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Dukinfield Couple Celebrate Emerald Wedding with Double Charity Delight
Friday 6th May 2016 @ 15:29 by Tom Greggan
Dukinfield News

A couple from Dukinfield have celebrated their Emerald wedding anniversary with a golden gesture!

Val and Mike Hargreaves threw a party with all their friends and family to toast 55 years of marriage and rather than asking them to bring gifts, they instead requested everyone make a charitable donation for local charities.

The couple’s selflessness and their guest’s generosity meant that £600 was raised on the night, which Val and Mike decided to split between Reuben’s Retreat and the Anthony Seddon Trust.

Speaking for Val and Mike, Cllr Jackie Lane said: “They chose Reuben’s Retreat because Val and Mike have always been passionate about children- they’ve helped out Francis House in the past- and Reuben’s Retreat is local and close to their hearts. Then Val was talking to me regarding mental health.

“They’ve had close family members in the past suffer with depression etc and they were asking about a local charity and that’s how we came up with the Anthony Seddon Trust which is a fantastic facility.”
Both charities were obviously delighted with the gesture.

Judith Henry from the Anthony Seddon Trust said: “We’d like to say a very, very big thank you to Val and Mike for this money. It really does go a long way to continuing what we’re trying to achieve or what we’ve already achieved.

“We have a shop that sells preloved clothing and bric-a-brac and we now have a centre where we run various groups for lots and lots of people who are quite poorly as well as people who just come and ask to join in.

“We have craft groups, sewing groups, and art groups. We have groups that actually support people with mental health issues and they can come in and chat any time and have a cup of coffee.

“This money is going to go an awful long way to continuing with the good work we’ve now achieved.”
And Operations Manager at Reuben’s Retreat, Lynne Redmond echoed Judith’s thanks. “I’d like to say thank you on behalf of Reuben’s Retreat; to take such a beautiful occasion and bring some benefit to the charities around you, that’s very touching and we’re very grateful,” she said.

“We’re working really hard to create a fantastic facility to help families either with children complex needs or who have already lost a child so £300 really does go a long way to help us bring the Reuben’s Retreat vision to families, to people across Tameside and Greater Manchester.

“The fact that a local couple who have lived here for so long have fed into a local charity is remarkable so thank you.”

Cllr Jackie Lane said she’d like to see more people take a leaf out of Val and Mike’s book. She said: “Hopefully people will get on board and perhaps to the same if they’re celebrating whether it be a birthday, an anniversary, a wedding, whatever; this is an ideal opportunity to make your point known and to support your local charities.”