SOUP-er boost for Tameside wildlife group

A WILDLIFE action group has received a four-figure boost after coming out on top in the latest Mossley SOUP event.

Tameside’s People 4 Wildlife delivered the winning presentation and secured £1,721 raised by attendees.

More than 160 people turned up at Emmaus Mossley for the 15th edition of the event, which sees local groups make presentations for funding.

Tameside’s People for Wildlife Project

This time, four schemes – Incredible Edible Mossley, Mossley Cancer Committee Mossley Christmas Tree Festival and Tameside’s People 4 Wildlife – made their four-minute pitch and fielded questions from the audience.

And after coming out on top, the winners told how the funding – voted on by those who attended – could make a difference on the other side of the borough.

Bex Ward, one of the presenters, said: “We were blown away by the atmosphere on the night.

“There was so much love and support in the room for all those presenting their ideas.

“We were ecstatic and truly moved to receive the most votes and would like to take this opportunity to thank both Mossley SOUP and all those who supported us.

“We are currently ordering materials to complete all the aviaries and animal enclosures at Dane Bank and will be working hard to get everything completed by next spring.”

Tameside’s People 4 Wildlife received £1,721 raised from donations on the door, the raffle, a £250 donation from Emmaus Mossley and £100 from Premier Kia.

The three runners up also received £100 each towards their projects from event sponsor Premier Kia.

Four freshly made soups were prepared by local volunteers Darren Bateman, Sarah Birkett and Rory Callaghan.

Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Mossley, said: “It is always a pleasure and a privilege to be part of such a positive event.

“A huge thank you as ever to the brilliant team of volunteers who make this happen and to Emmaus Mossley for hosting.”

Raffle prizes were kindly donated by George’s Deli, Mossley AODS, Mossley Home Improvement, Photography by Cara Jane, Pizza Love, Scona, Suki’s Wardrobe, The Britannia Inn, The Gillery and Wildflower Florist.

Project ideas are being sought from local businesses and those looking to start a business for the first themed Mossley SOUP event, scheduled for Thursday, February 15.

To find out more and submit a proposal, head to

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