A BOOST of £12,000 was shared between local clubs, groups and organisations after a successful fundraising year by the out-going chair of Saddleworth Parish Council.
Cllr Nicola Kirkham, who last month passed on the chains to Cllr Rob Knotts, hosted an exciting array of events to raise the money, including concerts, a fashion show, a psychic night, race day and more.
She presented cheques to her chosen charities at a special ceremony at the Civic Hall in Uppermill, supported by Cllr Katrina Roman who was chairman’s lady for the year.
Cllr Kirkham announced: “I believe that because the money has been raised in Saddleworth it should stay in Saddleworth.
“We have had a great time raising the money and I want to thank my charity committee has they have been fantastic. Also, thank you to everyone who has supported our events.”
Cllr Kirkham presented a cheque to her main charity Saddleworth Mounted Observers to help as they set up their new initiative.
They are volunteers from the community who will help to be an extra pair of eye and ears for the local police as they ride around the community.
About 40 volunteers have signed up and will be on the look-out for abandoned vehicles, fly tipping and suspicious people when the scheme launches in the next few months.
Cllr Kirkham gave £1,000 to each of Delph Youth Band and Dobcross Youth Band, saying “a lot of time we focus on the main bands but youth are the future.”
The remainder of the money was donated to: Saddleworth Ladies Lifeboat Guild; Oldham Mountain Rescue Team; Saddleworth Museum; Dovestone Youth Rangers; Brownies; Funky Fitness and Fun; Samantha Jones Trust; Saddleworth Morris Men; Hawkyard and Whitehead Educational Trust; Oldham Link – Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline; Uppermill Cubs; Saddleworth Air Cadets; Delph Whit Friday Band Contest; Destination Florida Fund; Saddleworth Home Safety Committee; St Thomas’s Church Delph and Denshaw Church.