Each year, the sitting mayor of Rochdale raises thousands of pounds for local charitable causes through collections and organised events such as the Mayor’s Ball. The charities change each year as every mayor chooses ones that are close or important to them.
All the money the mayor raises is collected and distributed at the end of their mayoral year.
Charities the mayor is raising funds for
Councillor Aasim Rashid, supported by the mayoress, Mrs Rifit Rashid, will be raising funds for:
Springhill Hospice – a purpose-built facility with 16 beds offering specialist palliative care to patients and their families from diagnosis to end-of-life.
Parkinson's UK – driving better care, treatments and quality of life.
Petrus (Rochdale) – residential and day support to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Jolly Josh (Middleton) – raising funds to create a sensory centre with a hydrotherapy pool for children with complex needs, learning difficulties and life-limiting conditions. The centre is in the memory of 15-month-old Joshua James Kelly from Middleton, who tragically passed away in 2020 after being diagnosed with mitochondrial disease.
Shopmobility – provides manual powered wheelchairs, powered scooters and volunteer escorts to help people with limited mobility shop in Rochdale.
Other local charities and groups.
How to donate
All donations are gratefully received and will go to these fantastic local causes.
Donate by text message:
Text the word ROCHDALE to 70085 to make a one-off £5 donation.
Texts cost £5 plus your standard network rate. The mayor’s charities will receive 95% of your donation as we pay a small fee to use this service. Your donation will be added to your monthly phone bill or taken off your pay-as-you-go credit.
We may contact you by text and phone about future events and fundraising related to the mayor’s charities. If you’d like to give £5 but do not wish to receive further communication from us, text ROCHDALENOINFO to 70085.
Donate by BACS or bank transfer:
Barclays Bank Rochdale Branch
Account Name: Mayor of Rochdale's Charity Appeal
Account Number: 53356159
Sort code: 20–72–67
Donate by cheque: make cheques payable to The Mayor's Charity. You can drop them off at the front desk at Number One Riverside or post them to:
The Mayor's Office
Number One Riverside
Rochdale OL16 1XU
How to join the committee of volunteers
The mayoral year is busy and does not leave much time to organise all the fundraising events. Each mayor chooses a committee of volunteers who help organise and run all the fundraisers.
If you’d like to join the committee, register your interest using the contact details on this page.