Posts Tagged ‘fundraising’

Glossop RNLI branch in search for new volunteers

Friday, March 14th, 2014

The Glossop branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is on the look out for new volunteers.

Although Glossop is a way inland from the sea, the area still has a dedicated RNLI branch and they are looking to boost the amount of volunteers that they currently have. Each year, those giving up their time organise a range of fundraising events to raise money which helps RNLI lifeboat crews carry on saving lives at sea.

Volunteering for the RNLI is a great opportunity to make new friends and learn new skills whilst raising vital money for the RNLI’s operations.

Anyone who is interested, can apply online at or call 0300 300 9902 for more information.


Willow Wood to hold Easter Sunday balloon flight remembrance service

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Willow Wood Hospice are offering people the chance to join an Easter Sunday service at which hundreds of balloons are to be released into the skies over Tameside and Glossop.

The balloons will lift into the air on Easter Sunday, 20 April 2014 from Mottram Church. with the actual launch at 12.15pm just after a short ceremony of blessing and remembrance by the Reverend James Halstead. It gives families the chance to commemorate the memory of a loved one, whilst also helping the hospice to raise valuable funds. Willow Wood which is based in Ashton under Lyne, and has a shop in Glossop, provides palliative care to local people with life threatening illnesses, with most of its funding coming from public donations.

Hospice Matron, Karen Vallantine, explains “Memories are often about the times loved ones have spent together and the balloon release symbolises many different things to many different people. It is an occasion when we can release tender thoughts of our loved ones on this very special day in the year”.

Those wishing to commemorate a loved one are asked to visit the hospice website at or ring the Hospice on 0161 330 7788.  They will either send you details or indeed take your dedication over the phone. In return, Willow Wood will send you a special ribbon on which you can write your own personal message.  Each ribbon will then be mounted onto a “Memories” panel at Willow Wood where it will be available for viewing throughout the following month.

Speaking about 2012′s balloon release, Head of Fundraising John Fellowes said: “Last year the grounds outside of Mottram Church were full of emotion as the Rev James Halstead gave a short blessing just before the commemorative balloons were released. The mass of hundreds of balloons then carried the thoughts, prayers and loving memories of loved ones over the local hills and into the blue sky as they rose high above the landscape.”

For more information visit the Willow Wood Hospice website or call 0161 330 7788.

Glossop based Afghanistan war veteran to tackle charity skydive

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

A Glossop based army veteran is to take on a skydive to raise funds for the charity which is helping him to overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Mark Dawson served for thirteen years as a Corporal with the Royal Army Medical Corps before being discharged from the army suffering from PTSD. He’s been fighting the effects of the illness with the help of Combat Stress, and is to take on a 10, 000ft tandem jump on 7th May in Maidstone to raise funds for the charity.

Having spent thirteen years in the army, Mark found it difficult to cope with the mental damage caused by things he had seen during his time as an army medic. He contacted Combat Stress who allocated him a Combat Stress Community nurse. Last August, he attended a six week intensive PTSD program where Combat Stress helped him to learnt coping strategies which are used to fight the nightmares, flashbacks, emotional numbing and relationship problems which can often be caused by PTSD.

Without their help Mark believes his recovery would have been much more difficult, and so he is keen to raise as much money as possible to help with their work. It’s the first time he will have ever taken on a skydive and he told that:

“I am quite nervous but I’ve always wanted to know how it feels to fly/fall through the air. I’m sure it will be sheer fear followed by euphoria”.

Mark has a fundraising target of £400, with half of that required so that he cover the costs of the skydive. The rest of the money will go directly to Combat Stress.

Since being discharged from the army, Mark has been trying to build a life outside of the military and has retrained as a photographer. As well as working with two military charities, Dig-In and Walk With The Wounded, he is also working as a full-time freelance photographer.

You can donate to Mark’s cause on his Do It For Charity Page and you can also find him on Facebook.


Willow Wood Hospice release 15 year anniversary events list

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Willow Wood Hospice has unveiled details of a number of its 2014 events – as it celebrates 15 years of caring for the Tameside and Glossop community.

The Ashton Under Lyne hospice was founded in 1999 and has since provided caring, compassionate palliative care to lots of residents suffering with life threatening illnesses. As ever, a large proportion of their budget will come from donations and so fundraising is as important as always. Their 2014 calendar contains some of their regular favorites such as the Midnight Wander, scheduled for the 11th July. They’ll also be turning up the heat with The Firewalk on October 12th and the ever popular Gee Cross Fete will be held on Sunday 15th June.

