Youth group gets timely funds boost

SADDLEWORTH’S NEXT generation is being given a boost for the future thanks to funds donated by the community’s generous organisations.

CHEQUE: Doug Greenwood (secretary), John Ainley (chairman) and Peter Mallinson (treasurer) with Claire Crossfield
CHEQUE: Doug Greenwood (secretary), John Ainley (chairman) and Peter Mallinson (treasurer) with Claire Crossfield

A £5,000 cheque was presented to Mahdlo Youth Zone by Saddleworth Rotary Club to help fund a minibus while Lucy Cobb ladies styling in Uppermill raised £2,900 by hosting a fashion show.

The minibus, which seats 15, will be used to transport young people to events, as well as extending the Oldham-based youth centre’s outreach services into the community.

Claire Crossfield, head of Private Sector Development at Mahdlo, revealed the Rotary’s donation made the purchase possible after making up the shortfall from a lottery grant.

“The Rotary Club has been really supportive and the bus is going to make a huge difference as we can be so much more responsive to young people’s needs,” she added.

“We always welcome more people to get involved, whether that’s young people who we can offer some stability or volunteers who want to manage and mentor, and do something to shake off the 9 to 5 you positively.”

Chairman of the Rotary Club, John Ainley, added: “We are pleased to offer our support to young people and help them get around the community more easily and get involved.

“Mahldo has come so far in a year and is a great asset to young people, providing many wonderful opportunities. We hope to continue supporting them in the future.”

TALENTED: Mahdlo Dance Troop entertain guests at the Casino Lunch
TALENTED: Mahdlo Dance Troop entertain guests at the Casino Lunch

The Rotary Club raised a further £1,000 for the youth group at a Casino Lunch at the White Hart in Lydgate, where games included a roulette wheel and Black Jack.

Guests were also entertained by magician Robert Ellams, an auction by Highams and Mahldo’s own dance troop of talented youngsters.

Mahdlo, which celebrated its first birthday in March, offers a safe place for children aged eight to 21 to meet and enjoy activities including arts and crafts, sports, and drama.

Their £5million centre is run by ten staff members, with around 30 part-time workers and more than 100 volunteers also on hand seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.

And they will be able to expand their opportunities on offer even further thanks to a donation of almost £3,000 raised by Lucy Cobb’s fashion show at the White Hart.

GRATEFUL: Claire Crossfield (left) receives a cheque from Lucy Cobb
GRATEFUL: Claire Crossfield (left) receives a cheque from Lucy Cobb

Organised by owner Lucy Cobb and manager Leigh Roscoe, the event gathered 180 ladies to view their spring collection modelled by local ladies and join in a raffle.

Youngsters from Mahdlo also got involved as dancers opened and closed the show, and others sold hand-made broaches and heart pillows to guests.

Lucy, who holds an annual fashion show in aid of Oldham Hospital’s Breast Cancer Unit, said: “Everyone’s generosity was incredible.

“Organising these events is hard work but it is very rewarding and raising for charity has always been a part of what we do at Lucy Cobb.

“We feel it’s important to give something back to the community, as even if it just gives a charity a little bit of a boost it is worth it.”

Added Claire: “Everyone really loved the event and it is something they will remember for the rest of their lives. To have so much local support is amazing.”

For more information about Mahdlo or to get involved as a volunteer, mentor or ambassador, ring 0161 624 0111, email info@mahdloyz.org or visit: http://www.mahdloyz.org. Mahdlo’s centre can be found on Egerton Street in Oldham.

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