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SALFORD A Collection Of Community Stories

WELCOME TO SALFORD The Good Deeds of Salford idea came from another project’s presentation event which, in part, required a debate with the group on various subjects. The group discussed how the newspapers and media only covered bad news, and sometimes it made Salford look bad. Several of the group asked how we get the good stuff that’s going on in Salford out there, and I suggested that we produced a good deeds book. There are lots of people in Salford who do good deeds every day without even thinking about it, and we don’t hear about them. A lot of people are just modest, and just do good deeds because they care. Here we’ve featured a selection of local people who are doing positive things in the community – from fundraising and volunteering, to running cultural and social groups. These are just a few of the hundreds of good deeds that happen in our city, every minute of every day. Let’s hope this magazine will be a start of more good news and deeds stories...and, maybe, the impetus for other towns and cities to produce their own good deeds book. Thomas Lever M.B.E

Writing: Mike Skeffington, Annie Wallace, Sean Massey, Bill Wallace, Thomas Lever M.B.E., Stephen Kingston. Photography: Sean Massey. Layout & Design: Gareth Lyons. Funded by Salford CVS Produced by Lower Kersal Young People’s Group Printed by: Caric Press Ltd, Goatmill Road, Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 3TD 01202 871766

“it just shows how friendly the community is and can be...” At age 15, Ethan Evans is already a veteran of fundraising, having raised tens of thousands of pounds for good causes, from Manchester Children’s Hospital to St Ann’s Hospice, to Narrowgate Homeless Shelter to Asthma UK. He’s done it by holding social events, collecting people’s loose change, sponsored swims and loads more. Yet Ethan himself has had to overcome many obstacles in his life, from recovering from a hit and run accident, to a whole catalogue of life threatening illnesses. Yet he is still thinking of ways to raise money for others... “I’ve had a lot of hardship with everything I’ve done and I know there’s people a lot worse than I am” he explains “I do it to help them.” Indeed, the Langworthy lad has raised so much money that he was the youngest ever recipient of the British Citizen Award Medal, has been recognised by Salford Council for his work and won a Pride of Sports Award last year.

Ethan Evans



Ethan is currently in training for a massive fundraising event later in the year, when he intends to swim a mile in every pool in Salford, one after another, for Salford MIND, in memory of his cousin who died last year. While Ethan does the charity events, he couldn’t raise the money without huge support and donations from local people and businesses... “Salford gets a bad rep really” he says “But, with everyone who has helped me, it just shows how friendly the community is and can be...”


WATCH Looking Out For Each Other

Christine Tavvron had been living abroad for some years when her father passed away. She returned to the UK to sort things out and make arrangements for the house, which had been left to her by her father. When everything was settled, Christine had to return overseas, but needed someone to look after the house in her absence. Without hesitation up stepped her friend, Kathleen, who said she would look after things. Christine lived abroad for another six years,

returning home every now and then. She needn’t have worried because Kathleen was true to her word and went into the house every day making sure everything was okay. She would close the curtains every night and open them every morning, and made sure everything was clean and tidy...“Friendship like this can’t be bought, neither can it be re-paid” says Christine.

own because people are so kind” she says “If ever I’m ill and they don’t see me for a couple of days they come to the door and ask if they can do anything. They take me shopping if I want any heavy stuff, usually about once a week.”

“Christine lives next door to me and even though she’s got a family of her own she’s always there” Kathleen explains “There’s three or Kathleen Roberts, is 77 and lives on four ladies who help me. I have no her own in Irlams O’Th Heights in family but they are my family.” the same house she was born in... “I live on my own but I am not on my

Christopher Tombling Aged 10

I help out at St Aidan’s church I am an altar boy. I also help my next door neighbour, who is in his seventies, to shop for his weekly food.

Sofi Mmbololo Aged 11

Angel Presley

Aged 12

I volunteer for Lower Kersal Young People’s Group; I volunteer at Monday Club, I help children with arts and crafts. I have been coming to Monday Club for four years.

Joshua Lever

Aged 7

I go to school and fill the bottles of water up because I ask to. I help people at school with their work. I help set the dinner table. I help people pick their table pots up at school. I share stationary because some people don’t have any.

