Monday, April 6, 2020

A team of ex-professional footballers and formerly homeless people supported by Emmaus Mossley are gearing up for a charity football match against Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Tameside.

The Emmaus Vs GMP Tameside Charity Football Match will take place on Sunday 8 September at Seel Park in Mossley. Taking part in the game will be former professional players Daniel Nardiello and Guy Branston, and Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.
The charity match is being organised by GMPs Tameside Division with support from Emmaus Mossley, Mossley A.F.C and Oldham Athletic Community Trust. The family-friendly event will also include local club mascots, inflatable activities, charity raffle and face painting. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Great Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund.

Harry Barlow, Community Leader at Emmaus Mossley, said: “We’re all looking forward to the rematch and bringing the community together for an enjoyable day for a good cause. Helping people less fortunate than ourselves is a big part of the Emmaus ethos and a real motivation for the players taking part.

“I would like to thank everyone for their continued support of Emmaus Mossley and all the people and organisations who are supporting this charity match.”

The Emmaus team will consist of formerly homeless people who are now supported by the charity, staff members and special guests. Emmaus communities support formerly homeless people by providing them with a home, support and work in a community setting. Each Emmaus runs different social enterprises, providing work and development opportunities whilst generating income to sustain the work of the charity.

PC Steve Naylor from Greater Manchester Police, said: “Following the success of last year’s charity match, myself and Harry felt we had to do it again, but this time even bigger and better. We have increased the number of activities on offer and increased the youth tournament to eight teams, in the hope that we can raise even more funds for such a worthwhile cause.

“Homelessness is still a recurring issue for many people throughout Manchester, including here in Tameside. I have visited a Bed For A Night shelter myself and can see the great work they are doing to help people who find themselves out on the streets. For this reason, my colleagues and I at GMP

Tameside are happy to give our own time to support the event.”

The Emmaus Charity Football Match will take place on Sunday 8 September from 2pm at Mossley A.F.C, Seel Park, 11 Market St, Mossley OL5 0ES.
Entertainment for all ages will be on offer throughout the day as well as food, drinks and a charity raffle. Admission will be £5 and free for under-16s.

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.

Stalybridge Celtic Foundation are once again pleased to offer the support of Stalybridge Celtic FC for five local charities throughout the course of the 2019/20 season at Bower Fold.

They will be handing over five of their Home fixtures this season to enable each charity to come along and raise awareness of the work they do in our communities and at the same time, raise valuable funds.

Last season the club helped to raise a fantastic £1,546.21 in total across the five charities.

This season the designated fixtures are as follows –
Saturday 5th October v FC United of Manchester (Reuben’s Retreat)
Saturday 23rd November v Buxton FC (Willow Wood Hospice)
Saturday 1st February v South Shields FC (Kidscan UK)
Saturday 14th March v Morpeth Town FC (The Anthony Seddon Fund)
Saturday 25th April v Matlock Town FC (Home Start HOST)

This site will bring you details of each day and what will be happening nearer each fixture.

For more information on our Community work follow them on Twitter @CommunityStaly or Facebook – Stalybridge Celtic Foundation

Supporters of St Ann’s have a brand new way of playing the hospice’s lottery, potentially winning thousands of pounds in prize money, whilst helping local patients and their families at the same time.

The hospice has announced that, for the first time since its lottery launched almost 25 years ago, supporters are able to purchase tickets in any of its fourteen shops around Greater Manchester. The team has also revamped the prize structure of the weekly lottery, meaning an increased prize pot for local people to potentially get their hands on.

Lottery Manager Trudi Ogden, explained: “The St Ann’s Local Lottery is one of the easiest ways people can show their support for our patients, with the added bonus that they might win a very special prize.

“We’re really excited to announce the new changes to the lottery which mean that in addition to our weekly jackpot of £2,000, we are also now offering a rollover prize of £1,000 a week, up to a maximum of £10,000, and other weekly prizes of £50 for four winners, and £10 for 30 winners too.

“We’ve also made it even easier for our supporters to purchase tickets. They can now simply pop into one of the hospice’s 14 shops around Greater Manchester to buy their weekly £2 ticket, in addition to being able to sign up online at The changes all hopefully mean it’s incredibly simple for local people to take part, and we’d love as many new players as possible to join in.

“It really is an easy way to support the hospice, and with lots of prizes to be won, there’s even more chance of winning. We can’t wait to see who our first lucky winners will be of this newly revamped lottery. We’re all really excited!”

St Ann’s Hospice is a charity which provides care for patients from across Greater Manchester from its three sites in Heald Green, Little Hulton, and The Neil Cliffe Centre, as well as via a range of community and outreach services. Its care is provided free of charge to patients, with the remaining costs of delivering care to thousands of people every year – totalling £20,000 a day – fundraised and brought in via a range of events and trading activities, including the hospice’s lottery.

For more information on St Ann’s or to sign up to play the hospice’s Local Lottery, visit or call 0161 498 3642.

A brand-new book outlining a process to help cancer patients achieve a state of relaxation and calm has been launched at a special event at St Ann’s Hospice.

