A new season is upon us, and we feel the time has come to hand over the valuable money PTB and more importantly you, the supporters, have raised for Dr Kershaws and pledge our support to a different charity.

We have absolutely loved raising funds for Dr Kershaws. Trying to raise funds during a pandemic was obviously a challenge and while we wish we could have done so many more events, we had to be inventive with what we chose.

We visited them in February of this year and were blown away by the dedication and commitment of the staff to helping people at such a critical and emotional time in peoples lives. I think it’s fair to say that you could never ever truly appreciate the time and effort that put in to keep organisations like Dr Kershaws running from year to year. Our thoughts and respect go fully to all the people that make it work.

The support of the media team along with Community Fundraiser, Lille Winterbottom, was heartwarming and the constant contact to spur us on or congratulate us will never be lost on us.

We raised in total £2,983.49 (including just giving, gift aid and offline donations) and the key highlights have to be Steve’s Charity runs, the PTB Badges that sold fantastically and the fantastic donation from Will’s Birthday fundraiser that a number of you contributed to on Facebook. All of these events, along with many more, contributed a significant amount of this figure.

Dr Kershaws will also have a special place in our hearts and we will continue to support them however we can, but we feel the time has come to find a new charity for a new season and we want your help. Please complete our vote and help us decide where to direct our funds for this season. The link where you can place your vote can be found below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9MY5LMF

The charities we have shortlisted are as follows:

Andy’s Man Club – https://andysmanclub.co.uk/

Men’s mental health is a topic under the spotlight at the current time. The ultimate aim of Andy’s Man Club is to halve the number of suicides amongst males under the age of 45. They want to do this by getting men to talk about their issues using their mantra #ITSOKAYTOTALK

Oldham Foodbank – https://oldham.foodbank.org.uk/

Oldham Foodbank help local people in crisis. They provide nutritionally balanced meals to people who need them the most and they aim to combat hunger and poverty in the UK over the longer term.

Melonoma UK –https://www.melanomauk.org.uk/

Skin Cancer is the deadly disease that claimed the life of former Latics midfielder Ernie Cooksey. He was such a popular figure amongst the fanbase and with the charity based in Shaw, we wanted to show our support for this incredibly worthwhile cause

Action Oldham – https://www.actiontogether.org.uk/

Action Oldham support, advise and help local individual volunteers, groups and organisations. If you have good intentions they will formulate this into a plan to help turn your idea into reality

Our voting will close on Tuesday at 12pm so please share your views over who you would like to see us fundraiser for the 2020/21 season.

Thanks

PTB