I have personally helped Salford’s local community a lot. From helping the homeless to helping pack bags at our local Tesco on the Salford Shopping Centre. As a school project we all came together and on a daily basis we brought in food, clothing and other things needed to help them survive the cold winter. We brought in blankets, thermal clothing and other little things such as toiletries and socks. In addition to this, me and my mum made sandwiches and drinks for the homeless too. At the Emmanuel Centre is held Guides and as a team we went to Tesco to fundraise and help our community... Also, while shopping in Cheetham Hill, a man dropped £40 on the floor and I kindly picked it up gave it to him. Voluntarily, in the holidays, I help at the food banks. In my spare time I like baking and selling cakes with my friends. On Race For Life, me and my friends run to raise money for MacMillan and other cancer fundraisers. At school I am a school councillor and a playground leader, as part of my responsibility I help younger children and teachers around the school on a daily basis.




The Sounds of Salford is an online radio station, that’s way more than a radio station, as all its voluntary presenters muck in to raise money for various good causes. During the last 18 months they’ve raised over £30,000 by holding big events for everything, from Broughton Rugby Union Club to St Ann’s Hospice, to Shelter for Forces, which helps homeless exservicemen, to a Singing For Dementia punk night... “As well as the music, we started Sounds of Salford to get the message out there that the Council wasn’t doing enough for the people of Salford, so we had to help them” says station owner Simon Williams. Norma Parkinson-Green and Noreen Bailey, who do the Golden Girls show, also run the SEARCH Salford Community Committee, supporting people who look after those with learning difficulties fight cuts in services; while Bob Nelson, who does

Bob’s Time Machine, says he actually joined the station for the charity work... “I used to help my mum with a FAB club, which was activities for physically disabled children and children without disabilities, and I’ve always done charity work” he says “It makes you feel good helping other people. No matter how low you get, there’s always someone worse off than yourself.” Ian Cullen, who does the Rock and Roll Show, arrived to get his music out there but now persuades people to donate raffle prizes and sells the tickets too.... “I do it for the love of the rock and roll music, and to help other people out” he explains. Simon is well proud of his team... “Our presenters all do it for the love” he says “And to get the message out that there are brilliant people in Salford...”

carry on


For many years, George Wilson, was a councillor for Kersal, and even did a stint as ceremonial Mayor of Salford. Now, even though he’s no longer a representative of the ward, George is still busy helping local residents...

striking the right note

Audrey Allcock is a member of the Salford Choral Society and only talks to those she’s sat next to in between songs; a few pleasantries here and there. 18 months ago she ended up in hospital for ten days and was amazed when choir neighbour Jean turned up to visit... “I was so surprised to see her because we only talked in between singing” says Audrey “She walked in Salford Royal with a M&S bag and said ‘That’s for you’...there were crisps, chocolates, wipes...the full kit, even though she hasn’t got a lot of money. “It really sticks in my mind because it was so unexpected and I was so thrilled about what she’d done” Audrey adds “My husband and I took her out for a meal, one good term deserves another. I know so many good people doing so many good things. Salford people, real Salfordians, are wonderful!”

“People still come to me and knock on my door at all hours with complaints against the council” he says “I pass them on to various departments - mostly around here the complaints are about dumping of furniture, mice, and private landlords.” George, who saved a man from drowning at Salford Quays when working at the old docks in his former job, also teaches martial arts, is a church warden at St Aidan’s Church and does gardening for pensioners... “There’s five of us in the area who have done the gardening for about the last three years” he says “In summer we get inundated just by word of mouth. People know me from what I did on the council. I live in the area and I suppose I am a focal point.”

a city united A lad called Tony recalls an incident that happened to his dad, who is in his sixties, while on his way to watch Manchester City play Middlesbrough in the FA Cup a few years ago. After dropping his wife off in Walkden, he stopped to get some cigarettes. When he came out of the shop he saw a man, who looked to be about the same age, leaning against a car fighting for breath.

the stick

He asked if he could help, but the man couldn’t talk and indicated that he couldn’t breathe. His face was white and his lips dark, so Tony’s dad took matters into his own hands and drove the man to Hope Hospital in his car. He waited in A&E for an hour or so then was allowed to talk to the man. He had suffered a severe asthma attack and couldn’t find his spray. Tommy Burke, who lives in Lower Kersal, was on his way home, and had to change buses to get home. As he was about to get off the second bus on Littleton Road, he realised he had left his walking stick on the first bus. This made Tommy feel very insecure and vulnerable as he had used the stick for many years, it was part of him.

