Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk will once again lace up his running shoes in recognition of those who have gone the extra mile for their community.
Keen runner Mr Danczuk is in training to take on the Rochdale Half Marathon on September 25th in aid of the Growth Project.
A joint venture between Rochdale and District Mind and Hourglass Environmental Ltd, the scheme promotes good mental and physical health by coordinating a variety of outdoor activities ranging from woodwork to tending vegetable plots.
The project provides a safe and supportive environment for more than 80 Rochdale residents with mental health problems.
The team are enthusiastic participants every year when Rochdale enters Britain in Bloom. After last year’s floods, they worked flat out to make sure their patch of land off Kellett Street was in immaculate shape for the competition's judges.
But sadly, after the repair bill and other funding issues, the charity cannot afford to send its volunteers and service users to this year’s Britain in Bloom awards evening in Southport in October when the results will be announced.
Mr Danczuk said: “I had the privilege of visiting the Growth Project last year and speak to the men and women who have benefitted from this wonderful scheme.
“Everyone involved works incredibly hard and takes a great deal of pride in what they have achieved.
“The whole team has gone the extra mile to impress the Britain in Bloom judges and show our town in the best possible light.
“I think it's only right that I do something to help them by raising the £500 they need to attend the ceremony and enjoy a memorable evening.”
Hourglass Environment director Karen Hayday said: “It would be fantastic for them because everyone worked so hard putting the site back together after the floods in December.
“The place is unrecognisable now, the amount of work that has gone in has paid off because it looks absolutely beautiful.
“After all that, for them to be able to go to the award’s ceremony would mean the world.”
Visit crowdfunding.justgiving.com/rochdale-growth-project to contribute towards the fundraising target.