are highly acclaimed and whether you’ve already seen them or not, just imagine the atmosphere there’ll be on the day.

Tina Pringle, event organiser said: “It’s really great value at just £20 a car, and we’re very excited to be able to bring this classic American event home to Tameside.  Why not buy a ticket for Father’s Day – and you’ll be able to share the experience too.

Booking’s really easy.  Just go online at or pick up a flyer from any of our shops or the Hospice reception.”

Photo: Drive-In organiser Tina Pringle.

In the recent case of Persimmon Homes Limited v (1) Anthony John Hillier and (2) Colin Michael Creed,  the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by Hillier and Creed, holding that a disclosure letter accompanying a share purchase agreement (SPA) could be rectified where it did not give effect to the parties’ intended transaction.

Pursuant to terms of the SPA, the Sellers (Hillier and Creed), transferred to the Buyer (Persimmon Homes Limited), the share capital in two companies which held interests in four of six connecting parcels of land comprising a potential development site. The remaining parcels, which provided access to the site and were critical to its future development (the Ransom Land), were owned by another of the Sellers’ companies. The shares in this company were not transferred under the terms of the SPA. Whilst the SPA contained warranties that the acquired companies had good title to the land, it did not identify the individual parcels that were subject to the warranty. The accompanying disclosure letter also specifically disclosed that the acquired companies did not own the Ransom Land.

At first instance the High Court accepted the Buyer’s argument that the course of the parties’ negotiations demonstrated a common intention that it would acquire the whole development site, including the Ransom Land. The Court ordered rectification of the SPA (to include the Ransom Land in the definition of Properties) and the disclosure letter (to exclude the statement that the appellants did not own the Ransom land).

The Sellers appealed. Dismissing the appeal, the Court held that the Judge had been correct to conclude that the SPA and disclosure letter did not record the terms agreed between the parties, and that the requirements for rectification had been met accordingly. The court also found that the disclosure letter was an integral part of the suite of documents designed to give effect to the parties’ intended transaction and, in circumstances where its terms failed to achieve this purpose, it was as much capable of rectification as the SPA itself.

This case highlights the importance of ensuring that the parties intentions are accurately reflected in the transactional documentation being used and that the transactional documents are fit for purpose. It is also a warning to ensure that the due diligence process is properly carried out whereby all documents in the data room are fully reviewed, considered and reflected in the documentation and where required the price of the transaction is adjusted accordingly. The case also highlights the importance of using clear and precise definitions generally and specifically in relation to key assets in SPAs and other such documentation.

For advice relating to the above, or indeed any other corporate law matters, please contact our experts:

Paul Westwell at

Martin Blaylock at

Suzanne Thompson at

By telephone on 0161 330 6821 or, you are welcome to attend any of our free legal surgeries – no appointment necessary.


Have you collected a free tube of Smarties from Willow Wood yet? Yes, we’re giving away delicious chocolates!

But there is a catch; we’re asking that, once you’ve eaten the sweets, you refill the tube with either 20p or £1 coins and return it to us.

It’s a really easy and fun way to raise funds for Willow Wood.  If you can fill just one tube with 20p pieces, that’s £12 you’ve raised for us – and that would buy materials for an arts and crafts session for our day patients.  If you fill a tube with £1 coins, that’s £28, enough to pay for a half hour complementary therapy session leaving an extra £3 towards the £20 needed for an in-patient’s meals every day.

Our lovely nurse Claire was one of the first to take part – could you join her?  You can collect a tube from our reception or any of our shops.

And if you’d like to take a quantity for your family, friends or colleagues just let us know by ringing Charlotte on 0161 330 7788 and she’ll make sure they’re waiting for you.  Just complete the form with your name and contact details and start collecting coins for Willow Wood.



A social enterprise is leading students who repair bikes towards a better career path.

Stockport-based CERA Cycloan was set up five years ago by fellow directors Brian Pendlebury and wife Christine.

The business also supports charities, with St Ann’s Hospice the latest organisation to receive a donation from its online sales.