However, a couple of days later there was a knock at his door and to his amazement and delight there was a bus driver with Tommy’s walking stick. The driver had recognised the stick, which is festooned with badges and stickers, and saw Tommy on the bus as it pulled away from the stop in Cheetham Hill. “It was very nice of him” says Tommy “He could have just left it in the lost and found at the depot...”

After getting the information he needed, Tony’s dad phoned the man’s daughter, went to pick her up from her house in Trinity and took her to get her dad’s car which had valuable items in the boot. Tony’s dad was wearing his Man City shirt and the man’s daughter told him it was ironic because her father is a lifelong Man United fan. Tony’s dad missed the match because he decided helping someone in a time of crisis was more important. It seems football rivalry disappears when someone needs help, which is how it should be...

From Horror in Iran to Home On Littleton Road.. Azam Lavere had to flee from persecution in Iran because, as a Muslim who converted to Christianity, practicing her religion had dire consequences...

before ending up, firstly at a hostel in Liverpool, and then in Salford, living with three other Iranian ladies on Littleton Road, while seeking asylum...

“You cannot be safe” she says “Muslims are not allowed to go to church, so people gather in homes to pray but when the Government finds out they arrest people, and, unfortunately, when they arrest people they cannot be found – so people have to run away.”

“When we first came here we were frightened of everything and everyone” she recalls “We didn’t talk to anyone, we didn’t know how English people were...but we met people at the church and we feel very comfortable here. The people are very nice, friendly, excellent neighbours and we like them. It’s very good...”

She left her family, her possessions, everything, to get out of the country,

g n i c n a d l sa r e k g n i p e e k NADES!

a stitch in time

Ann Olner is part of a church group in Salford and was asked by a friend if she knew anyone who could use some bales of fabric they had been storing for some time. Ann couldn’t think of anyone off hand, so she said she would ask around. A little time later Ann was talking to a friend at a church meeting who was collecting for a refugee charity: it was then that she came up with a brilliant idea. She got out her sewing machine and spent the next few days making children’s sleeping bags out of the fabric...“I couldn’t think of a better use for it, so I thought the sleeping bags might help...” says Ann.


The Lower Kersal Collanades are a champion morris dance troupe that has been run by Ann Smith for almost 35 years. “In 1983 the organiser of the troupe moved to another part of Salford and not many of the girls could travel that far” Ann’s daughter, Joanne Gibson recalls “Mum knew how much we all loved dancing so she decided to take it over. We worked very hard to keep the troupe together and soon had lots of helpers.” Ann became renowned within the local community for her enthusiasm and strict discipline within the troupe. Fitness levels were

extremely high, everything had to be right and nothing was left to chance. The hard work paid off. In over 25 championship competitions the Collanades have come away with either first or second place. Ann is a very polite, unassuming person, characteristics which belie the strength and determination she possesses, which helped bring the troupe success. That success was also built on teamwork and Ann’s husband, Eddie, has been an invaluable part of that team. The troupe has become almost a community in its own right over the years. But the Kersal Collanades would have been consigned to history three decades ago had it not been for Ann’s effort.

“We were half way through it when we suddenly noticed this old guy going blue in the face, obviously choking” she recalls “All his family were just freaking out and the bar staff didn’t really know what to do, so I ran over with my husband, Tommy. We undid his top button and started doing what you do, patting his back; and whatever it was flew out of his mouth.” “We think we really did save his life on that day, and believe it was meant to be that we were there.” Lesley adds “However, in the future years we’ve always gone to my son or daughter’s. It put me off!”



Lee Craven MBE, was brought up the old Brindle Heath estate and, on the way to school, used to walk through the dark, dim subway which runs under the A6 by the side of Pendleton Church. Now, forty years on, nothing has changed – it’s still full of graffiti, piles of rubbish and litter, melted tarmac, smashed glass and broken wall tiles. Even though Lee now lives in Charlestown, he’s been campaigning for Salford City Council to improve it... “It is just as a bad as when I was a child” he says “The problem is that it’s hidden and in an area where there could be muggings and things like that. I care about that subway because people do walk through it, and, even though it’s not near my area I’m still campaigning like a good Salfordian. It’s just a shame...”



