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  • Writer's pictureBeth Nunn

HAFfy New Year!

Our HAF Provision has been going strong since before Christmas!

This holiday's fund provided activity & food bags for our local families, plus two adventurous days out & about! Our funding came from Stockport Council from the HAF Fund & the Household Support Grant. Gemma & Munji tell us more about it here:

Gemma: On the 11th December, we were back at All Saints Primary School in Marple for the return of PIE Primary, something we started last year. The children took part in a Community Champions activity learning about the importance of supporting our local community. We then packed bags containing food and activities to be given out to families to support them through the Christmas period. The children worked with a partner and fully embraced the challenge we are so proud of you! The children packed 60 food bags and 20 activity bags! Special thank you to Mrs Noble, Miss Daley and Mrs Pattison.

Munji: We met the HAF group bright and early at Marple Train Station, where there was a sea of varying Manchester United kits and some very excited faces ready to see Old Trafford. We made our way to Stretford using the train and two trams, which were a big hit with our young people! Our youngsters were so impressed by all the Manchester skyscrapers and the hustle and bustle they could see from the tram windows.

When we arrived at the stadium we had some obligatory photos and a picnic just outside of the entrance. Although this was a quiet midweek day, there were plenty of tourists about which made us feel like we had travelled much further than just from Stockport! Thanks to MU Foundation we had a private tour and our guides were full of interesting knowledge (maybe not the knowledge some of Manchester City supporting young people wanted!). We walked out into the stands…’Wow, this is just like Stockport County’s stadium!’ one of our group exclaimed.  We got to sit in the stands, go into the dressing room, walk out like a player and sit in the dug outs. We learnt some great things about Ten Hag’s latest strategies and took some lovely photos of the group!

A big thankyou to Tom at the MU Foundation, we had a fantastic day out!

Our next HAF activity was taking our group to see Peter Pan at Stockport Plaza. Although it was the last week of the show running, it really didn’t disappoint.

As we took our seats towards the front of the stalls, the young people were buzzing with excitement as many hadn’t been to a pantomime before. For some of the adults and teens, it had also been a while so we were all unsure of what to expect!

The show started with a bang; bright lights, singing and lots of audience participation. Our group were keen to get involved with plenty of cheering, booing, singing and dancing. The obligatory intermission ice cream was also a hit with everyone, even if it was a very cold January evening! We loved that a few of our young people were doing a write up of the show and drawing the cast – we managed to get these to the stage manager so we hope the actors get these soon!

We will definitely be back for future shows and we hope that this has made young people consider going to the Plaza to see a show! 

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