During November we have been taking part in a pilot crowdfunding project with Comic Relief. The aim is to try out new forms of fundraising. Along with 15 other organisations supported by the Comic Relief Core Strength programme we have put together a campaign based around our amazing volunteer team. The campaign runs until 29th November.
A fashion show using discarded materials proved to be a great success for the audience in the senior games room last night. The project working with Ordsall Community Arts has been very popular with the group over the past few months. All the clothes have been created by the group, who collected the materials and made the garments. The event raised money for breast cancer awareness.
Our new fundraising t shirt features an orignal photo of Morrissey by Mike Joyce. Mike offered to help our fundraising and between us we have come up with this great new T shirt to raise funds for a second USA trip for young people at the club, and future activities for young people. The T shirt is in a classic 80s yellow, is available on our shop page. People can also buy them at the club from Saturday 22nd October. Aflecks in Manchester are also supporting our fundraising and the shirt will be available from our popup shop at their famous indie store on Oldham Street all next week. Thanks to Manc icons Chris Eccelston, Maxine Peak, John Thomson, Mark Radcliffe and Mike Joyce for being our “models” joining in the fun and supporting the club.
The volunteer team at the club have been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2016. Between them they have have contributed over 600 years volunteering. Club president Anthony Groves great, great gandson of one of the original founders commented “The Queens Award for Voluntary Service formally recognises the team’s contributions at the very highest level. Their phenomenal work has ensured that the original vision of James and William Groves lives on today as one of the most successful and oldest, charitable youth establishments in the world”
Tomorrow a group of young people and leaders from the club, set off on a historic visit to South Dakota at the invitation of Red Cloud High Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The group will lead soccer workshops, meet people in the community and visit the Wounded Knee Cemetery and the Crazy Horse Memorial. The group will also visit Mt Rushmore, and The Badlands. The project has been funded by sales of the Smiths T shirt, courtesy of photographer Stephen Wright. The trip is featured in the Manchester Evening News tonight. “Salford Lads Club set off on trip to America – thanks to Smiths shirt sales”
Box office, contenders trained by Dave Connell and Russ Arrowsmith and organised by George Blagden have held yet another successful charity event, raising over £10,000 for the Break Through Breast Cancer Charity.They have been running adult boxing sessions at the club since 2007 and have raised over £100,000 for different charities.
We’d like to say thank you to customers of Sainsbury’s and Waitrose who have supported our recent fundraising events. Our team of young people and volunteers helped with bag packing at Sainsbury’s store in Regent Road and raised over £650: At Waitrose in Spingingfields, Manchester the stores monthly “community matters” charity promotion raised over £145 for the club.
The music fundraising gig on Saturday raised over £300 for the club. It was an amazing evening organised by ”impresario” Steven Lindsay. The audience were entertained by a fantastic range of talent headlined by The Lonesome & Penniless Cowboys and singer songwriter Vinny Peculiar. We hope to hold another event next year. More pictures on our facebook page.
Scaffolding went up this week to start the final stage of the restoration and improvements to the main sports gym. Last summer the outside of the gym roof was re-slated and this summer we are restoring the interior. The work will be complete by early September. The project has been funded by a grant from The Booth Charities.