A good few years ago, Lesley Lever was sick of doing Christmas dinner for everyone, so decided to go to Henry Boddington pub for a nice relaxing festive meal...


shouldn’t be living like this. It’s like Dark Age Britain again.”

HOMELESS Most days or nights you’ll find Angela Barratt, from Eccles, treading the streets of Salford and Manchester with a big bag full of whatever she can get to help the street homeless. She literally hands out tents, sleeping bags, cereal bars, socks, shoes, hats and whatever else comes her way to sometimes bemused looking rough sleepers... “Yes, that’s what I do” nods Angela modestly “We try and get what we can.” She started working with the homeless in 2011, after finding a


young runaway in a doorway in Manchester city centre... “At first I walked passed him and just carried on to my bus stop. But I went back and realised that he was under aged. I got him a coat from Primark and while I was there phoned the PCSOs who came and took over the situation. Ever since then it’s been my calling.” Angela called herself Salford and Manchester Street Support, and the organisation has since grown from three to 537 members. It’s all totally voluntary and, she says, if anything is particularly needed, her members will get it...

“We ask or beg for stuff; we don’t get anything from the shops because all the big charities get them” she explains “Usually someone will buy one or two bits out of their wages...emergency blankets, socks, coats...trackie bottoms are the least donated but most needed.” Angela and her friends also hold dinner events for the homeless at Christmas and Easter, and provide clothing and food each week to 14 Salford families in need... “Their children would starve if we didn’t” she says bluntly. Meanwhile, despite all the

homeless charities, her street work is still urgently needed... “Sixty per cent of the homeless people know me” she says “And they’re so grateful knowing that they’re going to be warm at night. But let’s have it right, they shouldn’t be living like this. It’s like Dark Age Britain again.” While Angela fronts the Street Support, it’s a huge support network from people all over the city... “I think Salford people are different to anywhere else” she insists “They are more resilient to having nothing, and they help people who have nothing. They unite in solidarity, so I’m lucky really...”

Ronnie Haland, who lives in Bergen, Norway, often comes over to watch Manchester United home games, and at the start of last season a strange set of circumstances ended with him buying the ‘B’ Hive pub, off Langley Road South, to preserve it for the community. Ronnie and his friend were due to stay over at the Crown and Anchor in Manchester for the first game of the season but when they arrived were told the place had overbooked and, instead, were

referred to the Salford pub which had available rooms. After the match, Ronnie was drinking in the ‘B’ Hive late into the night and remarked to Dave and Jacqui, who were working there, that he enjoyed it very much and would be staying the next time he came over. Unfortunately, they replied, the pub might not be open, as it was up for sale and an offer was due from a developer who wanted to either turn it into student flats or demolish it for housing.

“I thought about it and just asked them if I could buy it” he recalls “I asked first how much it would cost and then went to Dave and Jacqui and said ‘If I buy this will you run it for me, as I have my job in Norway?’. They said they would be happy to, so I said ‘I will buy it’. The next morning when I woke up I knew they thought that this was just drunk talk, so the first thing I did was go down and tell them that I meant it.” Ronnie has been as good as his word. He’s now the proud owner of

the ‘B’ Hive pub... “It’s a pretty crazy story for other people but for me it’s just one of those spontaneous things that comes into your life” he explains “As I am single, I didn’t have to go home and discuss this with someone, I just had myself. I’ve never owned a pub before and didn’t know anything but it’s been a learning experience from day one to now.” Ronnie isn’t some rich businessman. He has a normal job and his parents, who have put their

house up as security, also have normal jobs, as a lorry driver and a kindergarten worker. “I come from a working class family and this was within my reach” he explains “I couldn’t afford to do it all on my own so I was grateful to my parents. They trust me, they know I am a responsible guy. But my mother probably just closed her eyes and ears! It was more like my father and me, and that’s why it’s become possible for me to do it.” The question on everyone’s lips, though, is why Ronnie bought the pub. The answer is surprising... “I didn’t do it intentionally to be this nice Norwegian” he says “It was

