Popular Oldham Council worker thanks locals for support and donations after road accident

A POPULAR Oldham Council worker who was badly injured in a road accident in Uppermill has thanked locals for their good wishes and donations as he recovers at home.

Allan Mallalieu at the DIY Centre in Uppermill

Martin Burke, 65, was treated at Salford Royal Hospital after the incident on Wednesday, November 8 before being discharged.

Oldham Council Environmental Services said: “Martin is out of hospital and at home in more familiar surroundings to aid his recovery.

“He is still being monitored with regards the injuries sustained, but optimistic that a full recovery will be made.

“Martin and his family would like to pass on their thanks for all the well-wishers and kind donations.”

Locals and businesses rallied around after hearing the news of the accident, collecting funds to help aid the road sweeper and litter collector’s treatment and recovery.

Kind-hearted residents at Riverside in Uppermill donated £78 in a collection organised by Rita Holt and Donata Butler.

And Allan Mallalieu from the DIY Centre on the High Street helped raised more than £800 from donations.

“I used to see Martin most days when I came to work,” explained Allan from Springhead.

“He would always let on and say ‘hello’ and it’s terrible what’s happened. So, I decided to set up the appeal, never thinking it would be so well supported.

“Customers who come into the shop have donated spare change and nearly every business I asked gave something.”


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