Waling in Rhythm

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Read more...This years Walk was one of the best yet - thanks to a tremendous turn out which it is hoped will raise more than £250,000 for St Ann's Hospice.

A warm evening in the city centre also helped make the walk an overwhelming success with almost 2,400 walkers pounding the streets over a 10 kilometre course.

This was the eighth year of the walk which has so far raised well over £1.5m for one of Greater Manchester's best-loved charities.

The funds help towards the running of one of the country’s biggest adult hospices which provides free care for more than 3,000 adults with life-limiting illnesses, and their families and carers, each year.

Many walkers took part in memory of loved ones, lighting memory lanterns at a special site behind Manchester...



Job is Right Up Her Street

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Read more...A lucky Wythenshawe resident is starting a dream job working with Coronation Street star Kym Marsh thanks to The Manchester College.

Chantelle Booth, 21, from Poundswick, attended a careers fair at the College’s Wythenshawe Campus to find out about job opportunities in the area. The event was being held by the College as part of ‘Wythenshawe Week’, a chance to celebrate and support the local residents and businesses that live and work around campus.

Throughout the week the College pledged to place 100 local people into jobs or training. Coronation Street actress and businesswoman Kym Marsh gave the campaign her full backing and is employing an apprentice at her agency to the stars, VIP Appearances. Kym worked with the College’s Apprenticeship...



Northenden Man's BEM Award

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Read more...A man who retired in his 40s and spent more than half his life helping Greater Manchester’s Indian Community has been given an honour by Her Majesty the Queen.

Hari Seth, 83, form Northenden, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for founding the Indian Senior Citizens’ Centre (ISCC). This is a day care centre dedicated to the provision of social adult care for elderly and disabled members of the community. “I am very pleased,” said Mr Seth, who retired from his successful retail business more than 40 years ago.

The father-of-two, who arrived in the UK in 1957, said of his Whalley Range-based centre: “There are a lot of elderly people in our community who feel isolated as there is a real gap with the young.”

Hardutt Seth came to the UK in...



Boost for Station Campaign

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Read more...Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, visited the Manchester Health Academy on Moor Road accompanied by Eugene Ring, Wythenshawe Station Campaign Director.

They attended a presentation by the Student Council on the benefits to Wythenshawe, especially its young people, of having a new rail station on the existing railway line at Southmoor Road Baguley, at the intersection with the new Metro.

This commuter train srvice would give swift access from Wythenshawe to Stockport and Chester as well as to Manchester Piccadilly.

Mr Kane was impressed with the presentation and said he would be giving the Wythenshawe Station Campaign his full backing. He said he intended to take the case to Westminster and invited members of the Student Council to attend the debate there later in the year."


Wythenshawe MP Paul Goggins, dies in hospital

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Read more...Messages of sympathy are pouring in after Paul Goggins, Member of Parliament for Wythenshawe and Sale East, lost his fight for life on Wednesday after suffering a brain haemorrhage a week ago.

Mr Goggins collapsed while out running with his son during the New Year break. He was taken to Salford Royal Hospital, where his family held a vigil at his bedside.

Labour leader Ed Milliband said, “The country has lost one of the most dignified, human, wise and loyal MPs.”

Paul Goggins succeeded (Lord) Alf Morris as our MP in 1997.

He moved up to serve in the Blair Government, as a prisons minister and in the Northern Ireland Office.

Labour politicians showed solidarity with Mr Paul Goggins by bidding to push new legislation through the House...



MP Paul Goggins ill after collapsing on run

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Read more...A Labour MP is seriously ill in hospital after collapsing while out running.

Paul Goggins, Wythenshawe and Sale East MP, collapsed during the jog on Monday and was taken to Salford Royal, where he is currently undergoing surgery.

His wife Wyn and three grown-up children are at his bedside and have asked for privacy.

Mr Goggins, 60, had been spending Christmas with his family in Salford when he was taken ill.

He had been out with his son nearby when he collapsed.

In a statement, his family said: “Yesterday, December 30, Paul Goggins MP was taken ill while out running with his son near his home. “He was taken by ambulance to Salford Royal, where he remains seriously ill.

“He is receiving the best care. His family are with him and ask...



A Really Green Family

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Read more...A local family that was nominated by the Real Food Wythenshawe Team, the Big Lottery funded project managed by Wythenshawe Community Housing Group to support local residents and community groups to grow, cook and eat their own food, has scooped the top prize in the Green Futures category of this year’s Manchester Be Proud Awards.

The Award ceremony was held at Manchester Town Hall and the Real Food Team were shortlisted in the same category.

Jacqueline Naraynsingh, Real Food Programme Manager, explains; “Although we were delighted to be short-listed for this award, seeing our nominated family scoop the top prize means that this is a real Win/Win for us and Wythenshawe.

“The Darke’s are a self sufficient family who grow their own food...



Neighbour of the Year

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Read more...A Baguley householder has been chosen as ‘Neighbour of the Year’ in the Manchester Be Proud Awards.

400 homes make up the Lawnhurst estate and Paul Selby was quick to establish a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, getting lots of the new neighbours involved; the Neighbourhood Watch continues to thrive. From these beginnings he then set up a residents association which has really helped the community gel together. In the time since, it seems Paul is always planning the next event: from huge street parties for The Big Lunch, to last year’s Diamond Jubilee, to Hallowe’en and Christmas events too.

Paul’s nomination mentioned his proactive approach and enthusiasm, and said that he “has made such a huge difference to the new neighbourhood.”


Apprentice...ships AHOY!

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Read more...Guests and young recruits at an Apprenticeship Awareness Day at Wythenshawe Hospital's Education and Research Centre heard from 4 young Apprentices about their experience to date as they are 6 months into their one-year programme.

The next intake will be in September and their Tutor Hilary Whyatt wanted parents to identify the opportunity for their son or daughter to commence a 12-month contract with Wythenshawe Hospital (UHSM) - a teaching hospital - when they leave school or college in July.Opportunities on offer will be training in Health (Health Care Assistant), Business & Administration or Customer Services.

Mike George from Wythenshawe FM 97.2 (based in the Forum) caught up with Professional and Clinical Skills Tutor, Hilary Whyatt and the four...


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