more like a childish rebellion against the bigger powers.” For Ronnie it’s about fighting social isolation, profit mongering developers and politicians killing the soul of neighbourhoods... “I’m from Norway and it’s expensive to go out in pubs” he explains “So we envy that pub culture, it’s like something we have never had, and I think that was the main thing for me. Everywhere you go in the world, be it Norway, Germany or England, everything is turning into housing, and everything else around dies while people just sit in their houses.” “The politicians try to put all the

pubs in the city centre but the problem is that you maybe know one or two people behind the bar, or one or two that you’ve seen in the pub but the rest are strangers” he adds “I think many people, especially those over sixty, would stop going to a pub. And I don’t think that’s a wise political idea.” “When you go into a community pub it’s a different kind of vibe” he insists “Everyone knows everyone and I think that’s important for people. That’s why you go out, to meet people to talk with, instead of sitting back home. I love the atmosphere when you go into a community pub.” It’s not been easy sailing for Ronnie,

having to get to grips with the British licensing and legal laws but he comes over once a month, even when United aren’t playing, to be hands-on with the running of the pub and chat face-to-face with his landlords, Dave and Jacqui. There’s plans for more refurbishments, social nights and even a pub football team... “It’s going great, I love the place” he says “The good deed is something that the people in the area have reminded me of..but that’s just the positive bonus that has come with it. I didn’t think ‘I’m doing a good deed’; for me it was more like a spontaneous action against what I thought was wrong...”

random acts of kindness

Leanne Gleave remembers when she was still at school making harvest hampers for elderly people in the neighbourhood. She and her friend took one around to a lady who told them she’d lost her brother and was so alone...“She said it was like two angels had come down” Leanne recalls “We cried our eyes out, put our pocket money together, bought a load of other stuff for her and gave her another hamper...” Leanne’s friend, Sara Hamilton, meanwhile, has worked in homeless shelters, charity shops and with youths in Salford and is now fundraising for charities that work with people whose babies have anencephaly, a serious birth disorder.

Leanne believes that when people see a situation that needs sorting they react positively... “I think a lot of people have got it in them, in their values and everything” she explains “Obviously community spirit isn’t what it used to be back in the day but I think the less people have, the more of a community spirit they’ve got. We saw it with the floods at Christmas and in Manchester after the bomb. “It might be that you’re busy getting on with your own life until something happens and you know for definite that somebody needs your help” she adds “And then you automatically go to it, you’ve got that in you.”

Leanne put this into practice about ten years ago when, the day after she had completed a basic first aid course, she was walking along Littleton Road and noticed a man ahead of her collapse.. “I just saw him fall, and managed to get someone to call an ambulance while I put him in the recovery position” she says “I think he’d had a stent in his brain that had clotted. I stayed with him until the ambulance arrived, I later tried to phone the hospital but they wouldn’t tell me anything...” Leanne never saw him again and he, probably, didn’t know how she had helped to save his life...But it is on such random acts of kindness that community is built...

Sean Massey is now 21 and has been volunteering at Lower Kersal Young People’s Group since he was 14... “My older brother came here and he was always talking about it, so I tried it and have been here ever since, first as a member then as a volunteer helping out with supervision” he explains “They’ve done a lot for me here, so I’m doing something for them and the community as well.”

the young people’s volunteer

Sean, who has done the photography for this publication, says volunteering also helps to provide a social life... “It’s fun, I suppose, and it gets me out of the house because I’m a carer for my mother as well...If you get involved in the groups you get to see the same faces and get to know people. It’s also good for the community as we’re helping people get qualifications and stuff like that.” “I’m not too sure why I do it,” he says “Some people might see what I do as a good deed but I just see it as helping people out...”

it’s a small world

Carole Wilson lived in Ordsall until 1981 where she recalls Mrs Cameron, who embodied the community spirit by keeping everyone’s keys to let workmen in during the day, and would pass on the their rent payments to collectors while they were at work.. “She used to wear clogs and was very nice” Carole says “When Ordsall was pulled down I came to Lower Kersal and most neighbours came with us. I think there is still a community spirit amongst the older people.” Carole looks in on elderly

neighbours to make sure they are alright... “One of them has not been very well, so I’ll go and see her once a week, or she’ll phone me if she needs anything.” Carole recounts that she was a at a bus stop recently talking to a woman and when she asked where she lived, it turned out they had lived in the same avenue for ten years and didn’t know each other... “I was working so I never saw anyone” she explains “But now I’m not working we look after each other, and each other’s houses if we’re away. The community is good in that way...”

