Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The organisers of Mossley SOUP are appealing for local residents to support their latest community crowdfunding dinner on Thursday 4 July.

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

The eighth Mossley SOUP dinner, sponsored by The Pet Care Company, will take place on Thursday 4 July from 6.15pm at Longlands Mill on Queen Street, home to Emmaus Mossley.

Projects presenting and appealing for votes on the night will be MERA (Micklehurst Estate Residents Association), Mossley Hollins Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, The Exploration Emporium and YOU. The event will also include guest speakers, 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.
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Hyde Rotary President, Karen Dorney visited the Christie and ‘Maggie’s Centre’ in Manchester to present her final cheques in this her presidential year, the two charities are close to the club’s heart.

The £1000 presented to the Christie will go towards a state-of-the-art radiotherapy treatment unit and at Maggie’s our cheque for £750 will support patients from the Christie who require aftercare.

Karen said; following the presentations, “During in my year, we have supported many local organisations and individuals who need financial support; to visit these two centres today really brought it home to me that we have the best cancer hospital in the country, right here on our doorstep and also in Maggie’s, a place where people can go when receiving treatment at the Christie or rehabilitation post treatment.

St Ann’s Hospice’s recent fundraising golf day went with a swing this year, raising more than £18,000 for the charity.

The golf event, which is a staple on the St Ann’s annual fundraising calendar, was attended by seventeen teams, made up of players from across Greater Manchester.

Clare Henderson from the hospice fundraising team organised the event with volunteer ambassador Judith Lacy.  Clare said:  “It was a great day, and we were fortunate that the weather was amazing.  We had a real mix of teams taking part from all sorts of local businesses and other individuals and groups of supporters too.  Some of those who came along have been supporting the golf day for many years, and others were first time entrants.  Not only was it a fun day of golf, but it raised a fantastic amount in support of our patients and their families too.  We’re so grateful to everyone who came along, and also to our headline sponsor Sunil Ruia, Trustee for the Bhim Ruia Foundation for his amazing support.

“We’d also like to thank our other sponsors Joe Dwek, Duerrs, JP Brimelow, Swizzels, Harold Stock and Co, and EMC (Knutsford) Limited, for their generosity.  The team at Dunham Forest Golf and Country Club were also incredibly supportive, so huge thanks to them too.  We simply couldn’t run events like this without local individuals and businesses helping us in so many different ways.  We’re really grateful.”

This year the winning team was a group from Michael Morrison Consultancy Services, who were presented with a special trophy in honour of their achievement.  Mike Morrison said:  “Having supported the hospice golf day over the last many years, it was particularly sweet to taste victory on this occasion thanks to some fine golf played by the team.

“The event was, as always, well organised and offered us a fun way of helping the wonderful efforts of all those who work and volunteer for the hospice in delivering loving care to its patients and their families.  We’re looking forward to defending our title next year.”

St Ann’s Hospice provides care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families from its three sites in Heald Green, Little Hulton, and The Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital.  It also runs a range of community and outreach services to ensure as many local patients as possible can access its care.


For more information on the hospice, or how you can get involved in events like the golf day, please visit or call 0161 498 3631.



Working in the community and helping young people is big part of the Rotary Club’s ethos and this year Hyde Rotary arranged a day out at the Petty Pool Adventure Centre in the Delamere Forest.

Located in the heart of Cheshire, and set in 40 acres of magnificent woodland in Sandiway, near Northwich, Cheshire; 28 year 6 students from Bradley Green Primary Academy in Hyde, enjoyed a fun filled educational day where they experienced the thrills of the Zip Wire, enthusiastically took on problem solving during the Crate Challenge and showed their physical abilities and skills on the Climbing Wall, before sampling some very tasty country culinary delights.

After bravely risking life, limb and his dignity when he successfully completed his ascent and abseil on one of the large climbing walls, the club’s Community Chairman, Kevin Maddox, said, “What a wonderful day we’ve all had; it’s not only given the children a chance to experience a fun day outdoors in some of the North West’s wonderful countryside, and given them the opportunity to sample a great period of exciting activity at the Petty Pool Outdoor Adventure Centre. It’s also been a day when the children have learnt the positives of team working and engaged in a range of activities designed to achieve confidence building.”

“The club will always support the young people in our community.”

A local charity has announced two new trustees who have joined its board of directors to help steer the organisation towards its 50th anniversary.

St Ann’s Hospice has appointed chartered accountant Darren Holt as its treasurer, and Melanie Ogden, a senior clinical leader with experience at strategic, primary and secondary care levels within the NHS as a trustee.

The charity cares for thousands of people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses every year 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.  The trustees of the organisation are all volunteers.

