On Friday 15th January, Swinton Legion held a hugely successful Flood Relief Concert in aid of the victims of the flooding around Greater Manchester on Boxing Day.

Swinton Legion raised a massive £951 for Forever Manchester’s Greater Manchester Flood Recovery Appeal through ticket sales, a raffle and an auction.

Local DJ Jonathan Buck hosted the event with guest DJs Keith Leigh and Stuart Linguard. There was also live artists on the night, including fantastic female vocal duo Le Zar, rock pop 3-piece harmony band, Wolf and Mississippi Soul Man, and Malcolm McBride.

Our Grants and Awards Officer, Gayle Gamble, said: “We don’t have many disasters, thank God, but when we do have one it’s on a big scale; the money is needed there and then, not three months down the line. So it’s important that we do these things to get money in the pot, so that if something does happen we’ve got some funds there to give out to those who need it on the ground.

“As soon as it started to unfold, a couple of my colleagues shot into work, got on the computers and we started the ball rolling – getting in touch with the emergency services finding out what was needed. Normally we have community groups that apply for funding but in this instance it was the Council that applied to us. The money from the night is going back into the Disaster Relief Fund because we need to build the pot back up now.”

The night was a huge success, with a fantastic response from the local residents that helped out to raise money for their neighbours that were affected. We’d like to thank Swinton Legion for this incredible fundraising night, the money will help the thousands in Greater Manchester affected by the flooding.

The Greater Manchester Flood Recovery Appeal remains open for further donations:



Photo courtesy of Gareth Lyons