Western Spirit Charity Night on Saturday 6th March raises a huge donation for the team

We are extremely pleased to announce to announce today that the Western Spirit Charity Night held at Rumworth Hall, St Helens Road, Bolton, on Saturday evening 6th March in aid of the team has raised a fantastic £700.00 for the team.

Organised by Gerald and Barbara Howell and John and Anna Honywill (all of Greenbank Ladies Calendar Fame) the event was by all accounts a total success.

(See also ’news’ article dated Thursday 4th February 2010)

The following is an account of the evening by Team Secretary and Support Group member Gillian Gregory, who attended with her husband Hindle.


Team Secretary Gillian Gregory, accompanied by her husband Hindle, represented the Team and were rewarded with an evening of entertainment, line-dancing, fundraising, supper and drinks. Country & Western singer CRISSY BYRNE and DJ GHOSTRIDER provided the music, the US flags were honoured by those suitably dressed -accompanied by Elvis’s American Trilogy – as a reminder of the American Civil War, and fundraising took the form of ’a prize every time’ Tombola, Bumper Raffle, Whisky Roll, and Stand Up Bingo.

Towards the end of the evening, Gillian was presented with a cheque for the fantastic amount of £660 raised, and was pleased to offer the Team’s thanks to the organisers, GERARD & BARBARA HOWELL and JOHN & ANNA HONYWILL and everyone attending who had shown such generosity. The Rumworth Hall’s owner, BILLY WILDING, then donated £40 to make the total up to £700, as well as providing the room free of charge for the whole event. Tombola and raffle prizes were also provided by ASDA, MORRISONS, TESCO, GREENHALGH’S BAKERY, BEEHIVE HOTEL Lostock, and THE TRAFFORD CENTRE – thanks to all for helping achieve the very welcome sum of £700.


Coincidences on the night – the organisers’ photographer – who took this photo – turned out to be Malcolm Heeley, the father of former call-out Team member, Peter Heeley. Also, Anna Honywill told Gillian that her granddaughter, Hannah Runciman, was rescued by Bolton Mountain Rescue Team about nine years ago when she was 13 years of age, following an 80ft fall in Little Lever when she sustained a broken leg.