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The Mayor's Appeal Fund

Donations can be made direct to:

The Mayor's Office
Civic Centre
Oldham, OL1 1UJ
Telephone: 0161 770 4012

The North West Air Ambulance

The NWAA Charity’s helicopters and HEMS response vehicles, operate 365 days a year, with highly skilled specialist doctors and HEMS paramedics on board providing enhanced pre-hospital care and hospital transfers to patients across the entire North West region each year – an area covering 5,500 square miles and over 8 million people. 

Since it launched in 1999, the charity has been called to over 24,500 missions across the region, with the service called out an average of three times a day. Just as many critically injured patients would not survive without the service that the charity provides, the North West Air Ambulance would not be here without the support of its community of fundraisers and partners. 

The charity is completely reliant on public and corporate donations to keep the North West Air Ambulance Charity service operational and helping to save lives, needing to raise over £9.5 million a year to support its lifesaving service.

Pennine Pen Animal Rescue

In its twentieth year of supporting injured, unwanted, and abandoned animals in the borough, you may not know the rescue works with other animal welfare organisations across the country to help re-home and give animals a second chance at life.
We have three charity shops that support the rescue to generate funds and we now have an online shop to take in larger and more valuable items that can be collected and delivered.

Our partnership with Linda Lewis Kitchens (our neighbour) has been great and we have warehouse space with them to store stock. 

The Oldham Cancer Support Centre

Based in the Ena Hughes Centre, Ellesmere Street, Failsworth, the Oldham Cancer Support Centre are a small independent charity, and our aim is to support anyone who is adversely affected by cancer in any way i.e., not only those who have cancer but also their families/primary carers and those who have been bereaved by cancer.

It was started in 2008 by a group of cancer patients as a support group for each other.

Clients are referred to the Centre by their GP’s, practice nurses, the Christie Hospital, Christie Oldham, Macmillan nurses, and other hospitals or professional health workers – or they can self-refer.

Oldham Young Carers Service

The service has been running for over 20 years and are very proud of all the great work that has taken place to support them.

The service works with over 500 young carers aged between 8 and 18, although the real number may be a lot higher. It is estimated that there are over 2,000 young people who do not identify themselves as a young carer but carry out caring responsibilities regularly. 

Broughton House Veteran Care Village 

This Armed Forces Support Hub, has provided care and support to over 8,000 veterans since 1916. 

The new Broughton House Veteran Care Village, built on the sight of the original care home and fully commissioned in April 2022, now offers the trilogy of services in: Elderly care, Independent Living Apartments and community-based welfare and wellbeing support through the Armed Forces Support Hub, to better meet the needs of veterans’ in the 21st Century.   

The Armed Forces Support Hub serves and supports veterans and their families residing in the community regardless of age, service or circumstance through the provision of counselling, wellbeing and welfare support. 

The Oldham Band (Lees) 

The band is a community brass band that has a history which can be traced back to 1873 when the Glodwick Band was formed. In 1955 the band became the Lees and Glodwick Band.

The majority of the players live and/or work in Oldham and started their playing careers in Oldham schools. The members of the band acknowledge the support of their hometown which is particularly evident when the band performs in the Saddleworth Whit Friday Contests. 

Oldham Bereavement Support 

OBSS is a registered charity, set up in 1988, with a team of trained volunteers who support those who have suffered a loss, giving the bereaved person the opportunity to use such support to talk through and express their grief as they come to terms with their loss.

The Royal Oldham Hospital gave us a site, and this is where our Headquarters are. This lovely building incorporates our Counselling room, the Children and Young People’s bereavement room. 

This is named ‘The Angel Room’ after the local hostelry, which donated the money to provide us with the equipment required for this specialist area.

Other Charities

The Mayor is aware that during her year of office she will visit organisations within the borough whose needs become apparent to her at that time. She therefore wishes to reserve part of her charity total for those charities for whom a donation will make a big difference.