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Ikea abseil for Friends of Tameside Young Carers
Saturday 3rd September 2016 @ 14:25 by Nigel Skinner
Ashton Denton & Audenshaw Droylsden Dukinfield Hyde Mossley & Saddleworth News Stalybridge



The only way is up… our very own Lesley Walkden and Lee Wild at Ikea this morning

Earlier today some 30 people took part in a charity abseil from the side of Ashton’s Ikea building.

They were all doing it on behalf of Tameside Friends of Young Carers to help raise funds for the group.

It was also an opportunity to raise awareness about the great work the group do.

Among those taking part were all three of Tameside’s MPs, Angela Rayner, Andrew Gwynne and Jonathan Reynolds.


Contenders ready… some of the participants prepare to ascend Ikea for the abseil – including our MPs, councillors, and our very own Lesley and Lee.


The only way is down… Man on a Ledge Lee Wild and wonder woman Lesley just before they step onto the edge of Ikea

Numerous councillors also braved the abseil – and the elements – including former Mayor Cllr Dawson Lane and Cllr Jim Fitzpatrick.


Safely down… Cllr Jim Fitzpatrick


Leap of faith… Cllr Dawson Lane

Also taking part were the Tameside Reporter’s very own Lee Wild and Lesley Walkden.


Here we go… Lee and Lesley


The Friends of Tameside Young Carers was set up eight years ago to enable the young carers in Tameside to experience the same social, leisure and sports activity as their peers.

There are 463 registered carers in Tameside at present.

They organise various visits including to Blackpool Pleasure Beech and to Manchester theatres, plus outings for the younger carers to places like Knowsley Safari Park and Chester Zoo.

The Mayor of Tameside has, for the last six years hosted a Christmas Disco Party for 150 youngsters at the Town Hall.

The abseiling event was held to raise money to enable a group of young carers to attend the Young Carers Festival in Southampton next June.


It’s MP Angela Rayner’s turn

Youngsters have attended each year since the Charity was formed, however until then no-one from Tameside had ever attended.


We did it.. Lee and Lesley – and MP Jonathan Reynolds proudly show off their certificates


Tune into Tameside Radio this afternoon for our reports from the day.