Charity cash bonanza as Saddleworth Show and Wellifest raises £28k

Reporter: Ken Bennett
Date published: 27 July 2022

The Rotary Clubs of Saddleworth and Oldham Metro, helped by a host of volunteers, made this year's Wellifest and Saddleworth Show the best ever.

More than £28,000 was raised over the two-day spectacular, achieving Rotary’s mission to help local good causes and charities over the coming year.

Their work has already begun with total donations of £1,420 given out to their volunteer helpers; Dovestone W.I., 2200 (Oldham) ATC, Dovestone Youth Rangers, REEL CIC and The Nicola Hughes Foundation.

And since the show, Rotary has made donations in excess of £5,000 to several needy local and international good causes including the Oldham Lighthouse Homeless Project, Safe.Net Womens' refuge, Ukraine Crisis Appeals, REEL CIC and the Lees Eco Hub Project. 

Frank Bolger and Tony Burke, the event's co-chairs, said: “Many more donations will be made in the coming months. 

"Thanks for the support of everyone who attended both events.

“Plans are already well under way with tickets for Wellifest 2023 going on sale soon, and the Jedi Light Sabre Training have already been booked for the Saddleworth Show.

“The Organising Committee cannot thank enough all those who volunteered, our sponsors, partners and the public for their amazing level of support.

"It certainly was the best ever fundraising event."

Looking forward, anyone who would like to join the amazing volunteer team can contact the show organisers via the websites: and

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