Paddle power in Stalybridge

Young people braved the weather and took to the water to raise money for homeless charities.

Students from Works4U, a college based in Stalybridge for young people aged 16-24 with specialist needs, kayaked on Stamford Park Boating Lake to raise money for homeless charities, both national and global.

The funds raised by Works4U learners will be distributed between several different charities. The money will provide much needed essentials to the homeless such as clothing, toiletries, meals and non-perishable foods.

The specialist college at The Peacock, Ambleside, supports local charities in and around the Manchester/Tameside areas, as well as a charity in Goa which feeds migrant workers and street children.

Community projects co-ordinator Jade Mulholland, who is responsible for planning, promoting and delivering community projects with the help of the learners at Works4U, said: “The kayaking event went really well.

“We had three groups of learners who took part in the event and there were six learners in each group. They did a 30 minute session each in the water.

“All staff and learners thoroughly enjoyed the day - it was a fantastic way to raise monies for our homeless charities and a great way to celebrate the last day of term.”

An impressive £430 was raised on the day and if you would like to donate to the cause visit


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