Events go on as more than £40,000 is raised

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY TRAGEDY: ONE WEEK ON -

THE com­mu­nity has ral­lied in sup­port of fam­i­lies af­fected by the Bosley dis­as­ter.

Res­i­dents were quick to ac­tion when the ex­plo­sion hap­pened to help fam­i­lies who have lost loved ones and work­ers who lost jobs at the mill.

An online fund at gofundme.com was set up by Sylvia Jenk­in­son, from Bosley Parish Coun­cil, which is now more then £17,000 and a ‘Help Bosley’ Face­book page has been pulling to­gether events.

There are signs across the area pro­mot­ing the ap­peal and peo­ple have been turn­ing up at Bosley pubs with sup­plies for fam­i­lies.

A bucket col­lec­tion at the Trea­cle Mar­ket on Sun­day raised £2,000.

A ser­vice of prayer was held at St Barn­abas Church in Mac­cles­field af­ter a re­quest by the sis­ter of Clare Thor­ley, who was in­jured in the blast. Char­ity rides by bik­ers groups Bit­ter and Twisted and Jesters raised more than £2,000.

On Fri­day, around 2,000 peo­ple at­tended a fundraiser at the Har­ring­ton Arms which raised more than £10,000.

Tim Doggett, who runs the Help Bosley Face­book page and helped or­gan­ise the event, said events so far have raised more than £40,000. He said: “It’s been amaz­ing. Peo­ple have do­nated so much and fam­i­lies have been lifted by the sup­port.”

Bosley Wood Treat­ment Tug of War team, wore black arm­bands to com­pete at the South West Open Tug of War Cham­pi­onships on Sun­day.

They made the fi­nal of the 600kg com­pe­ti­tion and nar­rowly lost to Oxney Vines Cross from Sus­sex.

The club is run­ning a fundrais­ing tug of war com­pe­ti­tion at the Queens Arms Fam­ily Fun Day at 1pm on Satur­day, Au­gust 8. To en­ter email Alan Knott on alan_p_ knott@hot­mail.com or 07976 591222.

Alan said: “We wore black arm­bands as a mark of re­spect and the other teams ob­served a minute’s si­lence. We thanks the com­mu­nity for their sup­port.”

The Queens Arms in Bosley is host­ing an event on Fri­day evening.

So­ci­ety bar at Dukes Court, Mac­cles­field, is host­ing events on Fri­day, Au­gust 7, from 7pm and on Sun­day, Au­gust 9.

The Bate Hall on Ch­ester­gate, Mac­cles­field is hold­ing a mu­sic event on Satur­day, Au­gust 8, from 7pm.

Ella’s beauty sa­lon on Mill Lane is hav­ing a char­ity pam­per day on Sun­day, Au­gust 30, 10am to 3pm.

Kelvin Barks, brother of Wil­liam Barks who died, is lead­ing a dis­as­ter fund through Bar­clays Bank.

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