Ahead of this year’s famous Santa Dash, mega-givers Saddleworth Round Table (SRT) have revealed the list of organisations who have benefitted from their fundraising.
An additional needs and disabilities children’s charity based in Oldham came to SRT to fund one of their many activity days they put on for many children and their family. Point’s mission is to ensure parents and carers have meaningful information, advice and peer support. Point has over 1,700 members.
Firstly Saddleworth Round Table booked the whole Millgate Arts centre for children and families to enjoy the Christmas pantomime. Sharon Davis of Point commented: “They all had a fantastic time and it was wonderful to see and hear all the kids getting involved. Thank you to all the cast and the staff at Millgate Theatre and Saddleworth Round Table. So warm and welcoming. Great atmosphere and non-judgemental.”
Secondly, SRT put on three coaches for the POINT summer trip to Gullivers World for 164, this enabled other children and families to enjoy a day out that would otherwise be hard to achieve.
Saddleworth lights committee - £2,000 ring-fenced
Saddleworth Round Table are working closely with the lights committee to donate significant money to light up the park and square for 2020. Money has been ringfenced at mom SRT and they will work with the lights committee and Oldham Council to get maximum impact from the pledged money and other donations.
Paul Lowcock, a Round Table stalwart who sadly passed away this year, had a huge impact on getting the switch-on in Uppermill. The works SRT will put in place with the lights committee will make Uppermill look great at Christmas and leave a legacy to honour Paul.
Uppermill Cricket Club - £1,000
SRT have worked with Uppermill Cricket Club to replace their cricket nets which where in desperate need of replacing. The club worked hard with other organisations to bring a state-of-the-art nets to the club to be used by all levels including the youth teams. SRT enjoy working with pro-active clubs who inspire the children of our community to stay active
Saddleworth Olympics - £3,000
The SRT say they are proud to continue their long-standing support towards the Saddleworth Village Olympics. This year, as headline sponsor, the Round Table donated £3,000 towards the fantastic event. The donation has helped to safeguard the event for the next few years as the impact of bad weather has taken effect in 2018. The Saddleworth institution had a fantastic year in 2019 and the Round Table say they are already looking forward to 2020.
Kindness Cards Projects - £200
Round Table is able to support very small charities which do not have access to traditional funding methods, one such is Kindness Cards Project, who received £200. The locally-run charity sends cards and friendship bracelets to anyone in the UK suffering from illness, a disability or mental health condition or just going through a hard time.
RSPCA - £500
We all know the good work that the RSPCA does nationwide. On a local level, the Round Table has donated £500 to RSPCA Bury and Oldham district to fund new kennels at the Strinesdale centre.
The Dovestone Youth Rangers - £300
The group meet weekly to engage in different environmental projects benefitting the community of Saddleworth, tree felling, pond and habitat building, monitoring wildlife, nature and history tours, litter picking, gardening at local Sheltered Housing. The £300 donated to purchase new tools and equipment will be well used.
Local defibrillator - £1,400
Earlier this year, the Round Table were approached by Ron Bunting, who asked them to help him raise funds to purchase and install a defibrillator at the Church Inn, Uppermill. Ron’s vision of installing a defibrillator at this popular, isolated spot was a project that SRT felt very strongly about supporting by donating £1,400.
Girl guides and Brownies - £500
This year, the Round Table donated £500 funding the shortfall in the Brownies 42nd Oldham annual trip. The girls took a trip to Blackpool Sealife.
Charity beer festival - £400
This year saw the return of the Saddleworth Charity Beer Festival, a fantastic event which raises funds for The British Legion and towards refurbishing the Rush Cart.
Boarshurst band - £1,500
The Round Table had the opportunity to play their part in securing the future of Boardhurst Silver Bands historic sheet music collection. Donating £1,500 helped refurbish their sheet library.
3D Dynamos - £900
The SRT also support local sporting clubs. This year, they are the sponsors of 3D Dynamos’ first and second team.
Uppermill Futsal - £800
The Round Table also supported Uppermill FC’s U10s Futsal team. Futsal is a fast-paced, skill-intensive game, played with a smaller and heavier football which keeps the ball on the floor and in play for longer. The Round Table say they hope the £800 donation helps grassroots sports grow in the community.
Millgate Arts Centre, Delph - £1,000
The centre has seen a donation of £1,000 to pay for external signage on the refurbished property. The contribution has helped the centre go from strength to strength including replacing the roof, new seats in the auditorium to new state-of-the-art lighting.
Westwood Primary School - £1,000
SRT say they recognise the astonishing achievements of the school in the north west facing some of the most difficult circumstances but flourishing as a school, receiving some of the best Ofsted ratings in the North West.
Head teacher Jonathan Bell came to SRT with a proposal to part-fund an outside play frame to be used by pupils. SRT donated £1,000 to the cause.
Members of Saddleworth Round Table and the Mayor of Oldham, Cllr Ginny Alexander, at their Oktober Pie Fest.