Join our appeal to help families hit by tragedy
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