Join our ap­peal to help fam­i­lies hit by tragedy

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY TRAGEDY: ONE WEEK ON - KAREN BRIT­TON

THE Mac­cles­field Ex­press is show­ing its sup­port for vic­tims of the Bosley dis­as­ter and their fam­i­lies by en­cour­ag­ing em­ploy­ees across the town to ‘bring a pound to work’.

The Ex­press has joined forces with ra­dio sta­tion Silk 106.9FM to launch ‘Bring a Pound to Work’ day to en­cour­age peo­ple to do­nate at least £1 to those af­fected by the mas­sive ex­plo­sion at Wood Flour Mill.

Four work­ers are thought to have died in the ex­plo­sion.

Four peo­ple are still be­ing treated in hos­pi­tal for se­vere burns. As well as this, more than 50 em­ploy­ees lost their jobs.

The com­mu­nity has ral­lied round to do­nate sup­plies and money for af­fected fam­i­lies, launch­ing a fund which al­ready stands at more than £40,000. The Bring a Pound to Work fund will be added to this kitty.

Gareth Tid­man, Ex­press editor, said: “The tragedy of Bosley has touched the very heart of our com­mu­nity and the lo­cal re­sponse has been fan­tas­tic. This is an ex­cel­lent way that we can all play our part in help­ing the vic­tims of his ter­ri­ble tragedy.”

David Flavell, sta­tion man­ager at Silk 106.9, said: “We’re call­ing it bring a pound to work, but ob­vi­ously we hope peo­ple will be able to bring more than that for the Bosley fam­i­lies. In an in­stant peo­ple lost their lives, be­came badly in­jured and at least 50 peo­ple lost their jobs when the mill was com­pletely de­stroyed.

“Bosley is at the heart of our com­mu­nity and we wanted to do some­thing to help. Peo­ple will be wak­ing up to­day with no job and won­der­ing how they can pay the bills. The com­mu­nity has re­ally pulled to­gether and we wanted to do what we can too.”

Around 80 busi­nesses have al­ready signed up to the ap­peal and will col­lect money from staff, which will then be col­lected by the ra­dio sta­tion on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 5, be­tween 6am and 6pm.

David said: “We plan to visit ev­ery busi­ness on the day and our pre­sen­ters will speak to em­ploy­ees tak­ing part. We urge busi­nesses of all types and sizes to sign up.”

The com­mu­nity fund was set up by Sylvia Jenk­in­son, from Bosley Parish Coun­cil. Events have in­cluded a fundraiser at The Har­ring­ton Arms on Fri­day and a biker char­ity ride-out on Sun­day. This Fri­day at 7.30pm there is a north­ern soul night, raf­fle and auc­tion at the Queens Arms.

To register go to mac­cles­field-ex­press.co.uk

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