1940s Home Front Day Raises over £1000 for Broughton House

1940s Home Front Day Raises over £1000 for Broughton House

Hundreds of people turned out when the village of Simister near Prestwich was transformed for a 1940s Home Front Day which raised over £1,000 for Broughton House.

Sue and Paul Greenlees organised the community event, which featured a display of armoured vehicles, wartime music and dancing, a vintage tea room and stalls selling books, CDs and clothing.

Members of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers from Bury ran a paintball shooting range and service veterans George Simms and Paul Harbron, who live at Broughton House, made the journey to be special guests at the event.

Sue is a volunteer helper at Broughton House while Paul and a group of friends and regulars at Simister pub The Farmers Arms will later this month tackle the national Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for the care home. They have already received over £2,000 in donations.

Sue said the 1940s Home Front Day was a fantastic success.

“The village was buzzing and looked great, with all the bunting and people walking around in 1940s dress,” she said.

“There was a lovely family atmosphere throughout the day and the weather could not have been better.

“It was hard work but very rewarding, and a wonderful team effort all round.

“I’ve already been asked whether we can do it all again next year!”

Sue said the hard work was worthwhile as the day raised a lot of money for Broughton House and she added: “To see the veterans having such a wonderful time was particularly special.”

Ty Platten, chief executive of Broughton House, said: “We are delighted that the event proved such a great success and are grateful to Sue, Paul and everyone involved for making it possible and to all those who attended for their support.

“The money raised will be put to very good use at Broughton House.”

You can donate to Sue and Paul’s appeal for Broughton House by visiting www.justgiving.com/helpbroughtonhouse.