Six charities join forces for Give Local Oldham

THEY say charity begins at home – that’s the principle behind the Give Local Oldham campaign.

The ‘Give Local’ team: Caitlin Hawkins (Oldham Coliseum), Clare Taylor (Action Oldham), Claire Crossfield (MAHDLO), Laura Tomlinson (Maggie’s Oldham). FRONT: Michael Unsworth (Kingfisher School), Angela Higham (Dr Kershaw’s Hospice) and Susan Pownall (Action Oldham)

Six Oldham charities – Action Oldham Fund, Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, Kingfisher Special School, Maggie’s, Madhlo and Oldham Coliseum Theatre – are collaborating this festive season to raise money that will help improve the lives of people across the borough.

Give Local is a fundraising initiative showcasing great causes across Oldham, spreading the word about the difference they make, and how they work together for the town.

The six charities are fundraising with a series of bucket collections and raffles, including at supermarkets, Oldham Athletic FC matches, and the Coliseum throughout the run of their pantomime ‘Dick Whittington’.

Thanks to Sir Norman Stoller CBE DL, all money raised for Give Local Oldham will be doubled by The Stoller Charitable Trust and split equally between each charity.

Sir Norman Stoller commented: “All six charities are working so hard for the good of the borough and the Trust will be happy to make sure every pound raised is doubled so the good work can continue and Oldham thrives.”

The six charities involved in Give Local Oldham work tirelessly to provide much-needed support and opportunities to the people and communities of Oldham.

Kingfisher Special School is the only school in Oldham for primary aged children with severe and complex learning difficulties. The children have a huge range of special needs and disabilities, ranging from life limiting and threatening medical conditions, severe and complex autism, physical disabilities to communication needs and heading and visual impairments.

Mahdlo provides positive activities and practical support for young people ages 8-19 (25 for those with disabilities) to come together, learn new skills and address any issues they may face. The centre is open whenever schools are closed, providing a safe but exciting environment which inspires young people to challenge themselves to grow and develop in all aspects of their lives.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre is one of the longest-running organisations in the borough. Best-known for its award-winning home-grown plays and musicals, the theatre also provides a wide variety of participatory activities to develop creative programmes to facilitate learning, engagement and community cohesion.

Maggie’s Oldham, built in the grounds of The Royal Oldham Hospital, provides free practical and emotional support for people living with cancer and their families and friends. Maggie’s is a warm and welcoming place, with qualified professionals on hand to offer a programme of support.

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice provides a range of services tailored to those living with life-limiting illness along with their families. They also help people to die in peace and dignity and offer support for their loved ones afterwards.

Action Oldham Fund supports good causes across the borough with grants, so they can make a real difference to local lives. They encourage giving to smaller volunteer-led organisations, such as older people’s luncheon clubs and self-help groups, to transform the lives of people right on our doorstep.


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