Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The Orphan Homes, Cheetham Hill

"£10 a year or 17 shillings per month will support or educate an orphan or homeless boy." Manchester Times, 1876

Adverts were often placed in the local papers asking for money to set up a new service to help Manchester’s waifs and strays. It was an imperative means of communication. Up until the introduction of the new welfare state in the 1940s the Manchester and Salford Boys’ and Girls’ Refuges and Homes had to rely purely on charitable donations from the public. In its early days the charity was opening a new service or home almost every year. This could only be done thanks to the many wonderful contributions from a city who wanted to help its younger inhabitants.

Advert appealing for funds, c.1906 (PH/4/16)

Friday, 13 April 2012

Jumping on the Titantic bandwagon

With this weekend heralding 100 years since the catastrophic sinking of the RMS Titanic, my mind wandered towards the 2,129 of our children who made the similar long journey across the ocean to start a better lift elsewhere. Like many on board the Titanic, the journey was seen as a means to improve circumstances and leave behind the crowded smoky cities of England to the spacious lands of Canada and America.

In the open fields of Canada c.1900 (PH/5/4)

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

A different kind of Easter egg

Throughout March and early April 2012 the Together Trust runs its annual Easter egg appeal. The aim of the appeal is to encourage local companies, groups and individuals to donate chocolate eggs so that every young person under 18 and supported by the Together Trust receives an egg for Easter.

Roughley's Bikers supported us once again and ‘roared’ into the Together Trust campus on Sunday 25th March 2012 making their annual delivery.

Roughley's Bikers deliver Easter eggs to the Together Trust