On Saturday 19th July the Corn Exchange held a yard sale raising over £3,000 for Forever Manchester to invest in local communities across Greater Manchester.

The event attracted a large crowd exceeding our expectations. As a result some issues arose, and it was unfortunate, though predictable that the media chose to report on the negative aspects as opposed to highlighting the positives from the event.

Forever Manchester’s ethos and our approach to community development is to focus on what’s strong rather than what’s wrong, so we would like to share with you our version of events as we saw it.

Paul Haworth, Marketing Director at Forever Manchester, who was in attendance collecting money from the sale of items explains;

“The Corn Exchange has been a long standing supporter of Forever Manchester and we would like to thank the Corn Exchange for selecting us as the recipient of proceeds from the sale. We would also like to thank the Corn Exchange Security and Greater Manchester Police for helping us to evacuate the premises once all the items were claimed and sold. And finally we would like to thank all the people that came along, queued in the rain and bought items.

“The Corn Exchange notified us of the sale early last week and we promoted the sale through our normal channels. The Manchester Evening News ran a story in Friday’s paper and through the power of media and social media, the event attracted far more people that we ever expected.

“When the doors opened at 9am, people ran into the building, reminiscent of the scenes you would see at Boxing Day sales or the launch of the latest gadgets.

“Within a very short space of time most of the items had been claimed so the challenge was to evacuate the building to allow people who had claimed the items to remove them and pay for them in a safe and effective manner.

“Forever Manchester staff contacted the Police for assistance. On arrival the Police ushered people to the doors and even helped carry some items for people struggling to lift bulky items.

“We would like to stress that the majority of people who had attended the event were very polite and courteous and paid for their items as they left the building helping to raise £3,000 for our charity.

“The money raised will be used to fund local projects that bring people together and deliver activities that provide the social backbone of our communities.”