Manchester Rubbermen help to buy fibroscan machine

Charlotte Maxwell

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The Manchester Rubbermen have been making some impressive fundraising efforts to support the community. They have managed to successfully raise almost £3,000, which has helped to purchase equipment to support patients with long-term liver conditions at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Here, Ryan Joyce shares a little about the group’s efforts in raising money across Manchester and their charity of choice for their next mission.

Well guys, another year has come and gone! It hardly seems that long ago that I was shaking my bucket at you all and asking for you to fill it up. As you all know, last year, we raised an incredible £2,858.07, thanks to the hard work of all the people involved including: Sister Jacqui Moff and the Sisterhood of Perpetual Indulgence and our very own Jay @CapnKink, who helped the HSBC bank to donate £500 – which helped us reach this amazing total. Our donations contributed to purchasing a Fibroscan machine, saving patients with long term liver conditions such as Hep C, from an invasive and time-consuming biopsy. With the money that was left over, the clinic also purchased an entire mobile ultrasound device, which improves patients’ lives with chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, in the liver ward in the MRI. For me, charity has always been a big part of these events, obviously, seeing gorgeous guys in rubber helps as well, but for me it feels great knowing that I’m helping to put back into a community that has given me so much. With funding for charities drying up, it’s more essential than ever, that we do all we can to help our community, and to help support those who support us when we need it.

With that in mind, I’m happy to announce that our charity of choice is Manchester Mind, an independent, Manchester based charity, committed to improving the health and wellbeing of people affected by mental ill health. They’re awesome guys, running a range of services: one of these being, an amazing service called Good Mood Food, a catering social enterprise that delivers fresh, locally sourced, nutritional meals throughout Manchester. All of these meals are prepared by professionals supported by a team of volunteers. The professionals support the volunteers by creating a stable and nurturing environment, providing valuable training and access skills, as well as training and support to build c.v.’s and develop interview skills. They also offer counselling, mentoring and befriending services, to help counter the loneliness that so often occurs when moving to a big city. These guys are amazing, and would really appreciate and benefit from our generosity. So, until I see you, have fun, be safe, and above all, always wear rubber.

So, the Rubbermen will be once again shaking buckets and working hard to raise money for Manchester Mind. Keep your eyes peeled for their next fundraiser for a brilliant cause.

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