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May 3, 2019

Laura’s high-flying plan for hospice

A WORKPLACE drive to raise funds for a children's hospice has inspired a young woman to fulfil a life-long ambition. Adventurous Laura Whitworth, 24, is planning to tick a skydive off her bucket list – and raise funds for the Donna Louise Hospice at the same time. Laura, who works at the Uttoxeter branch of Leek United Building Society, is planning to leap from a plane this weekend in a bid to boost funds for the hospice.

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May 3, 2019

Number one bid for fundraising students

A SCHOOL choir is aiming to reach number one in the UK charts with a song they are releasing in memory of a former teacher. Television presenter, panto star, and singer Jonathan Wilkes visited Cheadle Academy yesterday to help the school's Sixth Form choir prepare for their recording of their single 'My Oh My' at Staffordshire University today. The choir began singing together in supermarkets during the festive period of 2017, following the sad death of their teacher Craig Beverley who passed away in October 2016.

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April 18, 2019

Moorlands bikers part of annual charity run

BIKERS from the Moorlands have taken part in an annual charity run. The 41st Annual Egg Run, which started from Stoke City Football Club, took place on Sunday, April 14. In the Staffordshire Moorlands, there was a local meet up point from The Blacksmith's Arms in Kingsley.

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March 14, 2019

Newlife shop will close

A CHARITY has confirmed that it will be closing it's popular shop in an East Staffordshire town. The announcement from Newlife comes despite shoppers campaigning to keep the much-loved shop in Uttoxeter's High Street. We reported last month that Newlife, which is a charity for disabled children based in Cannock, had been looking for alternative premises in the East Staffordshire town as their lease on the current premises, at 9 High Street, was coming to an end.

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March 14, 2019

Homelink in jeopardy

A CHARITY which provides vital services for elderly people across the Moorlands has made a public plea for clarity over funding. Moorlands Home Link, based in Cheadle, has warned a lack of foresight during the transition to a new model of care is putting its future in jeopardy. The charity has raised concerns that changes in the NHS are having an impact on the funding it receives from the North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

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March 1, 2019

Is it old life for ‘Newlife’ in Uttoxeter?

THE future of a much-loved charity shop in Uttoxeter is hanging in the balance as the charity looks for alternative premises. The search is on by Newlife Charity, which has a charity shop in Uttoxeter's High Street, for new premises as their lease on the current venue has come to an end. One shopper, who wished not to be named, told the Times & Echo that she has written to the trustees of the charity asking them to reconsider their apparent decision to close the store, after she has heard it is closing on March 31.

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February 28, 2019

Students set to record song in memory of teacher

SIXTH form students from the Moorlands are set to record a charity single in memory of a teacher. Teenagers at Cheadle Academy Sixth Form College have been singing in supermarkets to raise funds for the North Staffordshire Douglas Macmillan Hospice which provides care for patients diagnosed with any life limiting illness and their families. Since December 2017, the choir has raised an incredible £14,500 for the charity which is locally known as the “Dougie Mac”, and will now record and release a song with help from Staffordshire University and performer Jonathan Wilkes.

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February 28, 2019

Oompa-lump of cash raised for charity

AN auction of quirky Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ride theming, staged by Alton Towers, has attracted thousands of bids and raised over £10,700 for charity. The Oompa-lump sum of cash was raised by Alton Towers Resort as it auctioned off items from its former Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ride to make way for its latest attraction, the Alton Towers Dungeon, which opens next month. Both theme park and Roald Dahl fans jumped at the chance to get their hands on some golden memorabilia, raising £10,781, which will now be split between two UK charities.

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January 10, 2019

Family fund-raisers top £30,000 in two years

A FUND-RAISING campaign in memory of Cheadle teenager Joe Leyland, has created a lasting legacy in his name. Joe's family have raised more thank £30,000 for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), funding defibrillators at schools and providing heart screening sessions for 100 young people in 2018.

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January 10, 2019

Duncan’s Dougie Mac drive tops £40k

MORE than £40,000 has been raised by Cheadle people in support of a town hairdresser. Duncan Cowan has been a supporter of the Douglas Macmillan Hospice over the past 42 years. Since 2010, he has taken an even more active role in raising funds for the charity – and this year his total has reached a whopping £33,000.

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November 22, 2018

Casino night to kick-start hospital appeal

A CASINO night is to be the first in a series of fund-raisers for the Great Ormond Street Hospital. Simon Walker, 26, from Tean, is planning a number of charity events to boost funding for treatment of Aperts Syndrome at the hospital. The drive will culminate in him running the London Marathon next year – and it's all for his 10-year-old cousin, Billy Mitchell, who suffers with the condition.

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October 25, 2018

Walk and cakes raise money for charities

STAFF at a doctors surgery have been pulling out all the stops for charity. The Tardis Surgery in Cheadle has recently presented a cheque for £1,580 to the Dougie Mac after a team from the Queen Street surgery took part in the charity's annual Moon Light Fundraiser Walk earlier this year. The Tardis walking team included: Dr Kevin Upton, Julie Finney, Sylvia Hodson, Charlotte Hoskins, Tammy Fowell and her family members Shelley Barrett, Sue Lowe, Olivia Lowe and Darcey Barrett.

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