Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Homelessness charity, Emmaus Mossley, is inviting supporters to a Vintage Christmas Market charity sale at their Second-hand Superstore this November.

The Vintage Christmas Market, taking place on Saturday 16 November, will launch Emmaus’ Christmas display and include a range of festive stalls for all tastes and budgets. There will be a wide selection of vintage and retro decorations, secret Santa gifts, presents for under a fiver and lots of reusable Christmas trees.

Gary Barton, one of the community members at Emmaus Mossley, said: “Our Christmas events are always great fun and I really enjoy seeing supporters, fellow companions, volunteers and staff getting in the festive spirit. There’ll be lots on offer for all ages throughout the day including a special visit from Santa.”

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. All the proceeds from the Vintage Christmas Market will support the people who live and work at Emmaus.
In addition to the Christmas-themed stalls, the Collectables Room will be open and Santa will be visiting Emmaus’ Second-hand Superstore. Lucie’s Café will be serving seasonal food and drinks throughout the day, and they’ll be a few limited external stall holders too

Hazel Hodkinson, Retail Manager at Emmaus Mossley, said: “Christmas-time can create a lot of waste and consumption but here at Emmaus we’re keen to promote reuse and celebrate second-hand.

“Our Vintage Christmas Market is the perfect opportunity to source a wide variety of pre-loved decorations, affordable gifts, festive fare and materials for those who enjoy creating handmade gifts.

We hope lots of people will join us on the day to have fun, bag some bargains and support give their support to Emmaus Mossley.The Vintage Christmas Market will take place on Saturday 16 November from 9am to 4:30pm at Emmaus Mossley, Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH

Emmaus Mossley will also have a Christmas Pop-up Shop at The Weavers Factory in Uppermill on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December.
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.

Faye Howard, from Walkden, organised The Howard Charity Gala for the last three years to raise money for St Ann’s Hospice after the care her mum, Mel, received when she was a patient there.

Mel was diagnosed with lung cancer and attended St Ann’s Hospice in Little Hulton initially as a day care patient before her condition deteriorated and she became an inpatient where she died aged 52 in December 2016.

The fundraising event, in her memory, took place at Albert’s Worsley on Saturday October 12. Tickets were £35 and include a BBQ buffet, entertainment from a saxophonist and DJ, plus there was a super raffle and auction to raise even more money on the night.

This year the special event took place four days after Mel’s 55th birthday, so the event was be even more poignant and she will be the toast of family and friends at the gala to celebrate her life.

It’s not just Faye, who has been fundraising for St Ann’s, her dad, Paul, has taken part in many different sporting events over the year which has contributed to their total.

Faye said: “The care my mum received at St Ann’s was truly amazing, it was really personal to her and the doctors and nurses really tailored everything to her needs and wishes. As a family we were all made to feel welcome and we were able to stay over in one of the family rooms.

“The last two events have been really great nights and everyone really gets behind raising money for St Ann’s. Last year the DJ even managed to auction off a tin of beans for £45! I think we’ve already raised over £10,000 from the gala and sporting events and our target is to raise £20,000, as we want to be able to help pay for a day of care.”

For more information about The Howard Charity Gala email Faye at: thcg17@outlook.com

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.

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


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.