Mabel’s legacy brings Easter early for foodbank

THE Stalybridge-based Tameside East Foodbank has just received £135 of Easter eggs.

Cllr Clive Patrick at Tameside East foodbank with Easter eggs gifted courtesy of Mabel’s Fund

The donation came from the Mabel Fund after Mabel Wilson, who was raised in Carrbrook, left a five-figure legacy in her will to benefit the people of her home town.

And the foodbank has again been a beneficiary as at Christmas £1,000 worth of toys were donated.

Cllr Clive Patrick, who is administering the fund along with Joanne Walker said: “When we were delivering the Christmas presents, someone mentioned that Easter, like Christmas, can be a little upsetting for parents if they can’t give to their children what the children’s friends are getting.
“We have relieved that pressure from more than a hundred families.

“Again the Mabel Fund is allowing us to do some good in the community.”

Cllr Patrick also asked for individuals or organisations to apply for money from the Mabel Fund to spend on projects. He has selected four projects to receive money.

Nanette Backhouse received £150 to restock four planters on the platform at Stalybridge Station.

Emie Backhouse with the planters gifted to Stalybridge Train Station

She wrote: “I commute into Manchester every day from Stalybridge train station and wondered whether there would be money available for my husband Ernie and I to redo all the tired planter/pots on the platforms with new plants/grasses.

“We are both very keen gardeners so know what we are doing. Just thought this may be something everyone would enjoy. Most probably £150 would enable us to do a good job/make a difference.”

Mark Gaskell, from Under-15s football team AFC Stanley, applied to help to buy new training kit, and were given £250.

Though the team is based in Hyde, the nucleus of its players are from Stalybridge, with nine students at West Hill.

You Can Youth, a charity run by Terry Drabble and friends on the Mosscare Estate in Carrbrook, asked for money to buy fruit trees for its garden and playground it runs. They are being given £160.

The final request was from two women who asked for a donation of £240 to plant flowers around the rock roundabout in Carrbrook.

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