‘Combining Touch and Relaxation Skills for Cancer Care: The HEARTS process’, by Ann Carter and Peter Mackereth, outlines ways in which patients, health care professionals, complementary therapists and carers can develop an understanding of touch, aromas and the sound of the human voice to aid relaxation and reduce anxiety.

Ann Carter explained: “The HEARTS Process is one I developed more than a decade ago whilst working at The Neil Cliffe Centre. HEARTS – which stands for Hands-on, Empathy, Aromas, Relaxation, Textures and Sound, is a therapeutic approach in which I’ve been training other therapists for several years.

“I wrote the book with my co-author Peter Mackereth, and we hope that its publication will lead to even more patients benefiting from its approach. Relaxation and calm is so incredibly important when it comes to the wellbeing of people with a life-limiting illness such as cancer, and the book outlines simple steps that can be followed to help patients and carers achieve just that.”

Ann has trained therapists in the UK and Ireland to run courses for their colleagues and other therapists and help to increase awareness of the process. Practitioners are also working with patients in Holland, Norway and as far afield as Hong Kong to educate them in how HEARTS could benefit them.

The book was launched at a special event at St Ann’s Hospice’s Heald Green site. Ann added: “It seemed fitting that the launch was held at St Ann’s, especially as the process was actually developed with local patients in their Neil Cliffe Centre site at Wythenshawe Hospital. It was a pleasure to see so many health care professionals gathered together to find out more about the book and ways in which HEARTS might help their patients. Huge thanks to everyone who came along.”

The book is published by Singing Dragon, and can be purchased by visiting

Stalybridge Celtic Foundation (Charity Number 1173057) are pleased to announce the sponsorship of a new playing kit for one of our adult PAN-disability teams, Stalybridge Celtic Blues.

Ahead of the new Cheshire East Ability Counts League season, the Blues, who won the League One Division of the league last season, will be competing in a new strip, courtesy of the Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club.

Stephen Gilligan, President of The Rotary Club of Dukinfield and Stalybridge said ‘The Rotary Club of Dukinfield and Stalybridge is proud to sponsor the Stalybridge Celtic Blues this season and wish them the best of luck in the season ahead. Our members will try to get along to as many games as possible this season to cheer on the blues and look forward to a long relationship with the Stalybridge Celtic Community team.’

Stalybridge Celtic Foundation, Community Officer, Mike Smith – ‘We are very grateful to the Dukinfield & Stalybridge Rotary Club for a terrific gesture to sponsor our Blues Team in their games next season, they look very smart indeed, a massive thank you to Stephen and Judi for making it happen’



St Ann’s Hospice is thanking local people for their support after two summer events raised thousands of pounds for the charity.

The hospice’s annual summer fairs in Little Hulton and Heald Green have become a popular addition to the annual calendar for local families, and this year’s events raised more than £7,000 to help St Ann’s care for local patients.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of the hospice, said: “What an amazing show of support and generosity from our local communities once again. We can’t thank everyone enough for their support and we hope they had fun, picking up a bargain, and joining in with some of the many activities on offer at the fairs. We were helped out on the day by more than 70 volunteers too, who selflessly gave up their time to make the events such a success. We couldn’t do it without them.

“We’re approaching our 50th birthday soon, and it’s amazing to think that we’re only still here, caring for thousands of patients every year, thanks to those people in the local community that offer us their unending support. We simply wouldn’t be here without the generosity of everyone who gives money, time and kindness to St Ann’s, and we never take that for granted. Thanks very much for everything you do for our patients and their families.”

The hospice provides care for people with a range of life-limiting illnesses from its three sites in Heald Green, Little Hulton, and The Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital, as well as via a range of community and outreach services.

It is one of the largest and oldest hospices outside of London, having been supporting local patients for almost fifty years.

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Clinical assistant Emma Craigmyle would like to share her story of why she took part in the 2014 Midnight Wander for Willow Wood, and why she’s raising funds by doing it again in 2019.

“I’ve worked at Willow Wood for seven years now, and feel very proud and privileged to do so. It’s an amazing place; I work every day with our patients and their families, and know just how our services can help and support in so many ways.

“However, although we do not make a charge for any of our services, it does cost £7,340 every single day to provide our care and we only have funding for around 21% of that figure. That’s one reason why I, together with my partner Chris, have signed up for the Midnight Wander again. The other reason is that we had a really good time, it honestly was great fun!

“The thought of walking 10k through Tameside at midnight may seem a little daunting, especially after working during the day, but the support from the other walkers really buoys you up. We were chatting, and laughing, sharing stories about why we were walking and every one was different. Yes, some were walking in memory of a loved one who benefitted from our care, while others may not have had a personal experience, but knew of the work we do in the community. And we met some groups who were just having a great night out! It’s an excuse to wear outrageous accessories, have your face painted, do something you wouldn’t normally do and raise money for an amazing charity all at the same time.

“If you’ve any reservations about being out and about during the early hours there’s no need to worry. Willow Wood have marshals along the route, they have drivers at the front and bringing up the rear, so you know you’re totally safe and well looked after. There are also first aiders – it’s all covered!

