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Miracle fund for baby Minnie

Posted on Wed, 20 Mar 2019 15:57:49 +0000

A Denton couple, who were left devastated by news that their daughter would never see, have launched a fund to raise awareness of her rare condition.

Baby Minnie inherited the rare eye disease Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis.

But her brave parents Caroline and Mark Fogg have now set up an appeal called ‘Minnie’s Miracle Fund’ to raise money for the eye research charity Fight For Sight.

Caroline said: “Receiving Minnie’s diagnosis was devastating. It felt really huge and life changing; we felt so sad. 

“But working with Fight for Sight has given us real hope. It’s given us the opportunity to raise money and awareness to help Minnie and all sufferers of LCA. 

“Family funds are amazing things when it comes to pushing forward science and innovation to cure these awful conditions.”

Minnie with her parents, Mark and Caroline.

Caroline added: “We hope to raise as much money as we can and would love to achieve £10k in the first year!”

A Just Giving page set up for the fund has already raised more than £3,000.

Minnie, now eight months old, was registered blind at the end of December 2018, and as a New Year’s resolution, Caroline and Mark decided to raise as much money as possible to fund research into the disease.

Rallying friends and family for support, the couple will kick off their fundraising efforts with the Great Manchester 10K Run in May, alongside nine other friends and family members.

Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA) is a rare eye condition affecting two or three people in every 100,000 in the UK; it affects the photographic plate at the back of the eye, meaning images aren’t sent to the brain properly. The disease affects people at a very early age and currently there is no cure for it.

Ed Jackson, for Fight for Sight, said: “We know that sight loss doesn’t have to be inevitable – research we have funded is already showing promising results for patient benefit. It’s through our fantastic supporters raising money for research that we will find the next breakthrough.”

You can pledge your support for the couple’s campaign at

Celtic confirm social event for Saturday

Posted on Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:34:19 +0000

Stalybridge Celtic supporters are being urged to attend Bower Fold on Saturday for a Pie and Pint event.

Celtic were scheduled to host North Ferriby United in the Evo-Stik Premier Division this weekend, however the game has been postponed following Ferriby’s liquidation last week.

The cancellation means the club will have just over five weeks without a home fixture. Simon Haworth’s side return to action on home soil against Whitby Town on Tuesday, April 2.

Celtic have therefore arranged the event for Saturday to generate some much-needed revenue. As well as enjoying a social gathering, fans will also have a chance to ask Haworth questions on a number of topics. 

The event will be taking place in the Sponsors’ Lounge from 1pm.

Crowther returns to Hyde

Posted on Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:40:28 +0000

Hyde United have confirmed the signing of midfielder Ryan Crowther.

Crowther returns to the club having been with Ashton United for the past two-and-a-half seasons.

Alongside Matt Chadwick, Crowther’s goal scoring exploits helped the Robins to a mid-table finish in the Evo-Stik Premier Division in 2017. Unfortunately, in the months that followed, the former Stockport County youngster suffered a knee injury during a pre-season fixture at Radcliffe. As a result, he was subsequently sidelined for the entirety of the 2017/18 season – a campaign which saw the Robins promoted to the National League North via the playoff final.

Following a 15 month absence, Crowther eventually returned to action in the Manchester Premier Cup defeat to Salford City in October 2018.

During his time with Hyde, Crowther made 45 appearances and scored 15 goals during the 2012/13 and 2013/14 season.

Hyde make the long trip to South Shields in the Evo-Stik Premier Division on Saturday.

Picture: Crowther returns to light ball work ahead of the 2018/19 season

Ex-bank to become cafe and co-working space

Posted on Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:06:21 +0000

An empty bank could be transformed into a cafe and co-working space, as well as new flats.

By Charlotte Green, local democracy reporter.

Plans have been submitted to Tameside council which would see the former Yorkshire Bank site in Hyde town centre converted.

The bank on Market Street closed more than two years ago and the building has been vacant ever since.

However the property, which is yards away from Hyde Town Hall, was sold in April last year for £191,000, according to Pugh Auctions.

It’s now proposed to turn the ground floor into a co-working space and cafe, with the upper floors for residential use.

A report submitted to the town hall on behalf of the applicant says the cafe would be ‘for the community’.

There would be four studio flats and six one bedroom flats created, as well as a three-storey extension and conversion of the attic into a usable floor for penthouse apartments.

