Men of Rochdale at­tend 25th char­ity lun­cheon

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THE bor­ough’s men were hon­oured at an an­nual char­ity lun­cheon.

The Men of Rochdale gath­ered for their cel­e­bra­tion - now in its 25th year - at Rochdale Town Hall on Fri­day No­vem­ber 23 to sup­port Springhill Hospice.

Start­ing in 1994, the awards have seen the most ded­i­cated and in­spir­ing men from Rochdale cel­e­brated for their in­spir­ing work.

This year’s de­serv­ing win­ner was Mr John Fred­er­ick Kay. John has helped to raise hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds for lo­cal char­i­ties, in­clud­ing Rochdale Con­nec­tions Trust, a lo­cal char­ity set up 20 years ago to sup­port young peo­ple and fam­i­lies fac­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, of which John is a found­ing trustee.

Nu­mer­ous char­i­ties have ben­e­fit­ted from the fundrais­ing work of the Ro­tary Club of Rochdale, with which John has been in­volved for many years.

John was pre­sented with the plate bear­ing the names of all the pre­vi­ous win­ners of the award in­clud­ing last year’s Man of Rochdale, John Swinden.

John Swinden, known as ‘the singing jeweller’ said: “It was a ter­rific honour to win the award last year, I was so over­come.

“I have been at­tend­ing the event for a few years and I don’t think that you could get a nicer set­ting. This year I also get a seat at the top ta­ble.”

Rochdale Mayor, Coun­cil­lor Mo­hammed Za­man who sup­ports Springhill Hospice as one of his char­i­ties said: “A num­ber of peo­ple de­serve to win the award and I would like to con­grat­u­late all of the nom­i­nees. Keep up the good work.”

This year’s award saw 35 lo­cal men nom­i­nated for the award.

Tony Lloyd, MP for Rochdale said: “Each of the nom­i­nees for the award have achieved won­der­ful things.

“Their vol­un­tary work and com­mit­ment de­serves to be cel­e­brated. There is a lot of love and ded­i­ca­tion mak­ing sure that Springhill Hospice is well-funded.”

The pres­ti­gious event held at Rochdale Town Hall saw over 250 guests en­joyed de­li­cious four­course meal and were en­ter­tained by guest speaker, co­me­dian Dave Spikey. All pro­ceeds from the event go to Springhill Hospice.

So­phie Ans­ley, cor­po­rate and part­ner­ships fundraiser from Springhill Hospice said: “I would like to of­fer my con­grat­u­la­tions to John, such a de­serv­ing win­ner after so many years of won­der­ful work in his com­mu­nity.”

●●From left are John Swinden, John Fred­er­ick Kay and Rochdale Mayor, Coun­cil­lor Mo­hammed

●●Tony Lloyd, MP for Rochdale

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