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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.


Local homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley is marking Recycle Week 2019 by celebrating the waste reduction efforts of its community members and raising awareness of how best to reuse or dispose of unwanted household items.

In the six-month period from April 2019 to September 2019, Emmaus Mossley has reduced the amount of waste deposited to landfill by 91% compared to the same period in 2017. This reduction is as a result of improved processes, awareness raising, a new retail area and better management of stock and incoming donations.

Emmaus Mossley is supporting Recycle Now’s Recycle Week campaign, running from 23 – 29 September 2019. The charity is taking the opportunity to educate members of the public on the importance of reducing consumption, reusing what you can and recycling.
Steve Reynolds, Deputy Community Leader who oversees waste management at Emmaus Mossley, said: “This Recycle Week we’re keen to celebrate our own efforts and try to educate those who may not be aware of the reasons we cannot accept certain items.

“Unfortunately, sometimes people unknowingly donate unsuitable items or simply use us as an alternative to the tip. We do try to accept most household items, more so than many other charities, but unfortunately, we cannot accept items that are broken, unsafe, illegal to resell or unsalable.

“Disposing of items that have been donated to us but are not suitable for sale or reuse, can be very costly when you add up the tipping costs, petrol, time and staffing needed. These are resources that can be better used within our charity, so we are keen to raise awareness with those who donate items to us. For anyone unsure of what we can or cannot accept please visit our website first before dropping items off or arranging a collection.”

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

Throughout Recycle Week, Emmaus Mossley will be offering items and materials for sale that may otherwise have been sent to landfill and on Saturday 28 September, the charity will be holding a one-day sale throughout its Second-hand Superstore.
Alison Hill, Director of Emmaus Mossley, said: “Our whole community has been working hard to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill. It’s a big team effort that has included much improvement in our warehouse, better recycling rates, the launch of our Scrap Shed area and more items being transformed in our workshop and by our weekly upcycling volunteers.”

“We also couldn’t have achieved this waste reduction without our local supporters, customers and people who donate good quality items. By us all working together, we’re reducing waste to landfill, reducing costs to the taxpayer, doing our bit for the environment and helping to sustain the support offered by Emmaus Mossley.”

Now in its 17th year, Recycle Week is a celebration of recycling, organised by WRAP under the Recycle Now brand. The aim of the week is to encourage the public to recycle more, by demonstrating the benefits of recycling items from all around the home.

To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head to: www.emmaus.org.uk/mossley.
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.

For more information about Recycle Week visit www.recyclenow.com.


The mother-in-law of a patient cared for at St Ann’s Hospice showed her heart-felt thanks recently with some unusual tokens of gratitude.

Pauline Barton delivered a box of beautifully hand-knitted hanging hearts to the hospice in Heald Green as a way to thank the staff and volunteers for the care given to her son-in-law, Colin Wilmouth, last year.

Pauline said “The care that Colin received at St Ann’s was amazing and made such a difference to the way he felt. We were a little concerned when Colin first went into the hospice, but we were all made to feel so welcome and comfortable. They also took care of us as a family and offered so much support to my daughter and Colin’s wife, Julie.

“These hearts are a way for me to express how grateful I am, and I hope they bring some smiles to all the nurses and doctors, volunteers and the rest of the team at St Ann’s.”

Lynsey Ayers, Ward Sister, was one of the team who cared for Colin when he was a patient. She said “We all remember Colin well, and all of his family who were regular visitors at the hospice. It was so lovely to see Pauline and Julie again, and the hearts Pauline has given to us are beautiful. Gifts like this really mean a lot to us, as we know we’ve made a difference to our patients and their loved ones at a very difficult time in their lives.”

The Dementia Cafe, on the second and fourth Friday of every month, very quickly became an important part of Willow Wood’s Dementia service, and is always extremely well attended.

Both those living with Dementia and their carers find it a huge support, not only from our wonderful team of Nic, Sandra, Emma and volunteers Eric and Pam, but from each other. As carer Kath said, “If I’m up in the middle of the night and struggling to cope, I’ll put a message out on our What’s App group. It’s almost inevitable that someone else will be in the same situation and we’ll end up laughing together. It’s a great support to know you’re not alone”.

Every cafe has a theme, or a special guest, and on Friday 13 September, volunteer Pam arranged for the Manchester Camerata to visit. The orchestra, themselves a charity, have their own ground-breaking Dementia programme ‘Music In Mind’, and really connected with the group.
Playing the clarinet, flute and cello, Lynne, Aine and Nancy played a number of tunes which soon had the audience singing along, while Heather distributed tambourines, finger cymbals, bells and more to encourage audience participation in the music-making. It finished with a song, jointly written by the group and audience.

The next Dementia Café is on Friday 27 September between 1-3pm. If you or a loved one is living with Dementia you’ll be very welcome; just drop in, there’s no need to book.


Tameside Rotary Club hosted their 9th Tameside Beer Festival on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th September at Stalybridge Civic Hall.

Fabulous entertainment with singer Eric Barrow, Spindrift, Steve Wilson and The Cornelius Crane, Phoenix Brass Hoppers, Bridget and Elisabet, Tameside Community Voices, Miseley Brothers and Steely Don.

