Mabel Wilson fund helping Stalybridge

THE late Mabel Wilson continues to spread good in Stalybridge.A donation of £200 from the Mabel Fund has been made to the Tameside East Foodbank which is based in the town.

And Cllr Clive Patrick personally gave £50 to make a total of £250.

He said: “We recognise during this awful coronavirus pandemic, although the Government has helped people who have lost their jobs or companies that have been forced to furloughed staff, many people are facing real hardship.

“The self-employed or zero-hour workers have of course been badly hit. Unfortunately, we also recognise that even when the social separation is relaxed many companies and our national economy will have suffered a major bashing.

“Therefore, in the large picture our donation is not a lot, but Joanne Walker and I (fund administrators) decided that the Mabel Fund should do its bit.”

Mabel Wilson, who died in Chester at the age of 87 in 2017, left a five-figure sum bequest for the town.

She was born in Carrbrook and had fond memories of growing up there and in Stalybridge and wanted to give something back to a community that she had loved so much.

Cllr Patrick was contacted by Hazel Walker, Mabel’s niece, and accepted a request to help distribute the money to worthy causes in Carrbrook and Stalybridge.

Money was given to local primary schools to bring in theatrical companies to put on pantomimes and brass band concerts were staged at care home while money was spent on other projects to brighten the locality and improve play facilities for children.

Mabel’s friends are continuing to fundraise in her memory so the fund will continue to do good work.

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