MERA delight at summer Mossley SOUP

MICKLEHURST Estate Residents Association (MERA) scooped the most votes at the eighth community crowd funding dinner Mossley SOUP event, winning £1,229.

MERA volunteers Lindsey Tweed and Irene Raddings

The event, held at Emmaus Mossley and sponsored by the Pet Care Company, was attended by 116 guests who donated £5 each in return for soup, entertainment, presentations from four local projects and a vote.

The winning project was presented on behalf of MERA by local volunteers Lindsey Tweed and Irene Raddings.

Lindsey said: “This was the first time I’ve ever done anything like this.

“It was also the first time I have ever been to Mossley SOUP. So, I didn’t know what to expect.

“It was a little daunting, especially as MERA were up first, but I soon got into it.

“I couldn’t believe it when we were announced as the winners. The money we received will be used to fund the coach for Childflight, to help develop more disabled access at Muddy Buddies and to continue to support Bingo and the Foodbank.

“I would like to thank everyone for their votes and supporting us and to everyone who gives their time to MERA activities.”

Lindsey Tweed and Irene Raddings from MERA with Mossley SOUP volunteer Dave Jones

Presenters from four projects had four minutes each to share their idea followed by four questions from the audience.

Along with MERA, the three other projects appealing for support were Mossley Hollins Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, The Exploration Emporium and YOU.

In addition to entrance donations and £100 donated by The Pet Care Company, the winner’s pot included funds raised by a raffle, a charity cheese night at The Britannia Inn and a recent Off The Rails Comedy Club fundraiser.

Diners chat at Mossley SOUP

Raffle prizes were donated by Cotton Clouds Festival, Dinnerstone, Donkeystone Brewery and The Allotment Cafe and The White Hart in Lydgate.

Four freshly made soups were prepared by local volunteers Rory Callaghan from The Allotment Cafe and Gordon Collinge.

Soup ingredients and bread was donated by A Taylor & Son Family Butchers, Coop Mossley, JW Buckley’s Bakery and greengrocers R Noone & Son.

Project ideas are being sought from individuals, artists, community groups, charities and new business start-ups for the next Mossley SOUP event on October 24.

For more information, to submit a proposal and for details of future Mossley SOUP events, head to http://bit.ly/MossleySOUP

The other three projects were:

• Mossley Hollins Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme: The DofE award is invaluable in helping Mossley Hollins students develop personally in terms of self-confidence, teamwork and resilience.

The project is appealing for funds to provide necessary equipment, maps and other resources to enable a greater number of students to take part.

• The Exploration Emporium: This project is looking to transform an empty shop in Ashton into a magical emporium where children’s imaginations will take them on fantastical journeys to who knows where.

The group are appealing for funds to open and run workshops with Mossley groups to promote creativity in both children and adults.

• YOU: YOU is a project that will encourage individuals in Mossley to participate in a range of local activities, improving health and well-being in the town.

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