Jackie Oldham, chair of the board, said:  “It’s an exciting time at St Ann’s, as we approach our 50th anniversary in 2021, and we’re thrilled that Darren and Mel have agreed to join us as trustees.  Each member of our board brings with them a unique set of skills and experience, and it’s vital we have the right people helping us to steer our ambitious plans for the business in the coming years.

“The organisation is certainly a complex one, with fourteen shops, a hospice lottery, and a range of fundraising activities running alongside the health and social care we offer to patients from across Greater Manchester and their families.

“The team at the hospice provides world-class specialist care at a time when people need it most, and as a board we’re proud to be part of such an outstanding and much-loved organisation.  It’s great that Mel and Darren have joined us, and I’m sure they’ll play an important part in helping us ensure hospice care in Greater Manchester remains fit for purpose for many future generations to benefit from too.”

St Ann’s is a registered charity and receives around a third of its funding from the NHS, with the rest – around £20,000 a day – fundraised thanks to the generosity of the local community.

Darren Holt, said:  “St Ann’s does wonderful work supporting patients and their families at what could be the worst of times, in such a way that ensures it is the best it can be. To be given the opportunity to help to sustain and hopefully extend that work is, in itself, an honour and I expect it will also be prove to be a pleasure.”

Mel Ogden, said:  “I’m delighted to be joining the St Ann’s team who have a national reputation for caring.

“When I worked in the NHS we often talked about how we often met people at their most vulnerable and life changing point in their lives, and we tried to embody the values as set out in the NHS constitution – ‘compassion is central to the care we provide and respond with humanity and kindness to each person’s pain, distress, anxiety or need. We search for the things we can do, however small, to give comfort and relieve suffering. We find time for patients, their families and carers, as well as those we work alongside’.  I see that being put into everyday practice by the staff and volunteers at St Ann’s, and it’s an honour to be asked to join the board of trustees.”

For more information on St Ann’s Hospice, or to make a donation, please visit:

Last week (11th June 2019) Tameside Rotary Club held their annual ‘Night of Cash’ which saw many local charities, voluntary groups, and community associations all benefit from the money raised by the club during their highly successful ‘Santa Sleigh’ Christmas tour of the area.

With The Mayor and his consort in attendance, over 30 local charities and organisations received cheques of various denominations to help them continue their vital works within the community.

Among those who attended; Susan Wilson received a cheque on behalf of Tameside Hospital league of Friends, who will use their gift to buy a new toaster. Also in attendance were Joyce Bowerman and Cath Lee, who will use their award to put on a ‘Meat & Potato Pie Supper’ at St Peter’s Community Gathering.

Mike Barlow attended from ‘The Shed’ and they will use the money to provide cooking classes to single men who don’t know how to cook well, and this will not only help them cook, but also encourage them think of healthy options when cooking too.

Tameside Concert Society also received money from Tameside Rotary and members of the club look forward to hearing one of the many weekly recitals currently being sponsored by them at Hyde Town Hall, when they perform on Friday 21st July at 1pm – a fabulous musical event, where everyone is welcome.

Drawing the proceeding to a close, Tameside Rotary President, Cliff Hall thanked everyone for attending the annual ‘Cash Awards’ presentation and looked forward to welcoming many more charities and community groups, who will hopefully benefit from next year’s event.



Willow Wood are proud once more to be joining forces with Hyde Rotary to bring the Gee Cross Fete back to the Sam Redfern Fields, Gee Cross, on Sunday 23 June.

This traditional Village Fete is a great day out, with activities and entertainment to suit every member of the family.  Gates open at 10.50am, and the Fete commences, as always, with the traditional service between 11-11.30am.

There’s a packed schedule all the way through the day with a great variety of entertainment, both in the Big Top and outside in the main arena.  Two great local DJs, Phil Hamilton and Andy Stott will ensure the atmosphere never flags, and the live entertainment in the marquee includes Belle Vue Brass, Circus Sensible and local singers Roy Andrew and CJ Andez.  Spindrift will take us back to the 60s and 70s, and the entertainment continues with the CCMTT singers and dancers.

Belle Vue Brass will also perform in the main arena, where there will also be some wonderful performances from the Freedom Dancers, Bombomb Fitness (local burlesque dancers), Dance Gallery, ARTSync and our very own Willow Wood Choir.

There will be refreshments, a bar, bouncy castles, craft stalls, classic cars, raffles, tombolas, children’s rides and much more.  This year, for the first time, Scruffs Dog Show will be taking place during the Fete.

The entrance fee has been maintained at £3 for adults, with accompanied children admitted free.  It really is a lovely family day out.  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.




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:

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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: