Beaver Ball raises £3,000 for fam­i­lies

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY TRAGEDY - KAREN BRIT­TON

MU­SIC fans turned out for a char­ity gig which was brought back af­ter more than a decade in aid of the Bosley dis­as­ter fund.

The Beaver Ball re­turned to Mac­cles­field to help raise money for those fam­i­lies af­fected by the mas­sive ex­plo­sion at the wood mill in Bosley last month.

The gig, which was head­lined by Mac­cles­field soul band The Scream­ing Beavers, used to take place regularly but had not hap­pened since 2003.

But the band and its friends de­cided to res­ur­rect the event in aid of the Bosley fund.

It took place at Mac­cles­field Leisure Cen­tre, with other lo­cal sup­port­ing acts Chi­nese Mar­bles and Apollo Dawn, and raised around £3,000.

Andy Greenwood, from Limpet Mar­ket­ing, who or­gan­ised the event with Rachel Kearns, said: “It was a fan­tas­tic night.

“I live near Bosley and have a few friends who worked at the mill, so I wanted to help.

“I used to help the Scream­ing Beavers run mu­sic nights years ago and we started run­ning the an­nual con­certs which grew and grew.

“We had the last one in 2003 and thought the Bosley fund was the per­fect ex­cuse to hold one again.”

The online fund at gofundme.com is nearly £67,000 but it’s es­ti­mated that with funds com­ing in from events, the to­tal is nearly £100,000.

Joan Low­den is hold­ing a car boot on Gar­den Close, Mac­cles­field on Satur­day, from 10am to 4pm. Call 07752 620305 to take part.

On Sun­day, a char­ity net­ball tour­na­ment will take place at Fal­li­b­roome Academy and there is a mu­sic fes­ti­val at The Knot pub in Rush­ton Spencer.

Also on Sun­day, a fundrais­ing day will take place at The New Lib­eral Club in Mac­cles­field, with barbe- cue, en­ter­tain­ment and auc­tion from 11am.

A char­ity football match with ex-pro­fes­sional foot­ballers and celebri­ties against a team of Bosley res­i­dents will take place at Mac­cles­field Town on Sun­day, Septem­ber 6.

Bosley parish coun­cil­lor Sylvia Jenk­in­son, who set up the fund, said: “The ex­plo­sion is go­ing to af­fect peo­ple for a long time and we want to raise more money.

“It’s been heart­warm­ing what ev­ery­one has done.”

A cam­paign is be­ing run to dis­trib­ute Help Bosley wrist­bands and spread the word.

Or­gan­is­ers are run­ning a com­pe­ti­tion to send in pic­tures of the most un­usual way and lo­ca­tion to wear the wrist­bands.

Send pic­tures to face­book.com/help­bosley.

Pic­tures: Tim Doggett Pho­tog­ra­phy

●● A num­ber of acts took to the stage at the Beaver Ball to raise money for the Bosley dis­as­ter fund

●● Leek United staff (from left) Elly Haver­tyWil­liams, Julie Collins, Jeanette Mount­ford, Richard Czap­ski and Alex Beachell with their fundrais­ing cake stall at the St Ed­ward Street branch

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