Sparkling Gems dig deep for £250,000 tar­get

Middleton Guardian - - YOUR PICTURES - DA­MON WILKIN­SON

WELDERS, col­lege students, and con­ve­nience store staff are among the fundrais­ers who have been dig­ging deep to sup­port the GEM Ap­peal.

The Rochdale-based char­ity is try­ing to raise £250,000 for the Willink Unit at Royal Manchester Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

And over the last few weeks groups have been pulling out all the stops to help the cause, which raises money for re­search and treat­ment for in­cur­able ge­netic dis­eases in chil­dren.

Staff from Nisa on Shaw­clough Road do­nated a cheque for £101 to the char­ity.

Wendy Mills ran the Great Manchester Run on be­half of the ap­peal and has cur­rently raised £125 but money is still com­ing in.

A group of students from Hop­wood Hall Col­lege did a spon­sored walk around Holling- worth Lake af­ter GEM Ap­peal founder Karen John­son gave a talk about her work at the col­lege.

To date they have raised £200 with more to come.

Roger and Cath Sher­lock to­gether with friends from Rochdale and An­der­ton Ma­sonic lodges re­cently climbed Ben Ne­vis on be­half of the char­ity. They have raised £570. And eight pals from a weld­ing firm met GEM Ap­peal pa­tron Tim Healy, star of the smash hit com­edy show Benidorm, as they set off for Spain in a char­ity banger rally.

Tim, who plays the cross dress­ing bar­man Les in the show, met up with one of the teams from Gra­ham En­gi­neer­ing in Nel­son, Lan­cashire, af­ter they set off on the 1,400 mile Benidorm or Bust char­ity chal­lenge drive.

The pals were among hun­dreds tak­ing part in the rally which sets the chal­lenge to com­plete the drive in a banger car cost­ing no more than £500.

GEM Ap­peal trea­surer Garry Whit­worth said: “Ev­ery­body at the GEM ap­peal would like to say a mas­sive thank you for the ef­forts of all the par­tic­i­pants.”

The GEM Ap­peal was launched in 1993 by Karen John­son, of Bam­ford, af­ter she lost her two sons to the rare Hunter syn­drome.

So far it has raised more than £2.7m.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit gemap­peal.org.uk.

Hop­wood Hall Col­lege students com­pleted a spon­sored walk around Holling­worth Lake

Wendy Mills took part in the Great Manchester Run

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