Jolene Moore’s daughter, Annie-Jo, was diagnosed with autism recently and, even though she doesn’t use the excellent services of the National Autistic Society, has thrown herself into fundraising for the organisation... “It’s a charity that helps people in their day-to-day life, getting into work, or just having a normal life” she explains “Raising money buys them equipment and stuff they need, and they help parents like myself. If you’re struggling you can phone them up and have a chat with someone and they give you advice.” Jolene held a huge fundraising event at Broughton Cricket Club recently which, to her amazement, sold out within a week, while lots of people donated prizes for the raffle and tombola... “It was just Salford people wanting to help out basically, people who I didn’t even know, which was nice” she explains “It showed me that Salford people stick together basically that they are willing to help each other out. I’ve had people donate one pound and apologise because they say it’s all they can afford but it’s appreciated.”


Jolene’s daughter goes to Springwood School in Swinton, and her next project is to raise more money to improve facilities there... “People ask me why I’m doing this stuff but I like to keep myself busy and, I suppose, it’s my way of coping” she says “I was never like this. I got married last August and after the wedding I was like ‘What do I do?’ So I started doing this. I just want to give something back and the Salford people are behind me!”

COOKING UP COMMUNITY SPIRIT Sandra Green has lived in Lower Kersal for more years than she would care to say. She lived in Valencia Road with her late husband, Tommy. One of their neighbours was a nice chap called Stan, whose wife died in her fifties. As is usually the case in such situations there is nothing that can be done except to offer condolences, but this wasn’t good enough for Sandra...

from the outback to out at the back

Darren O’Dell arrived in Salford from Australia in 2011, discovered the Lower Kersal Young Peoples’ Group and became involved in the Allotment Group which is based in Littleton Road. The allotment was in a very bad state and Darren, together with a group of young volunteers, set about clearing the place - trees and herbs planted, beds de-weeded and a wildlife area including a pond created. The fruits of that labour are still being enjoyed today. Darren also works at St Aidan’s with young offenders, imparting various skills to the youngsters, including horticultural skills, and he’s currently involved with a Mums and Tots Group at St Paul’s Church in Kersal, while also helping to run a Sunday School Toddlers Group.

...She felt she had to do something practical to help Stan through a difficult time. She offered to cook meals for him until he felt able to get back to some kind of normality, which is never easy after a loss. Over time Stan settled down a little, but Sandra continued to include Stan in her meal plans. Sandra and Tommy moved house onto Littleton Road in the early 90s, but again Sandra continued to make Stan’s meals and take them round the corner to his house. This carried on until Stan unfortunately passed away... “It’s just what neighbours do,” says Sandra “Especially in Salford”.


Joyce Smith was born in the Lower Kersal area, worked in the local post office for thirty years and used to know everybody. Now she’s retired, Joyce is still sorting the community by giving lifts around the area in her car... “I live near a lot of students and it’s nearly a quarter of an hour’s walk to the bus stop, so when I’ve been coming out in the morning and seen them and it’s pouring down I offer them a lift to the main road” she says “It’s something I do every day. I once stopped at the bus stop to offer someone I knew a lift to Salford Precinct and four people got in!” Joyce also looks in on older friends who are in their nineties but while she decries the lack of neighbourhood solidarity amongst newer families in the area, believes that the Lower Kersal Young People’s Group, for which she volunteers, is helping to foster a new generation of community-minded people.

This year will see the eighth Salford Music Festival – which is a festival with a difference. Almost all the gigs, held in pubs, cafes and bars, are free. At first, the Festival’s cofounder, Ed Blaney, just had Salford bands playing, but now it’s grown so much that bands are coming from all over Europe to join in. “I do it because I love Salford and no-one else is doing it” says Ed, who used to play in The Fall, and now has his own success with the Blaney band “It’s also to give new bands a leg up, which is needed more than ever. It’s just about being a proud Salfordian and putting it in pubs where there’s not normally music on, where locals enjoy it and have a great time. The free factor is also good and satisfying. That’s why I do it...”


