Sisters brave the elements for charity fundraisers
Thursday 14th December 2017 @ 12:40 by Adam Higgins
Ashton Mossley & Saddleworth News Oldham

By Lisa Burns 

Three sisters got into the festive spirit by taking part in Christmas fund-raisers for charity.

Leah, Charlotte and Lydia Williams, from Ashton, decided to help out Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind by holding a Christmas stall at the recent Mossley Town Team Christmas Market in the George Lawton Hall.

They also braved the snow by holding a fund-raising stall on the market ground at the Mossley Christmas lights switch-on and parade.

The girls, who all attend the Blue Coat School in Oldham, raised a magnificent £228.40 by holding Christmas present tombolas and also selling raffle tickets for the charity which is based in Katherine Street in Ashton.

Leah, 17, who is studying for her A Levels at the Blue Coat Sixth Form, said she decided to raise money for the mental health charity as part of her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

She added: “In the Duke of Edinburgh scheme you have to undertake voluntary work so we thought we would help a local charity.

“With so many young people these days suffering with stress through the pressures of exams and outside influences, we
wanted to improve teenage mental health and well-being, so we decided to approach Mind.”

Jingle all the way: Lydia Williams with prizes at the George Lawton Hall

Charlotte, 14, also worked with Mind as part of her Silver DoE, while her younger sister Lydia, 11, is taking part in the Blue Coat School’s Leadership Award which also encourages youngsters to go out and help in the community.

Lydia added: “I chose Mind because lots of young people are dealing with mental health issues every day.”

Fund-raising officer at Mind Amy Saunders said: “The stalls looked fab, and it was great to see such a sell-out of prizes! We really appreciate the girls battling out the cold and snow and raising so much for TOG Mind. Thank you so much for Leah’s, Charlotte’s and Lydia’s support.”

Jenny Robinson, CEO at TOG Mind, said: “We are so grateful for the support from the girls and I can’t wait to see what else they get up to in 2018.

“I am really impressed with their determination to withstand the cold and for choosing to fundraise for Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind.

“Not only have they raised vital funds, but they have been able to do so whilst raising awareness of mental health problems in young people. Thank you.”

The sisters are now planning on more fund-raisers for Mind in the new year.


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Sister act: Charlotte, Lydia and Leah Williams with collection buckets for Mind