A BOOST of £750 has been presented to mental health charity MIND by Saddleworth Singers to help local children and young people.
The ladies’ choir raised the money throughout 2018 with fundraisers including two Zumba sessions, cake sales, donations, and concert profits.
The cheque was presented to Jason Bromley from the charity’s local branch, which covers Tameside, Oldham and Glossop.
He said: “Thank you so much for raising this money for us. It is massively appreciated and will go a long way to helping children and young people.”
He explained the money will be spent locally, not nationally, to help children and young people access early support, helping to circumnavigate long NHS waiting lists.
The charity works with the community as well as with pupils and teachers in schools, offering sessions, assemblies and counselling.
For 2019, the choir’s chosen charity is Maggie’s Oldham, based at a state-of-the-art centre by the Royal Oldham Hospital.
The centre is staffed by friendly professionals who support and help in one-to-one sessions, workshops or supportive groups for anyone affected by cancer.
Look out for fundraising events to support the charity later in the year.
Meanwhile, Saddleworth Singers are busy rehearing for their Summer Concert on Saturday, July 6 at Uppermill Civic Hall followed by their Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 14, also at Uppermill Civic Hall.
The popular ladies’ choir is almost at capacity – there is space for altos or second sopranos. Please ring Sylvie on 07776 454440 if you are interested in joining.