Greenbelt campaigners play Santa to deliver gifts to Shaw care home

GREENBELT campaigners in Shaw and High Crompton took a day off from fundraising to put smiles on the faces of carers and old folk at a local home.

A sleigh full of boxes of chocolates by-passed the chimney and was delivered to the front door of Laburnum House in Shaw by Save Shaw’s Greenbelt Group campaigners Julian McBride and Steve Lord.

Santa’s little masked helpers: (L-R) Edelyn Napa, Laburnum House general manager; Jane Ridge, carer; Janette Swindells, carer; Janet Bulmer, housekeeper; and Julian McBride from Save Shaw’s Greenbelt Group

General manager Edelyn Napa took the reins, ably assisted by the ‘3Js’ Jane, Janette and Janet and dished out the goodies to Laburnum residents.

“This is a lovely gesture from Save Shaw’s Greenbelt Group and clearly illustrates their strong desire to help the whole High Crompton and Shaw community,” said Edelyn.

In the run up to Christmas the group has been busy fundraising by selling exclusive Christmas cards and a raffle for a bumper hamper through the Facebook page.

“Despite Andy Burnham’s spatial framework being in tatters, all Greater Manchester’s 50 odd campaign groups are raising funds to help pay fees for a planning agency commissioned to protect greenbelt and encourage use of brownfield sites,” said Steve, a Save Shaw’s Greenbelt group spokesman.

“It may seem quiet but behind the scenes plans are already being drawn up to further scuttle any new plans of greenbelt destruction by the Greater Manchester Councils.

“But it was nice for once not to be asking for money. Giving chocolates to Laburnum House seemed a genuine way of saying ‘thanks’ to Shaw and Crompton folk for their support.”

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