Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club helps people wrap up for winter – and gets behind bras

MEMBERS of Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club joined a national effort to provide coats for people in the forthcoming cold weather.

Over the course of October, the group has been asking for donations, which will then be passed on to Tameside Women’s Centre and local homeless projects.

It has been part of the wider Wrap Up UK initiative, which looks to support people across the country struggling to keep warm in winter.

Dukinfield and Stalybridge rotary club members launch their winter ‘wrap up’ campaign

Coats donated must be warm and suitable for the months ahead and can still be dropped off at collection boxes at Ashton-under-Lyne Golf Club on Gorsey Way and Lower Mossley Sub Post Office on Manchester Road.

Sue Kitchen, headteacher at Stalybridge’s Stalyhill Junior School, also agreed to participate in the campaign by encouraging pupils to drop off winter coats.

Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club president, Ian Cochrane, said: “This has been another example of us engaging with the local community while making a positive impact on the lives of people in our neighbourhoods.

“I have for some time been linking up with the Women’s Centre to help some of the families it supports and realised last year that lots of them are in desperate need of a winter coat.

Members of Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club with Deputy Lord Lieutenant Sharman Birtles, second left

“This project will be a great help to keep so many people warm this winter.”

Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club also held its Charter Night at Ashton-under-Lyne Golf Club, where members donated items of women’s underwear, which were passed on to Droylsden-born Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Sharman Birtles for them to be then given to Styal Prison as part of the Behind Bras campaign.

High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Diane Hawkins, discovered some female prisoners do not have the support of family members to bring in basic needs, meaning some only have one change of underwear.

Club member, Rotarian Julia Taylor, said: “We were all quite shocked to hear of the plight of some of the women inmates at Styal Prison and were keen to help.

“We had a quick discussion on email and Whatsapp and unanimously agreed that club funds should be used to purchase a supply of underwear for these prisoners.”

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