A STAGGERING £10,000 has been raised in just 12 months by a dedicated women’s group to help the Oldham Mountain Rescue Team.
Saddleworth Ladies Fundraising Committee (SLFC) arranged various innovative events throughout the year, including a ladies night and comedy evening, to raise the funds.
And their sterling efforts were welcomed by Mick Nield, the leader of the 40-strong volunteer team.
He said:”It’s the single biggest donation we have received this year and an outstanding contribution to team funds.
“A donation of this size not only helps the team provide vital mountain rescue services to the area but also alleviates pressure on team members fundraising commitments.
“The Saddleworth ladies group have worked hard on our behalf and their effort is greatly appreciated by all in the team.”
The stalwart team comprises Jane Cooksey (treasurer), Louise Holt, LucePlevin, Julie Southern, Clare Flood, Lisa Stead, Lisa Cookson, Lisa Birtles and Vicki Broughton.
Julie said: “On learning about the amazing job mountain rescue perform for Oldham, Saddleworth and further afield, without any hesitation we decided to support them.”
The women held a ladies night at the Milan bar, Lees, and in September arranged a climb up Helvellyn foraround 40 people, raising more than £4,000.
In October, there was a comedy evening at The Royal George, Greenfield, followed by a family quiz in November at Barneys, Denshaw.
Their efforts culminated at a glittering annual dinner and final event for the year at The White Hart, Lydgate, in January.
In addition, several committee members supported OMRT for their 50th anniversary by abseiling down Oldham Civic Centre to boost their donation by £1,500.
The Ladies group was formed more than 20 years ago with an aim to raise £10,000 each year and they have previously helped Dr Kershaw’s, Oldham Support for Carers in Autism and Christies at Oldham.
Next year they are supporting Oldham Young Carers, focussing on helping children and young adults in the community.