Cash boost for group which helps retirees remain active
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