Milnrow residents pull together to help stranded travellers

Date published: 02 March 2018

The community came together in Milnrow on Thursday night to help those stranded by the severe weather as they opened Butterworth Hall and dozens of volunteers worked through the night to assist those in need. Many others, including local businesses, donated food, baby milk, toiletries and blankets.

Two volunteers, Ben Crossley and Dave Bamford, spent one and a half hours cutting and moving a fallen tree on Smith Hill. Other volunteers distributed resources on the M62.

Natasha Parker‎ said: “Just want to say a huge thank you to everybody who showed up, all the people from the village and people coming from other communities and offering their homes for the night.

“People at Co-op for donating things, the two lads at BP station, Milnrow for helping us with lots of supplies.

"The amount of food, drinks and blankets donated was overwhelming.

"Greggs this morning offering free hot drinks and the two girls working there who paid for out of their own money over 20 sausage rolls.

"Everybody has worked together and looked out for each other.

"The old young and vulnerable have all been in Butterworth Hall tonight.

"Well over 250 people have passed through the doors tonight.

"We have had doctors there and medical staff, and quite a few doggies.

"All the people who have drove down and took people to the train station.

"The brave who ventured up to the motorway taking supplies up for hours and hours and taking baby milk and toiletries.

"It has been truly amazing to be a part of such an amazing group of people coming together.

"Morrisons's donated so much, so thanks to them.

"There is enough there now to open a Butterworth Hall cafe.

"I could really go on and on how the night has been.

"I hope I have the pleasure to meet up with all the people who helped out tonight, you have all been amazing."

Councillor Andy Kelly, who was at Butterworth Hall, added: “Well done Milnrow and Newhey."

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