Following Stockport Council’s last-minute decision to cancel the Handy Ladies’ Christmas fundraiser, despite it being COVID secure, Tom Morrison has written the Labour Cabinet asking for a rethink. Groups such as the Handy Ladies supported our community during the darkest of times, now they need our backing.
Tom’s letter reads:
Good Morning Amanda,
Hope you had a good weekend.
You may have heard that a fundraising event, organised by and for the Handy Ladies community support group has had to be cancelled. The decision was made by SMBC following advice from the Director of Public Health, I am yet to see the full advice at the present time.
This event has been planned for a while and will raise vital funds for the group to carry on their work locally. Without this money, the group will find it extremely hard to carry on.
Throughout the last eight months, the Handy Ladies have delivered a vital service across Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme and the surrounding area. This service has rightly been applauded by Stockport Council and referenced in the various "One Stockport" marketing materials distributed online by SMBC's marketing team.
Considering the above, can I urge the Cabinet to rethink this decision and rather than put a blanket ban on events, explain to groups such as the Handy Ladies how they can work in the current environment and provide the necessary support and resources to ensure they can continue to operate under the current restrictions.
Without them, life would have been a lot worse for many of us, I feel it important we don't lose sight of that fact.
I would be more than happy to assist in this matter, if that is required.
I look forward to hearing from you,