07 Jan 2015 - Charitable staff bring festive cheer

On Christmas morning, staff from the North West Ambulance Service’s Greater Manchester control centre embraced the festive spirit to think of others who are in need of help and support.

Staff from the Parkway control centre took part in a number of dress-down days to help raise donations for local charities in need of support of the festive period including New Year.

One of the charities chosen by staff was the Cornerstone Centre, Moss Side.  The Centre provides support to disadvantaged and vulnerable adults who are facing a wide range of social issues.

Emergency Operations Centre manager Angie Lee said: “Cornerstone Centre provides a safe and warm environment where adults can have a shower, wash their clothes and receive training and counselling services. The Centre relies on donations and is a very worthwhile cause that our staff have chosen to support.

Donations Made By Staff For Cornerstone

“We’ve received a range of donations including food, hats, coats, scarves and more. Our staff are dedicated to helping others the throughout the year but wanted to do something extra special to help those in need over Christmas and the New Year.”

Control staff also raised money for Niemann Pick Disease Type C. This is a life limiting illness which attacks the brain and other organs. The staff held a raffle which raised £120 to donate to the cause.

Michael Forrest, Director of Organisational Development went to Parkway to visit the staff and thank them for the fantastic commitment.

Michael said: “It made me feel tremendously proud to see how our staff still take the time when they are away from their families at Christmas and working incredibly hard, to be thinking of others at this time.”

From Left To Right: Dot McDonald, Director of Operational Development Michael Forrest and Leanne Clawley with the donated hamper

From Left to Right: Dot McDonald, Director of Operational Development Michael Forrest and Leanne Clawley with a donated hamper