£6,000 of membership money 

 

The Red Army have today made four donations totalling £6,000 to support good causes across Manchester.

 

Following a vote at our member’s meeting on 10 November 2019, we unanimously agreed to use some of our surplus funds to support good causes across the city. We invited our members to submit nominations for local charities and youth football clubs who they thought would be deserving of some funding. We then asked our members to vote using an online forum poll.

 

Sedgley Park Football Dreams has been selected as our local football club and we are pleased to make a donation of £1,500 to them. Sedgley Park has eight teams and are working towards launching a ninth for boys and girls aged 6-13yrs. Several of our TRA members are coaches and help run the club and two of our youngest members play for their teams so they seemed the natural partner for us.

 

Steve Scullion, Club President, said:

“We cannot thank TRA enough for this generous donation. It will mean we can buy new full kits for our two under 8s teams as well as much needed coats for our teams. The rest of the money will be spent on new equipment such as training bibs, cones and match balls. We have over 80 kids who train and play for Sedgley Park and this money will help the club to keep going and to grow so more local youngsters can play and enjoy the game we all love.”

 

The voting for which charity to support was very close, with three charities taking the majority of the votes. We therefore made the decision to make three donations of £1,500 to the following charities:

  • The Christie

  • Manchester Mind

  • Francis House Children’s Hospice

 

The Christie is the largest single site cancer centre in Europe treating more than 44,000 patients a year and the first UK centre to be accredited as a comprehensive cancer centre. Based in Manchester, they serve a population of 3.2 million people across Greater Manchester and Cheshire while more than a quarter of their patients are referred to them from across the UK.

The Christie charity provides enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds. They are one of the largest hospital charities in the UK with 81p in every pound raised going directly to the patients.

Jen Kent, community fundraising officer at The Christie said:

“We are so grateful that The Red Army has chosen to support The Christie charity. With their generous donation, our patients can continue to have access to leading treatments, outstanding care and the opportunity for the best outcomes through cancer research and education.”

Manchester Mind has been supporting better mental health for the people of Manchester for 30 years, formerly as Hulme Action Research Project (HARP) and since 2011 as Manchester Mind. They are one of 125 Local Mind Associations, affiliated to national Mind. Manchester Mind remains an independent local mental health charity, which supports over 6,500 young people and adults each year.

 

Claire Murphy from Manchester Mind, said:

“Mental health issues affect us all. Here at Manchester Mind we provide free services to help people get back on their feet, develop ways of coping, build skills and confidence, and get the advice and support they need. We are delighted to have been nominated as one of The Red Army’s beneficiaries this year, and your kind donation of £1,500 will make a big difference to people living in Manchester who are struggling with their mental health.

Your donation could fund 50 counselling sessions for young people in emotional distress, as well as 67 lunches at our ‘pay what you can’ café sessions for vulnerable people with mental health issues, and 30 advice sessions for people seeking help with welfare rights, debt and housing issues.

Thank you to TRA members for your generous support of our local mental health services.”

Francis House Children’s Hospice has been providing care and support for families and children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, for almost 30 years. At present they are supporting more than 500 families of children, teenagers and young adults with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

Peter Forster, Fundraising Manager said:

“We can be supporting around 2,000 people at any one time with respite care, home-care, day care, sibling support, parental support, symptom control and end of life care. We also provide essential emotional and bereavement support. Currently approximately 220 families are receiving some form of emotional support. We need to maintain our provision of emotional support and ultimately expand it. Increasingly we are supporting young adults approaching the end of their lives.

 

Medical interventions have enabled children with life-limiting conditions to live longer. We recognised the growing numbers of children surviving into young adulthood and six years ago we opened Francis Lodge, our state-of-the-art teenage and young adult wing.  It can be difficult for a young person to talk to their close family about their own feelings and fears regarding the future. It is a privilege to support these young people and at Francis House there are care team members who have additional training and experience in emotional support.

 

Thanks to the generous donation of The Red Army, we can continue to provide the extra support that is needed at different times in a young person’s life.

Thank you.”