Wonderful curries as always from Delights of India, Cakes from Eclectic Cakes by Kirsty, Wines from Carham Wines who all gave a donation.
£8000 was raised to be split 3 ways between Friends of Tameside Young Carers, Willow Wood Hospice and Tameside local charities.
Our Civic Mayor Leigh Drennan visited us on the Saturday and Jonathan Reynolds MP was in the mood for a pint on Friday after lots going on in Parliament!

An auction was held to sell a 2012 Beer Glass. Although we only raised £5. 50. (plus an additional £10 from the kind gentleman that bought it once he received the glass) … we very much plan to build on new ideas and initiatives like these in our future Beer Festivals.

As well as Rotarians, we had lots of ‘extra’ volunteers who we would like to thank.
We would also like to whole-hearted thank all our customers, for their generous heart. You gave generously, acted beautifully and the atmosphere was perfect. Thank you!

For more details see www.TamesideRotaryClub.com or Facebook Page Tameside Rotary Club.

A charity football match between homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Tameside has so far raised £2,800 for the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund.

On Sunday 8 September, more than 500 people turned out to support the Emmaus Vs GMP Tameside Charity Football Match at Seel Park in Mossley. The Emmaus Mossley team, which included Mayor Andy Burnham along with former professional footballers Daniel Nardiello and Guy Branston, mostly consisted of formerly homeless people who are now supported by the charity.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “The support given by Emmaus Mossley and Greater Manchester Police, to raise vital funds to help end rough sleeping in Greater Manchester, is fantastic.
“There’s lots of work going on across all boroughs in Greater Manchester supporting the single initiative to end rough sleeping in the city-region. Thank you to everyone involved and working hard to make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on and grow old.”

The competitive and entertaining game, thanks in part to stadium announcer Alan Keegan, went to a penalties after a 6 – 6 draw at full time. The Emmaus XI came home with the winner’s trophy after a nail-biting penalty shoot-out.

Darren Bateman, community member at Emmaus Mossley and team captain of the Emmaus XI, said: “I’m extremely proud to be a part of this year’s charity match, and even more so as our Emmaus Mossley team triumphed. I’d like to congratulate all the players who took part and say a massive thank you to all the people who attended, supported and volunteered to help out on the day.”

Emmaus Mossley supports formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The concept of solidarity, getting involved in volunteering and helping groups in need, is a central ethos of Emmaus and a motivation for those who played and volunteered at the charity match.

Daniel Nardiello, one of the special guest players on the Emmaus Mossley team, said: ‘It was great to be a part of the Emmaus Vs GMP Charity Football Match. I went down to visit Emmaus Mossley a few weeks back and I was blown away, so to be able to play in the game and show my support was a privilege. They whole event was brilliant.”

The charity match, a replay of last year’s event, was organised by GMPs Tameside Division with support from Emmaus Mossley, Mossley A.F.C and Oldham Athletic Community Trust (OACT). Match sponsors included JMW Solicitors LLP, O’Donnell Solicitors and Greater Manchester Police Federation.

PC Steve Naylor from Greater Manchester Police, said: “I want to thank everyone, spectators and players, who took time out of their Sunday afternoon to come and support our event. I would like to pay special thanks to “The Voice of Old Trafford” Alan Keegan who provided his services as stadium announcer for the day, and in my opinion made the day more of a success than we imagined.”
“Special thanks also to our match sponsors and all the local businesses who donated prizes for the tombola and raffle, Jalmac Leisure and One Adventure for supplying the inflatables and climbing wall, and everyone else that offered their assistance to the day. Together we have raised another fantastic amount and I’m so pleased we surpassed last year’s total for such a worthwhile cause.”


All the funds raised at the charity match will be donated to the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund and specifically the A Bed Every Night scheme. A Bed Every night provides a bed, warm welcome, and personal support for anyone who is sleeping rough or at imminent risk of sleeping rough in Greater Manchester.

For anyone who couldn’t make it on the day but would still like to support the event you can donate online at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emmausvsgmptameside

Willow Wood are very excited to announce their new fundraiser for 2020 – The Sahara Trek!

A six-day expedition with four full days trekking through the inhospitable Sahara Desert, it will be gruelling, challenging and test you to the limits, but we can honestly say it will be one of the most amazing experiences of your life.

You will be walking for up to six hours each day on the shifting sands of the desert, camping underneath the stars and eating traditional Berber cuisine. Accompanied by camels, also known as the ships of the desert, these majestic creatures will transport all the necessary equipment and provisions for your adventure.

Experienced Berber guides will be with you every step of the way, as will a qualified doctor, an experienced Trek leader, and a Willow Wood representative, to ensure that the trek runs smoothly and without incident.

You will see some of the largest dunes in the area, including those of L’erg Zahar, which are also known as the screaming dunes due to the eerie sound made by the wind whistling across the sand. However, when you make camp for the night and relax around the fire, your guide may tell tales of the village buried under the sand as the sun goes down over those very same dunes.

As well as challenging yourself to the limit, the Trek will offer a real insight into an ancient way of life. The Berbers are known to have lived in North Africa as far back as 3,000 years BCE, and with hospitality central to their culture, you will be assured of a warm welcome. Although you will be eating the delicious traditional Moroccan cuisine during the Trek, any special dietary requirements can be catered for.

To find out more about this amazing adventure, Willow Wood are inviting you to an Information Evening on Wednesday, 9 October.

Starting at 7pm this presentation will be able to answer any queries you may have about the Trek.

Please book your place by emailing fundraising@willowwood.info.