Brian’s father George (79), from Cheadle, was cared for by the charity and his death in 2009 gave the couple an idea.

Brian said: “My mum Margaret was lonely and isolated and didn’t know what to do so we decided to loan bikes to over 65s for free. It means they can enjoy physical and social activity with like-minded people and we organise leisurely family bike rides for all ages on Saturday mornings.”

Each day six students from schools and local authorities learn mechanical and business skills while refurbishing donated bikes in the Higher Hillgate workshop.

Another six helpers work in the art and design workshop where items such as lamps, clocks and handbags are made for sale online.

ERA Cycloan staff and volunteers. Back row (from left) – Brian and Christine Pendlebury and Andrew Millest. Front, Josh Walton, Andrew Butler and Tom Hibbs.

Brian said: “We’re an alternative education provider and the bikes are a way of changing behaviour. A lot of our students go on to become car mechanics, apprentices or undertake further education.

“The refurbished bikes are sold online, or donated to job seekers or apprentices.  Rather than pay commission to an online sales site we decided to donate that percentage to charity.”





A coatings company with 85 staff has adopted the John Lewis and Richer Sounds model by becoming employee-owned.

Northpoint, which is based in Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, was founded in 1976 and since a management buyout in 2007 had been owned by directors Garry Marshall, Philip Dawson, Simon Quiligotti and Howard Tomes.

Now their shares have been transferred to an employee ownership trust.

Northpoint is a £6.25m-turnover business which specialises in protective coatings for steel fabrications, including galvanised steel fencing, industrial pipework for water treatment plants and oil and gas transmission systems, and street furniture.

Garry, Simon and Howard remain as directors under the new structure while Philip has moved to a consultancy role.

Senior manager Tony Holt and senior production manager Philip Butterworth are now deputy managing director and operations director respectively and have joined the board of trustees, which is chaired by Philip Dawson.

Neil Smith, managing director of recruitment and payroll services company Kinetic, which became employee-owned last year, has joined the board as an independent director.

Ben Bradley of HURST Corporate Finance and Liz Gallagher of HURST’s tax team advised the shareholders on the creation of the employee ownership trust.

Paul Johnson and Rachel Clarkson, of Ward Hadaway, provided legal advice.

A seven-figure funding package was arranged by HSBC UK’s Sam Roden and Tim Hodson to support the establishment of the EOT.

Employee ownership trusts were introduced by the government in 2014 and HURST has set up a specialist team to advise on their creation. Last year HURST steered Kinetic through the process.

Ben Bradley said: “The shareholders of Northpoint were keen to preserve the company’s ethos of active employee participation and an EOT was the ideal way to achieve this goal.

“It’s a model which is being increasingly adopted in the UK and has been shown to boost profits, productivity, job security and employee wellbeing.

“Employee-owned businesses are increasingly at the forefront of innovation and we wish everyone at Northpoint well for the future.”

Philip Dawson said: “It felt the right thing to do for the shareholders to pass the business on to the workforce and an EOT seemed the appropriate way of achieving this.

“It’s our view that, as our people gain knowledge and understanding of how the business runs, they will flourish.

“Whenever people previously excluded from the strategic decision-making process are included, in our case the general workforce through an employee forum, then everyone in the business benefits.

“It’s a cliché but nonetheless true to say that our people are Northpoint’s most important asset. We treat listening to the workforce as the centrepiece of our commitment to respect, engagement, growth and profitability, which ultimately is the goal of an EOT for the benefit of all employees.

“We also recognise we have some great leaders who have the character to lead Northpoint through the next phase of its journey.”

Sam Roden, business banking area director for Greater Manchester at HSBC UK, said: “I am delighted that we’ve been able to provide the funding required to support Northpoint’s transition to an EOT.

“HSBC UK has a team of experienced relationship managers who are available to visit any SMEs considering a change of control through an MBO or similar transaction.

“We started our partnership with Northpoint in 2017 and, since then, we’ve been impressed by its progressive outlook on growing the business to the benefit of its workforce.

“The team has a wealth of experience which, coupled with their desire for growth, will only lead to exciting opportunities in the future.”