THE FUND set up in memory of a woman born in Stalybridge to help her home town produced more Christmas gifts this year.
Mabel Wilson’s legacy lives on as toys and festive favourites were handed over to Tameside East Foodbank, which is based at Holy Trinity Church.And on Saturday, December 14, residents of three care homes were treated to concerts featuring many of the favourites from this time of year.
Heyrod Band played at Millbrook Care Home, Oakwood and Parkhill and Councillor Clive Patrick, who played a huge role in setting the fund up, was delighted with the response.
And Joanne Walker, whose approach to Cllr Patrick helped establish the pot of cash, which started at £5,000 and more than doubled, was also left with a smile on her face.
He said: “Each concert lasted 30 minutes and seemed to be enjoyed by all of the residents in each location.
“This was the second time that Mabel’s fund had paid for these concerts but this year for the first time we took with us very large well-stocked hampers containing all sorts of delicious seasonal fayre for the residents, staff and visitors.
“Joanne and I enjoyed singing along with the residents and it was lovely to see eyes sparkle as the residents heard familiar tunes and joined in the well-known Christmas carol classics and in some cases puzzled faces suddenly becoming animated.”Tameside East Foodbank also received donations of selection boxes from Lian’s Nail & Beauty Shack, which asked clients to contribute to them rather than giving her tips.
And players and families from Stalybridge Celtic Junior Football Club handed over a whopping 156kg of food.