On Easter Sunday, April 20th, the hospice will launch hundreds of balloons all dedicated to someone special and 1000s of plastic ducks will again set of on their travels down the Huddersfield canal on June 8th. Despite a battle with the weather in 2013, Brass on the Grass will return on Sunday 14th September in Stamford Park.

Head of Fundraising, John Fellowes reflected on the 15 year anniversary by saying:  ”As we look back on the last 15 years it is without doubt that we couldn’t have achieved anything had it not been for the continued and unfailing support of the local people. It is because of our local communities really taking us to heart that we have been able to care for thousands of local people when they needed us the most. Really by just saying thank you it doesn’t seem sufficient but I hope that our services speak for themselves.”

Many people like to help out the hospice by hosting their own events and fundraisers. If you’ve got an idea then the Hospice fundraising team can be reached on 0161 330 7788, they have a wealth of experience and are there to help.

Speak of how people can contribute, John added: “Volunteering your time is as equally as important as making a donation. Perhaps you can shake a bucket, find homes for collecting tins or join the fundraising crew and help us sell merchandise at the varying community events throughout the year.”

To learn more about the hospice and their fundraising events, visit their website or join them on Facebook.

Glossop North End Juniors hoping to benefit from fundraising scheme

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Glossop North End AFC  Juniors are hoping to receive funding boosts thanks to a new initiative launched in conjunction with the Derbyshire FA.

The Derbyshire FA has signed up to the charitable platform Online Giving, on which you can purchase days out, events and experiences for a reduced price. For every purchase made on the site, a percentage is given to the organisation that you choose. Users who choose to buy from the Derbyshire FA page can specify which club they want to receive money from their purchase.

Original Giving is free to join and users can do so by visiting the Derbyshire FA Original Giving page. The registration form then allows you to specify which club you wish to help.

For more information on Glossop North End AFC Juniors visit their website.

Old Hall raises new cash for Children’s Air Ambulance

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Fashion enthusiasts at Buxton’s Old Hall Hotel have raised more than £1,000 for the Children’s Air Ambulance following the hotel’s second successful Fashion and Fizz night this year.

The event, which took place late in November, saw guests attend an evening of fine food and bubbly whilst being entertained by a raft of models showcasing the latest trends straight from some of Buxton’s best known outlets including Divine Trash, Minimo, Vintage Rose, Unique Feet and more.

“Following our first Fashion and Fizz night in the Spring, there was huge demand for the Old Hall Hotel to host another one and once again we are overwhelmed with the response.” comments sales and marketing manager Sally Burton.

“The Children’s Air Ambulance is an amazing charity, and requires a great deal of funding each and every month to keep going so we’re incredibly thankful to our guests who helped to raise £1,015.00 on the night.”

On the night, guests were treated to live music and a charity raffle including shopping vouchers for the Cavendish Arcade and luxurious hamper treats donated by businesses within the area.

The funds raised during the Fashion and Fizz night go towards an impressive £4,000 the hotel has raised this year so far for various causes, including Blythe House and the Christies Charity.

“Our fundraising efforts continue to be a tremendous success, and the guests here at the Old Hall Hotel are only too happy to get involved and support these worthy causes.” concludes Sally.

“We will continue to support local charities in and around the Buxton area, and we’re looking forward to more events and activities in the New Year.”

For more information on the Old Hall Hotel visit or call 01298 22841.

Aaron Sullivan “FUNdraiser” a big success

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

A fundraiser, held in memory of Glossop man Aaron Sullivan, has reached its £3000 fundraising target for cancer charity The Christie.

Aaron was 20 when he lost his battle with his cancer. The event, to celebrate his life and help out the Young Oncology Unit at The Christie Hospital, was first held in 2012 and returned this year on 10th August.

The date was chosen as it marked the day on which Aaron lost his hard fought fight with cancer. Attendees to the event were wowed by performances from Centre Stage Dance, cheerleaders Loud & Proud and Vertical Fitness Group.

Aaron was a passionate football fan and a Manchester United supporter. With that in mind, two football matches were organised. The first was Tintwistle Athletic versus a reformed for the occasion Hollingworth Juniors and it ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw.

Up next was the Manchester United v Manchester City fans, in which players paid £5 to represent their respective side. A high scoring spectacle ensued and it ended in a 7-6 victory for the United side. As a big Red fans, it was a result Aaron would have enjoyed.

The day also included a tombola, raffle, live band, DJ, cake stall and a BBQ kindly ran by the Tintwistle Athletic secretary Jill Crossland and a group of helpers.

