Cancer Research UK is a cancer research and awareness charity in the United Kingdom and Isle of Man, formed on 4 February 2002 by the merger of The Cancer Research Campaign and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. Its aim is to reduce the number of deaths from cancer.
As the world's largest independent cancer research charity it conducts research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Research activities are carried out in institutes, universities and hospitals across the UK, both by the charity's own employees and by its grant-funded researchers. It also provides information about cancer and runs campaigns aimed at raising awareness of the disease and influencing public policy.
Cancer Research UK's work is almost entirely funded by the public. It raises money through donations, legacies, community fundraising, events like Open Gardens in Marple, retail and corporate partnerships. Over 40,000 people are regular volunteers.
Mellor Parish Centre, which is also a charity, serves as the community centre in Mellor, in a Victorian stone building which formerly housed Mellor Primary School. Around the turn of the Millennium, Stockport MBC decided to build a new primary school for the village, as the old school's facilities did not meet modern educational needs, and the building reverted to St. Thomas' Church nearby. Subsequently, the building was partially modernised and converted to use as a community centre and small Parish Office for the Church. It now hosts a considerable number of cultural and social activities for all age groups, including art and theatre groups, dance classes, yoga, Brownies, Girl Guides, toddler groups, and karate sessions, as well as private functions such as wedding and birthday parties, and it provides meeting rooms for local organisations including the Mellor Archaeological Trust.
Despite the income generated by these activities, fund-raising events have to continue regularly, both to help to defray on-going maintenance costs, and to raise money for further improvements to its facilities, which in turn encourages more community use of the building.
In April 2021 Marple's Area Committee, comprising of the 6 Ward Councillors for Marple North and Marple South and High Lane, awarded the organisers of Mellor Open Gardens £500 toward the cost of putting on the event - for posters, publicity banners and the like.
Area Committee Meetings are a great opportunity for local people to enage with the councillors they elected to represent them. Marple Area Committee Meetings are held generally once a month and usually at Marple Senior Citizens' Hall in the centre of the town. To learn more visit the Area Committee page on the Marple Website.
The Marple Website is the community web site for Marple in Stockort UK. It was started in 1998 to provide useful information for local people and potential visitors and to contribute to the fantastic community spirit that abounds in this small canal town on the edge of the peaks. It continues to do this with regular updates and lots of interaction with the local community. Up to Christmas 2020 the Marple Website has donated £14,000 to local causes.
For Mellor Open Gardens, the Marple Website is sponsor of the printed tickets and will be paying the £162 cost of their production. The MOG pages on this web site are also provided completely free of charge, as they were for Open Gardens in Marple.
Marple Bridge based estate agent with a diffence Nikki Davies has sponsored Mellor Open Gardens with a donation of £250 towards the funding of mini-buses to transport people up and down the steep hills of Mellor during the event on Sunday 4th July, when there is no normal 375 bus service.
C&C Insurance Brokers has sponsored Mellor Open Gardens with a donation of £250 towards the costs of putting on the event.
The Mellor Society has sponsored Mellor Open Gardens with a donation of £100 towards the costs of putting on the event.
The Devonshire Arms - is donating the use of their large wooden gazebo, where Mellor School will provide an entertaining display of MOGpotpeople.
Dutson's, Marple Bridge - ticket sales.
Cancer Research UK Shop, Market Street - ticket sales.
Littlewoods Butchers, Church Lane - ticket sales.
Stationery Supplies, Stockport Road - ticket sales.
Hollins of Marple, Hollins Lane - ticket sales.
HB Printing, Goyt Mill - printing of tickets, posters and banners.
Please get in touch if you would like to support futures events.