Sue and Paul Spearhead Village Fundraising Drive

Sue and Paul Spearhead Village Fundraising Drive

A couple rallied their entire village to raise more than £7,000 for Broughton House.

Sue and Paul Greenlees live in Simister, near Prestwich, and organised a host of events and activities during 2018 to raise a total of £7,368.75.

They included a 1940s Home Front Day, which was a community event featuring a display of armoured vehicles, wartime music and dancing and a vintage tea room. The village was decorated with bunting and residents wore 1940s clothing.

Sue and Paul also organised a Help Broughton House gala dinner where veterans were the guests of honour. Broughton House chief executive Chris Lindsay was the guest speaker.

Sue, who is a volunteer at Broughton House, arranged raffles and sales of cakes, books, DVDs and CDs at telecoms firm Nycomm in Agecroft, Salford, where she works. The company generously donated prizes for the 1940s Home Front Day too.

Meanwhile Paul and more than a dozen regulars at the Farmers Arms in Simister undertook the National Three Peaks Challenge, which involved climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales respectively.

They were supported by Bury Van Hire, which donated the use of a minibus.

Sue said: “We’ve had a tremendous time raising money to support our local veterans and have plans for further events during 2019, including another 1940s Home Front Day over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

“I’d like to thank everyone who donated and supported us during 2018, and those individuals who gave up their time and kindly gave us gifts for raffle prizes.

“Also we are indebted to the companies and organisations which supported us, including Nycomm, the Farmers Arms, Cliff Leahy who donated fresh meat for our events, Bury Van Hire, Park Cake Bakeries, which donated cakes for the vintage tea room, staff at the University of Manchester for their generous sponsorship, and The Same Yet Inn in Simister, which ran raffles that funded two DVD players for Broughton House for the veterans to enjoy ‘cinema days’.

“It was the first time we had attempted so many big events in one year and, although exhausting at times, we knew it was for a great cause.”

Rhys Edwards, fundraising and marketing manager at Broughton House, said: “Sue and Paul have done a fantastic job organising a series of superb events and activities to support Broughton House and raise thousands of pounds.

“We’re grateful to everyone in Simister for rallying round and look forward to another year of memorable occasions in the village during 2019 and beyond in support of our veterans.”

Sue is pictured at Broughton House with chief executive Chris Lindsay, third left.  Paul Greenlees is third from right. The others in the photograph are Simister residents and Farmers Arms pals Paul Dickson, Paul Swift and Alex Leahy, who took part in the National Three Peaks Challenge.