A further boost to the funds raised was achieved on Thursday 15th August, when Michael had his head shaved (pictured), in return for donations, at The Moon & Sixpence pub quiz. This follows his decision to do the same at the event in 2012.

You can still donate to the cause, all money goes to the Young Oncology Unit at The Christie Hospital, by visiting their Just Giving fundraising page.

Bank helps out with fundraising calorie challenge

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

The Glossop branch of Barclays are to help out a local social enterprise with their drive to raise funds.

The bank have agreed to match the £1,500 total that WellFit CIC are hoping to raise with their “Great Glossop Calorie Burn.” The event, taking place on the 27th July, aims to raise the money by getting Glossopians to take part in a collective effort to burn 150,000 calories. Each participant will collect sponsorship for the amount they burn off through the exercises they choose to do.

It is all part of an effort to allow WellFit’s Gamesley branch to continue providing their services until the end of the year. Their crown green bowls, walking and walking football sessions have been a major success since they were introduced and have helped people escape inactivity.

So far much of the group’s funding has come from council grants and this new initiative is to make them less reliant on such forms of income. WellFit Gamesley coordinator Mick Owen explains:

“In order to be less dependent on this kind of handout we came up with the idea of asking local sports people to do a session of their favourite activity to help people for whom a little light exercise is the first step on the road to a happy, healthier life.

“Every £100 we raise will keep the programme of sessions – which are mainly, it must be said, attended by older, less robust people – running for another week. £1500 will see the project safe for 15 weeks and Barclays generous support will mean we can keep going till the end of the financial year.”

In addition to the sponsorship money, funds will also be raised through allowing participants to pay to have their exact calorie count calculated. A grand raffle will also be taking place at The Bluebell Wood pub on the evening of 27th July.


Duathlon in honour of Glossop sportsman

Monday, July 1st, 2013

A duathlon is to be held in memory of a keen sportsman from Glossop.

The Kaiser Challenge is organised by Sarah Hoare in memory of her fiance Alex Kaiser, 28, who was a keen cyclist and rugby player. Alex had just completed a mountain biking challenge in South Wales when he did on April 28th last year.

His death was caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a genetic condition that causes thickened heart muscles and can lead to an irregular and potentially fatal change in heart rhythms. The duathlon will raise money for the Cardiomyopathy Association which helps sufferers of the problem.

Last year the long distance Kaiser Challenge raised £55,000 and was in the form of a bike ride from Alex’s birth town of Glossop to Bristol where the couple shared a home.

Alex’s death came just two months before they were due to marry and this year the challenge will take place on July 6th, the day before what would have been their wedding anniversary. Held in Bristol, it will be a five kilometre run through the Ashton Court Estate, a 50 mile cycle through the Bristol countryside and a five kilometre dash through the Mendip hills to the finish line.

It will start at the Bristol Suspension Bridge entrance to Ashton Court before finishing at Nempnett Farm in Nempnett Thrubwell. The race will be followed with a celebratory evening event which will also raise funds for the Cardiomyopathy Association.

Sarah said: “Alex was an amazing person with a can-do attitude, and we wanted to do something that really honoured his memory.

“The event last year gave us something positive to focus on, and by organising another event this year we can continue raising money for a really worthwhile cause.

“We had a great turnout last year, and a lot of the participants formed some really strong friendships, which is something I know Alex would have wanted to see. He always got on fantastically with other people, and seeing friendships made at his event was really fitting.”

Around 100 people have already signed up for the challenge. To find out more, to register or to make a donation, visit the Kaiser Challenge website.

Holistic retreat raises £400 for church roof

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

A night of yoga and therapy has raised £400 for the effort to help repair the roof of All Saints Church.

The “holistic evening retreat” hosted at the Old Glossop church was held on the evening of Tuesday 11th June. The mix of Indian head massages, tai chi, foot spas and reflexology proved a success. It raised plenty of money raised and visitors asked for the event to become a regular occurrence. Stalls with jewellery, vegan cupcakes and health products on offer also formed part of the eclectic mix.

As well as acting as a fundraiser, the evening also helped promote health and wellbeing, organiser Ilana Alix said:

“There’s nothing more valuable than our health and wellbeing. When we feel well in ourselves, we are better able to tackle all of life’s challenges.

“It was wonderful to see so many people receiving the benefits of holistic therapies and going home noticeably happier and more well than when they arrived. We are definitely planning to run the event again.”