Although he lives in Kersal, Howard Balkind is a Swinton councillor and was recently in the White Lion pub on Worsley Road taking part in a quiz... “I heard this guy shouting” he recalls “I turned around and he was frozen stiff. I realised there was something wrong and went over. He literally had no pulse...”


Thirty years ago, Howard did a short course in CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation), and he remembered what to do... “We got him on the floor and I started pumping his chest and doing mouth to mouth resuscitation, and it came naturally to me, even though I was thinking ‘I can’t do this!’” he says. Eventually a paramedic arrived and took over, thanking the councillor for saving the man’s life. “I was told thirty years ago ‘You will never ever use it’...but the then all of a sudden I turn around and there was a guy who actually needed it. I would encourage people to learn CPR...”

‘A Sense Of Purpose’

Tommy Curran is an active ‘hands on’ member of the community in Lower Kersal. As well as being secretary of Lower Kersal Youth Association, he is a qualified snooker referee and a referee to the Salford Paraplegic Sports Centre. He encourages, inspires and motivates young people and gives them “a sense of purpose”, he says’.

“A 76 year old neighbour of mine who was suffering from an illness had to have all her toes amputated” recalls Jaqueline Donaghue “This caused major problems with her getting around, and she was most anxious about her little dog who she took for a walk every day without fail. Most of the people around got on very well and the neighbour next to her has two sons in their twenties.” “These two young chaps offered to take the dog for a walk until she felt better, but they have continued to walk her pet twice a day every day for the past two years” she adds “I think it’s a lovely thing to do and it’s very thoughtful of these two young men to give up their time for someone in need...”

Sabhina Kaseke and her partner, Treasure, are from Zimbabwe and have been volunteering at St Aidan’s Church doing everything from selling teas and coffees in the cafe, to cleaning, caretaking and doing arts and crafts with youngsters... “We don’t count the hours, we just do what we can and fit it around our two children” says Sabhina.

“There was this big bang, like an reminder of the tragedy. explosion sound, and everyone started screaming and running to Others did sponsored events or just the exits...everyone was crying and donated pocket money to the Fund, we were just being pushed out...We which eventually raised over got into the foyer bit and there was £10million for the victims and their all smoke and this guy was families. But it wasn’t just about the bleeding...” cash... This Salford schoolgirl’s account of the horrific terrorist attack on the Ariana Grande concert was echoed by many thousands of people present at the Manchester Arena on 22nd May 2017.

Salford’s Sarah Whitehead and her friends organised Free Hugs in Manchester city centre, the MENAngels Facebook group set up a permanent online memorial for the victims, and Salford’s boxing dentist, Arthif ‘Dr Hitman’ On the actual night Daniel, got his friend and former there were world champion, Amir Khan, to countless stories of sign loads of bravery, selfless Standing Shoulder to boxing gloves acts and voluntary which he took to deeds by everyone, Shoulder with our sister those recovering from the at the Royal City” emergency Manchester services and staff Children’s at Salford Royal Hospital, to the Hospital. Salford taxis, churches and residents who rushed to help out; to Dr Hitman summed up the Chris Parker, the homeless feeling...“It was horrific to have Salfordian who aided badly injured heard what happened” he said “And victims in the Arena foyer. it was even more difficult to come to terms that it was right at our In the aftermath, acounts of people doorstep.” doing good deeds were everywhere. In our city, Salford There were hundreds and hundreds Reds Devils donated the £29,000 of stories of Salfordians doing good gate receipts from their match deeds in the aftermath of the Arena against Catalans Dragons to the bombing. It showed the best and We Love Manchester Emergency the worst of humanity. But, as the Fund, while Rare Ink in Eccles Council banner read, Salford was raised almost £8,000 from tattooing ‘Standing Shoulder to Shoulder with Manchester bees and a specially our sister City’...And when the going designed Salford Reds bee on got tough, our community got those who wanted a permanent going...

Good Deeds in Salford  

A collection of community stories of random acts of goodness

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