THIS year’s Christmas is going to be the best since sliced bread for a host of youngsters thanks to a couple called Warburton and a Saddleworth bakery.
Throughout the year, Buckley’s on Uppermill High Street has supplied surplus bread and muffins for distribution to a number of individuals, businesses and charities.
One such outlet is Uppermill Conservative Club where Matthew and Rebecca Warburton plus Rebecca’s mum Vicky Biltcliffe used their loaf to turn the weekly handouts into dough of a different kind.
“Buckley’s has been really kind,” said Rebecca, who is stewardess at the club alongside husband Matthew.
“The bread is still in its sell-by date and we give it away free to customers but ask them for a donation,” added Rebecca.
“All the money has been saved so when we have our Santa’s grotto all the children who come along will receive a free Christmas present.
“We trialled it last year but just mainly with sweets. This time we really wanted to push it.”
Friezland Brass Band will play at the Conservative Club’s Christmas function on Sunday, December 23 between 2-4pm.
Emmaus Mossley and the Samantha Jones Trust are two other organisations to benefit from Buckley’s weekly bread distribution.
Bakery owner Graham Scholes told the Independent: “Rather than throw away anything which is left over after a weekend, we decided to give it away.
“Wholesale has become our priority and that requires a longer shelf life. But the bread we give away is still two days within date.
“And we are glad it is being put to good use and in this case has helped provide children with presents they may not have got.”