Community Companions to host golf fundraiser

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Glossop volunteer scheme Community Companions have announced their first fundraising event.

The Volunteer Centre operated group, which provides buddy services and travel assistance to the vulnerable, is to hold a golf competition on Sunday 8th September at Glossop Golf Club.

The day will include: coffee on arrival, an 18 hole golf match and a two course dinner. It will cost £25 per person and the deadline for booking places in Wednesday 7th August. The golf is to be played in teams of four, but those who don’t have a team will be found teammates to play with.

It has been organised by a new fundraising taskforce which is trying to raise a target of £1,000 to continue to fund the three main services they operate. Currently Community Companions offer:

- Driver Companions (volunteer car scheme) take clients to medical appointments if they are unable to access public transport.

- Shopping Companions (Time Out) escort clients to local shops, or shop on their behalf.

- Social Companions (befriending) help our clients visit local leisure or educational activities, or just have a coffee and a chat.

The fundraising group, are also planning further events to boost the funds and profile of the organisation.

Those wishing to book places on the golf fundraiser  can do so by calling Mike Perkin on 01457 865 135 or Dave Slack on 01457 852 212.

Glossop Mountain Rescue Team release info film

Monday, March 18th, 2013

The volunteers of Glossop Mountain Rescue Team (GMRT) have unveiled a five minute information film revolving around one of their call outs.

Made in conjunction with Alias Productions, the short video has been filmed over the last year or so and is centred on the rescue of a man, who called for GMRT assistance. It aims to help raise awareness of how vital the rescue team is, and is intended to boost fundraising efforts.

As well as chronicling that rescue attempt it gives background information on all the services the team provide and how to call out GMRT if you ever find yourself needing assistance.

You can watch the video below:



Willow Wood appeal for help at December events

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Tameside’s Willow Wood Hospice have released details of their upcoming fundraising days, in a bid to attract new visitors and volunteers to the events.

Based in Ashton Under Lyne, the hospice provides palliative care to those suffering with life-threatining illnesses.

As they rely heavily on donations from members of the public, they hold a number of events each month to raise money and awareness for the hospice’s services. They also have a charity shop on Glossop High Street.

This December they have several events at which they are hoping to get a great turn out of both visitors and volunteers.

On Saturday 1st, Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th and Saturday 22nd December between 11:00am and 3:00pm, they will require help running their Santa in Pantoland event at Ladysmith Shopping Centre in Ashton.

There will also be can collection events running during December at which volunteers and donations will be most welcome. These will take place between 10:00am and 4:00pm on the 1st and 2nd December at Sainsburys, Denton and on the 8th December at Morrisons, Hyde.

Between Wednesday 19th and Monday 24th December, the group will be bag packing at Marks & Spencer, Ashton and on Thursday 20th December at Ashton Market Place they will be selling raffle tickets betwen 10:00am and 4:00pm.

Although the events run for four hours, the volunteers will work in two hour stints to make it easier for people to get involved. Anyone wanting more information on how to volunteer can contact Head of Fundraising John Fellowes on 0161 330 7788.




Fallen officers honoured in charity match

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Manchester City Football Club have announced they will be hosting a charity match to raise funds for the families of two fallen police officers.

PC’s Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes were killed whilst responding to a call in Hattersley, in September this year. The incident caused an outpouring of grief and emotion across the country and led to Greater Manchester Police receiving over 25,000 messages of condolence from members of the public.

In an effort to help support the families of the two women, the football club have announced that a Former Players XI will play a fundraising match against a Greater Manchester Police team.

Taking place at Ewen Fields in Hyde on the 25th November, the game will kick off at 2pm and will feature former Manchester City legends including Paul Dickov, Andy Morrison and Uwe Rosler.

Adult tickets will cost £5 whilst OAP’s and juniors will be allowed in for free. All proceeds from the game will go to the families of PC Bone and PC Hughes.

Vet puts in dogged climbing effort to help out local charity

Friday, June 29th, 2012



A plucky vet and her canine friend are to climb Ben Nevis to help the animals of Tameside and Glossop.

Rachel Bean and her trusty pal Wisp will be taking on the British Isles’ highest mountain on the 5th July to help raise valuable funds for the Tameside and Glossop branch of the RSPCA.

Although it’s not an enviable task, they are doing it because the charity organisation desperately needs donations to keep doing the priceless work they do with animals in need.

So whilst Rachel and Wisp get their hiking boots on, why not open your hearts and empty your wallets by donating and leaving Rachel a message of support on her fundraising page.