FUNDRAISING teacher Steve Hill has launched another of his famous challenges but this one is very much closer to home.
Intrepid Steve has enjoyed adventures all over the globe raising money for good causes.
Now he has set up his own charitable trust with all proceeds going to support worthy causes throughout the town.
Steve, deputy headteacher at St Joseph’s RC School, will also nominate one overseas charity to benefit from the efforts of the newly formed Team Hill Charitable Trust.
He will be supported by four trustees who have helped organise a series of local fundraising events: Diana and Dave Heywood and Brian and Laura Hurst.
“It just seems the right time to formalise the fundraising and maybe even take it to the next level,” said Steve.
“But is also important to me it is a team effort.
“All monies from my challenges and local events will go into the charitable trust.
“Rather than supporting national charities, the object will be to support local good causes in Oldham
“There are plenty of people who do good things who might need some extra funding to help them in whatever they are doing.
“People will know money raised from events will be going back into the Oldham community.
“When people get wind of what we are doing hopefully they will start to approach us.
“We also hope these events will help put smiles on faces and let people have some fun.”
Earlier this year, Steve spent eight days in Uganda, running the country’s marathon and also visiting Bugabira Primary School.
“I heard a lot of dreadful stories and I know a small amount of money can make a massive difference,” he added.
“The school I visited earlier this year want to build a dormitory that will house 40 children.
“Over the last couple of years children have been attacked on the way to school with one eight-year-old girl raped.
“We are not looking to raise massive amounts each year, potentially £5,000-£6,000 a year.
“That way we hope to make a difference which is our tagline.”
Later this year Oldham St Anne’s rugby club is hosting a ‘charity gala and posh dinner’.
Tickets for the event on Friday, October 11 are priced at £40 per person including dinner, disco and entertainment from the Singing Pilot, Stuart Beech.
For more information and tickets ring 07753 570690.