Local MP rallies support for Make a Difference Day

October 18, 2010 2:17 PM
Mark with Pete Waterman in the House of Commons

Mark with Pete Waterman in the House of Commons

Local MP Mark Hunter is joining forces with pop mogul, Pete Waterman, to encourage people throughout Cheadle to give their time to benefit the local community as part of CSV Make a Difference Day, the biggest single day of volunteering on Saturday 30 October 2010.

Mr Hunter will be encouraging the residents of Cheadle to bake a pumpkin pie to donate to a care home, to plant a family tree in the local park, to volunteer with their family, to design their own Hemingway Design t-shirt and donate it to a homeless shelter or charity shop, to design a mosaic door number for a lonely neighbour.

Commenting, Mark said:

"As a supporter of CSV Make a Difference Day, I am encouraging the residents of my constituency to do something to benefit our community! No matter how big or small - make a cup of tea for a lonely neighbour, dig out those weeds and plant flowers in the community park, or even renovate the local homeless shelter.

"I've seen the positive changes a little volunteering can help impact the local community."

Commenting, Peter Waterman said:

"This is the 15th Make a Difference Day organised by CSV, the UK's leading volunteering charity. More than half a million people have taken part so far. I want family and friends to spend time together and volunteer a little to benefit their local community."

This year's CSV Make a Difference Day, the UK's biggest single day of volunteering, is on Saturday 30th October with events taking place from 23rd October to 7th November. Each year tens of thousands of people turn their minds to benefit others in the community; they bake cakes for nursing homes, create allotments in schools, tidy isolated neighbours' gardens, put on theatrical performances and visit patients in hospitals - to give a few examples.

If you are stuck for inspiration, the campaign has produced free "How to" guides:

• How to plant your family tree

• How to design a door number mosaic, courtesy of interior designer Andrea Maflin

• How to bake a pumpkin pie, courtesy of TV Chef Rachel Allen

• How to print your own t-shirt, courtesy of Hemingway Designs (as in Wayne Hemingway)

• How to volunteer as a family

There is a special focus on encouraging families, as well as individuals and groups to volunteer this year. New independent research commissioned by CSV, shows that families want to spend more time together. Up to half of Britons (48%) say they would like to spend more time together and volunteering to help others is one way to do this.

To find out more about volunteering on CSV Make a Difference Day, call us on FREEPHONE 0800 284 533 or email difference@csv.org.uk

In the true spirit of CSV Make a Difference Day, the campaign is also seeking photographs of volunteers who have the most fun on the day and you could be in with a chance to win a digital camera and photo printer. All you have to do is capture your "most fun" moment and send it with your contact details to difference@csv.org.uk by Friday 12 November, 2010

More information about the day can be found on the Make a Difference Day website www.csv.org.uk/difference

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