“The development will contribute positively to the local economy, enhance the high street’s character while providing a good design to its users and inhabitants,” the report by Hussein Architectural Design states.

“The café and some seating area is positioned at the front to create an inviting environment for the passers by.

“The co-working area is situated at the back to provide some sort of privacy from the street.”

The front of the building would be done up with a ‘traditional’ store-front glazing, with a central main door to match other shops on the street, including the No.64 cafe.

The extension will be designed to blend in with the existing properties, and will also have a ‘traditional’ look, according to the documents.

This would involve using slate tiles to match the current roof, as well as using reclaimed bricks which can be sourced as ‘locally as possible to support the local building economy’.

The application has been made by Cp Spv 9 Ltd, a company based in Manchester.

It’s expected a decision will be made about whether to approve the application in June this year.

Former landfills to house solar panels in green energy drive

Posted on Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:02:44 +0000

Former landfills could be transformed into solar farms under new plans to use Greater Manchester council-owned sites to generate green energy.

By Charlotte Green, local democracy reporter.

In Tameside, four areas of land that are deemed too contaminated to be used for development have been proposed to house solar panels.

The plans are part of an ambitious Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) initiative – ‘Go Neutral’ which aims to make the region carbon neutral by 2038.

It’s understood it will be officially unveiled at Mayor Andy Burnham’s second Greater Manchester Green Summit on Monday, March 25.

But the proposals for the Tameside borough were outlined prior to the summit at a meeting of the council’s carbon and waste reduction panel.

Christina Morton, environmental development officer, told members: “This project is looking at areas of council owned land that could potentially be taken forward for installing low or zero carbon technologies.

“What they asked us for was to look at land with limited or no plans for development, so that’s ex-landfill sites or heavily contaminated areas of land that we own that we wouldn’t necessarily have in line for developing.

“And the aim of the project is initially to create a body of investment opportunity, so to create a portfolio of low and zero carbon technologies and a prospectus basically of sites across GM that can be launched at the green summit.

“And in the longer term the aim is to reduce emissions.”

She added that in order to achieve the plan they need to deliver around 40 megawatts of renewable energy within four years across GM.

This amount of green energy would potentially be able to power tens of thousands of homes.

Initially 13 sites in Tameside were put forward by officers, but this was narrowed down to four following further investigations of the land.

These are at Victoria Street in Hyde, Guide Lane in Audenshaw, Ruby Street in Denton and Woolley Lane in Hollingworth.

Ms Morton added they are ‘not short of assets’ across the region that could accommodate low carbon infrastructure.

“Obviously there are benefits to us for this type of project, there is revenue we can generate and there is cost avoidance so there are opportunities for the electricity that’s generated to be possibly sold on to industry, if it’s located next to one of the sites,” she said.

“Or we’ve got possibly private wire and we could use it across our own corporate estate to reduce our own energy bills, which are fairly high.”

If the project proves to be successful and cost efficient, they can’t rule out expanding to other sites, she said.

Solar is just one of the options proposed for these types of contaminated land across GM; battery storage and electrical charging points could also be installed.

Alison Lloyd-Walsh, head of environmental development at Tameside council, said: “The contaminated sites, if we’re being really honest, would be the ones that would cause less controversy.

“There’s nothing else we can do with those sites because of the level of contamination that’s around.

“We want this to be successful from the go-get, you can actually enhance a site as well by putting solar on it – you could do some tree planting, some landscaping.

“Some of these sites have just been left and we can’t do anything with them.”

But committee chair Councillor Mike Fowler expressed concerns that just installing panels was not the most efficient use of the council’s land.

“The only thing I would say is, I think that’s still a waste of land. By all means put the panels on, but put them on a surface structure and use underneath,” he said.

“Use it for a sports facility or whatever, use underneath it.”

The town hall has also revealed that they will be procuring a green energy supplier for their electricity contract when the current contract ends this month.

This would be 100 percent renewable energy, officers say.

WATCH: Kerry Foods back Tour of Tameside

Posted on Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:54:36 +0000

The Tour of Tameside returns to the borough in June.

The iconic event will be taking place across four days from June 13-16.

The Tour has been supported once again by Kerry Foods, Hyde. Having renewed its sponsorship for a further year, we spoke to Steve Davey, General Manager (Hyde branch), about the reasons for doing so.

WATCH: Hot competition at Winter School Games

Posted on Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:40:11 +0000

Over 2,000 pupils have battled it out at the Greater Manchester Winter School Games.

