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Huge fundraiser pulls in over £15k to fight homelessness in Greater Manchester

26 Teams from across the city united to tackle homelessness and support the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity

In a remarkable display of strength and unity, 26 teams recently gathered on August 17th to compete for the title of ‘Greater Manchester’s Strongest Team’.

This unique event not only saw participants battling it out for victory but also raising vital funds to combat the rising issue of homelessness across Manchester.

Pulling for a Cause

The competition, hosted in support of the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity, revolved around a challenging task: teams of five had to pull a striking bright yellow bus across a 30-meter course, weaving through the historic vaulted arches of Manchester Central.

The triumphant team, ‘RS on the Pull’ from Resource Solutions, managed to conquer the 11,220kg bus in a remarkable time of 00:27:69!

Rallying Behind a Worthy Cause

Mayor Andy Burnham was there, and the collective effort raised an impressive sum of just over £15,000.

These funds are set to make a significant impact in addressing homelessness across the city region.

The contributions will go towards providing essential support for individuals at risk of homelessness and extending much-needed care for those already sleeping rough.

The raised funds will directly enable the provision of 500 nights of accommodation for the A Bed Every Night initiative.

A Symbol of Unity and Commitment

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and Patron of Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity, shared his enthusiasm for the event, highlighting how it was more than just a physical challenge—it symbolised the strength and unity of the city-region coming together to combat homelessness.

Burnham emphasised the importance of ensuring everyone has a home and a bed for the night.

He said: “That really was an incredible event with a real buzz in the room.

“This was more than a physical challenge, it was a display of the strength and unity of our city-region pulling together to end homelessness, as we prepare for the Bee Network launch.

“Everyone should have a home, and everyone should have a bed for a night. The funds we raised help make that possible. Thank you to everyone who participated and donated.”

|Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity provides grants to pioneering organisations that work throughout the city region.

“It has raised over £3.1 million since it was launched in 2019, unlocking more than 70,000 nights of emergency accommodation, 40 grants to organisations experiencing tough times and enabling 12 years of frontline work through funding.

“The success of the event is owed largely to Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), Diamond North West, Go North West and Manchester Central.”

Impactful Charity Support

The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity operates as a force for positive change in the region, offering grants to innovative organisations working tirelessly to address local challenges.

Since its inception in 2019, the charity has raised an impressive £3.1 million, translating into over 70,000 nights of emergency accommodation.

This funding has also provided crucial support to 40 organisations facing difficult circumstances and sustained 12 years of frontline work.

Partnerships That Power Success

The event’s resounding success owes much to the collaboration of several key partners, including Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), Diamond North West, Go North West, and Manchester Central.

Their collective efforts ensured the seamless execution of the event, underscoring the commitment of various stakeholders to address homelessness head-on.

Uniting Manchester Against Adversity

Fran Darlington-Pollock, CEO at Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity, lauded the event’s overwhelming response.

The level of interest demonstrated the city’s readiness to address significant issues and embrace challenges.

She highlighted the event as a testament to Manchester’s community spirit, demonstrating their willingness to make a tangible impact on lives. Darlington-Pollock extended heartfelt gratitude to all participants and donors for their dedication and contributions.

She said: “As soon as we announced the event, the level of interest was huge, right up to the deadline we continued to sign teams up and we couldn’t have been happier with the turnout.

“It’s testament to the people of Manchester who are always prepared to stand up and tackle big issues facing our city and who are never afraid of a challenge.

“It’s a great symbol of the community pulling together to help change lives and I can’t thank everyone enough for attending and also donating their hard-earned cash.”

Pulling Together for a Brighter Future

The Greater Manchester’s Strongest Team competition stands as a powerful example of collective determination, showcasing the strength and compassion of the community.

As the city unites against homelessness, this event and the funds raised promise to make a lasting impact in the lives of those in need.

With continued support and collaboration, Greater Manchester’s residents are working towards a future where homelessness is no longer a prevailing issue.

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