“I’m looking forward so much to taking part in the Midnight Wander again, I really can’t say enough just what a great night it is. Please think about joining Chris, me, and hundreds of others on Friday 20 September, and help us make a real difference to the lives of so many in our community. I’m lucky; I’m privileged to be allowed into our patient’s lives and help them through difficult times. But you can help them too, please sign up for the Midnight Wander online at: now, and help us continue to care.”


Willow Wood is constantly updating its fundraising calendar to bring the best, the most fun, and the most challenging events to Tameside and Glossop.

One such event is the Firewalk, which has had many calls for its return since Willow Wood’s last in 2013.

Chris Hayden, event organiser said: “It’s probably the shortest sponsored walk we’ll ever hold at just 20 feet long, but is certainly one of the most challenging. We’re hoping for at least 50 people to put their best foot forward and join us on Sunday 27 September, and would be de-lighted to get even more bright sparks joining us to make it a roaring success. We’re holding it at Stalybridge Fire Station, but hope that doesn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm!”

In fact, the Firewalk being held jointly with the Fire Brigade, who are putting on a Fun Day starting at 5pm. There’ll be fairground rides, music, stalls, refreshments, a mini fire engine, a fire parade pump and lots more, with all proceeds from the Fun Day going to the Fire Fighters Charity, a very good cause.

Chris said: “Before the Firewalk commences at 7.30pm, all participants must attend an inspirational seminar, led by the organisers, Time4Change. We’ve all been told from a very early age not to touch fire, and you really have to overcome years of conditioning to take that first step onto a bed of embers burning at around 800o. However, the seminar really can be life-changing. Let’s face it, if it can inspire you to walk on burning ashes, what else will it fire you up to do?”

The registration fee is just £25, however, because of the nature of the event it is only open to those aged 16 years and over. Willow Wood is hoping that every participant will raise a substantial amount in sponsorship, and to make it easy has a Firewalk fundraising card available. As Chris said: “It’s like the football cards, but we receive £100 from each one, with a prize of £20 to the lucky winner.

Using them makes fundraising hassle-free, and helps raise the £7,340 it takes every day to continue our care for the people of Tameside and Glossop.”

If you’d like to take part, please go to to register online quickly, easily and securely.


A team of seven riders and three volunteers from Bromleys took part in this month’s Willow Wood Mini Manc Bike Ride, raising more than £200 for the Tameside hospice.

Senior partner Mark Hirst, partner Paul Westwell and financial controller Rob Johnson undertook the gruelling 48km route while solicitors John Longworth, Martin Blaylock and Rachael Frankland, along with Rachael’s partner, completed the 16km course.

Meanwhile, marketing associate Carol Parker, receptionist and marketing assistant Lauren Taylor and receptionist Jill Lomas were on hand at The Limekiln Café in Dobcross, Saddleworth, to give out much-welcomed energy drinks and snacks to the riders.

The Mini Manc event took place on Sunday July 7, starting and finishing at the Tameside Cycle Circuit on Richmond Street, Ashton-under-Lyne.
Paul and John were the first across the finishing line on their respective routes.
Comprising four routes in total, the event was once again held in partnership with the Tour de Manc, a charity run by volunteers which uses cycling to raise money for good causes.

Bromleys is a long-standing supporter of Willow Wood through its membership of the Business Connexion networking forum and staff fundraising events.

Paul Westwell said: “We have taken part in this event since it began in 2015 and are delighted to have done so again this year. It’s well-organised and everyone can get involved, regardless of ability.

This was another great team effort from Bromleys and we are proud to continue our support for Willow Wood.”


The words ‘drive-thru’ usually bring to mind images of fast food and takeaway coffees, but a local charity is taking the concept one step further with its brand-new initiative that is not only a good way to recycle unwanted goods, but is better for the waistline too.
The St Ann’s Hospice Drive-Thru Donations concept, is opening up a new, convenient way for local people to donate their unwanted furniture, clothing and other items, without leaving their vehicle.
Amanda Brooks, head of the hospice’s Trading Company, explained: “We came up with the idea for drive-thru donations as we realised it was a convenient, easy solution for busy people who want to declutter, but don’t necessarily have time to head down to a charity shop and carry lots of boxes, bulky items, or furniture.

“The concept is simple – people drive up to our distribution centre in Reddish on Saturday 10 August any time between 10am and 4pm, pull up to the front in their car, and our friendly team will unload everything quickly for them so they can be on their way promptly. It’s just off the M60, so really convenient wherever people live in Greater Manchester.

“We have fourteen charity shops as well as online shops, and are always in need of good quality pre-loved goods such as furniture, homeware, collectibles, and clothing. By taking part in the drive-thru, you can easily declutter your house, whilst helping us to raise valuable money for the local patients that St Ann’s Hospice cares for – and we’ll do the heavy lifting!”

St Ann’s cares for people with life-limiting illnesses from its three sites in Heald Green, Little Hulton and The Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital, as well as via a range of community and outreach services.

The Drive-Thru Donations day will be taking place on: Saturday 10 August, at St Ann’s Hospice Distribution Centre, Bankfield Industrial Estate, Unit A1, Coronation Street, Reddish, SK5 7SE, and drivers can drop by any time between 10am and 4pm.