Cash boost for local groups thanks to Uppermill Co-op

THREE deserving organisations have received welcome cash boosts thanks to Uppermill Co-op’s Local Community Fund.

The initiative sees Co-op shoppers and members donate one per cent of their spend on Co-op products to raise money for a range of chosen causes.

After this round of funding at the village high street store, Saddleworth Village Olympics were awarded £1,944, Springhead Management Company received £1,743 and £1,671 went to 52nd Oldham Rainbows (Uppermill).

Saddleworth Village Olympics organise an annual competition for children aged seven to 16 years old, with sports ranging from football and athletics to tag rugby and dodgeball.

Hundreds of youngsters took part in this year’s event, with ethos of strengthening the community through a common interest in sport, friendship and ‘having a go’ whatever the result.

Adrian Green, Stephen Hewitt and Scott Longley from Saddleworth Village Olympics receive the cheque from Co-op staff members Louie Daley and Wendy Johnson

Springhead Management Company, which runs Springhead Community Centre, is a charity which aims to improving facilities and well-being of Springhead residents. 

The money received will go towards refurbishing the ladies’ toilets at the community centre on Ashes Lane.

Barbara Beeley from Springhead Management Company receives the cheque from Co-op staff members Sophie Ball and Martin Poole

52nd Oldham Rainbows (Uppermill) will use their funds to take the girls on some trips, as well as purchasing new supplies for the unit that are much needed.

The money will also allow the group to purchase more badges so the Rainbows can take part in some of the fantastic fun activities that Girl Guiding has to offer. 

The group recently designed a bright window display as part of the annual Uppermill Advent Calendar, pictured left.

They meet on Thursday evenings at St Chads Parish Centre and are always looking for new volunteers. 

For more information and to get involved, visit or email:

52nd Oldham (Uppermill) Rainbows’ window created for the Uppermill Advent Calendar

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