The event has become a key date in the school calendar and was officially opened today by Olympic bronze medalist Kelly Massey.

This year’s event gave pupils a chance to show their skills in 12 different sports across nine iconic venues, including the Manchester Basketball Centre and Regional Athletics Arena.

During the event, we spoke to Russell Scott headteacher Steve Marsland about the quality of competition on display.

We also caught up with Greswell teacher Matt Donohue, who spoke of his pride in his pupils’ efforts.

Celebrate World Down’s Syndrome Day with the T21 Network this weekend

Posted on Tue, 19 Mar 2019 13:57:28 +0000

World Down’s Syndrome Day takes place every March and you can join in with this year’s celebrations in Ashton this weekend.

In Tameside and Glossop,  the T21 Network is a local group who are committed to supporting parents and carers of people with Down’s Syndrome.

The group was originally set up in 2008 as Tameside and Glossop Down Syndrome Support Group by two mums who both have sons with Down’s Syndrome.

The genetic disorder is caused by the presence of a third copy of chromosome 21, or trisomy 21, which is where the name T21 Network comes from.

World Down’s Syndrome Day takes place on March 21 every year and you can get involved by taking part in the #LotsofSocks campaign and wearing brightly coloured or mis-matched socks this Thursday.

Make sure to take pictures and videos and post them on social media using the hashtags #LotsOfSocks, #WorldDownSyndromeDay and #WDSD19.

The T21 Network will be celebrating the date on Saturday, by holding a fun day event in Tameside with a tombola, raffles, music and refreshments.

All are invited to support the event which will be held at St Christopher’s Church Hall on Lees Road Ashton, from 11.30-2.30 on Saturday, March 23.

The first prize in the raffle will be a games console.

For more information on the T21 Network, you can visit their website,

Droylsden Water Adventure Centre gets facelift thanks to Prince’s Trust volunteers

Posted on Tue, 19 Mar 2019 13:27:55 +0000

Droylsden Water Adventure Centre has been given a facelift thanks to volunteers with the Prince’s Trust.

Seven young people, aged 16-25, are currently taking part in a 12-week team programme with the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Prince’s Trust programme at Hyde Fire Station. Part of the programme involves a community project, with the group deciding themselves to help the Water Adventure Centre.

Team Manager Sarah Quinn explained: “The team had to research in the area to see what they could choose as their project. This was put forward as one of their options.

“They chose the Water Adventure Centre because of the range of young people that access this centre. One member of the group had accessed the centre before and she was grateful of the help she got while she was here, so she said that she wanted to give something back.

“It needed to be self-funded so the young people did a bag-pack as ASDA in Hyde, which raised £460. Everything that has been done, we’ve paid for ourselves.”

Over a fortnight, the team renovated the path to improve disabled access down to the water, painted all the wooden benches and canoes and renovated the meeting room in the lock cottage, making it brighter and more inviting for people who use the centre.

“We’ve just finished now,” Sarah added. “It’s took blood, sweat and tears and a few little arguments along the way but they can see that with planning and hard work, you can achieve anything. That runs through any aspect of their life, including gaining employment.”

The 12-week team programme also involves a five-day residential trip, three team challenges and a fortnight’s work placement. There is also ‘Next Steps’, which involves things like CVs and interview techniques to help get the young people into employment.

The GMFRS Prince’s Trust runs all across Greater Manchester, with three programmes in each area every year. The current programme finishes on April 18th, with the next one starting in May.

For more information or to sign up, you can visit, or text your name, age and postcode to 07580698595.

Police appeal for information after pensioner robbed in own home

Posted on Tue, 19 Mar 2019 11:44:05 +0000

Officers are asking the public for information after a woman in her 70s was robbed in her home on Mottram Old Road, Stalybridge on Thursday 14 March 2019.

At around 10.10pm one male offender threatened the woman and demanded car keys, fleeing on foot with them but leaving the car.

During the robbery, the victim was injured when a door was pushed into her.

The offender is described as young, of slim build, around 5ft 10 in tall and wearing dark or black clothing, which was possibly a tracksuit. He spoke with a local accent and was also wearing a black knitted hat and had scarf covering his face. 

Anyone who has any information about the robbery should call police on 0161 856 9350 quoting incident number 2305 of 14/03/19. 

Details can also be passed on anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

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