Cash boost for group which helps re­tirees re­main ac­tive

Macclesfield Express - - CHAR­ITY NEWS -

A GROUP which aims to keep those in re­tire­ment ac­tive has been given a cash boost from an es­tate agent.

Gas­coigne Hal­man, which has of­fices in Mac­cles­field, do­nated £550 from its £25,000 Com­mu­nity Chal­lenge fund to char­ity Ac­tiv­ity in Re­tire­ment.

It will use the cash do­na­tion to buy a new com­puter.

The char­ity, which was es­tab­lished in 1989, en­ables older peo­ple in Mac­cles­field to ac­cess health and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties in an ef­fort to combat so­cial iso­la­tion in the com­mu­nity.

The group is run by vol­un­teers and of­fers over 27 dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties such as yoga, bowl­ing, danc­ing and day trips to it 750 mem­bers.

The char­ity, which uses Mac­cles­field Se­nior Cit­i­zen’s Hall, is us­ing the fund­ing to pur­chase a new com­puter that will be used to cre­ate their monthly news­let­ter, leaflets and ad­verts pro­mot­ing the club.

Liz Wel­ton, chair­woman of the char­ity, said “We are de­lighted to re­ceive this do­na­tion from Gas­coigne Hal­man. We des­per­ately needed a new com­puter to pro­duce our news­let­ter, which is dis­trib­uted to our mem­bers and keeps them in­formed.

“We also cre­ate leaflets and posters which en­cour­age new mem­bers to join, which is vi­tal to the group’s suc­cess.”

“The group had a great time show­ing the Gas­coigne Hal­man team one of our classes and put them through their paces.”

Gas­coigne Hal­man cel­e­brated its 25th an­niver­sary by set­ting up a £25,000 fund to sup­port lo­cal causes.

Its aim is to se­lect char­i­ties and com­mu­nity groups that cre­ate a pos­i­tive im­pact on the lo­cal com­mu­nity while pro­vid­ing long term ben­e­fits for the area.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess the es­tate agent has se­lected Breast Can­cer Care as its char­ity of the year for 2016.

Breast Can­cer Care pro­vides care, in­for­ma­tion and sup­port to peo­ple af­fected by breast can­cer.

Em­ploy­ees of Gas­coigne Hal­man, who are based at 18 of­fices across Cheshire, south Manch­ester and High Peak, will come to­gether dur­ing the year to take part in fundrais­ing events in­clud­ing a bake sale in June and a Wear it Pink Day in July.

●● From left: Mar­ion Grant, James Webster, Liz Wel­ton, Geoff Tyler and Yvonne Bur­ney

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