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Give ‘em Five…

The Mustard Tree makes five little pounds go a very long way, and you could to…

Published on March 20th 2007.


Give ‘em Five…

When Gordo was a lad, giving someone ‘a bunch of fives’ was a satisfying end to a great British night out. Indeed, delivering a bop to the nose of a stranger was the perfect digestif to follow a foaming pint of nut brown ale and a game of arrows.

Then came the Nineties with its Acid House, mountain bikes and character nightwear; a time where ‘giving five’ mysteriously transmogrified into a confusing gesture of friendship. It was a puzzling time for all concerned.

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And then, and entirely without warning, ‘five’ mutated again to somehow revel in the glory of fruit and vegetables. Five of them to be exact; administered orally each and every day. The plot thickens…

So, what with five vowels in our language, five arduous days in a working week and five senses to enjoy it all… it seems that five really is the magic number.

But five still isn’t a very big number and if you turn it into pounds then it doesn’t get you very far at all. Gordo remembers a time when five pounds would buy you a trip to The Smoke but nowadays you’d be pushed to make that grubby little fiver survive a trip to the bar.

But don’t despair; Manchester Confidential knows a place where that little green fellow is worth more than the cotton he’s printed on. The Mustard Tree on Oldham Road is one of the North West’s leading Outreach projects; set up to meet the most basic needs of Manchester’s most vulnerable people. From local families on the breadline to those unlucky enough to be homeless, The Mustard Tree has been providing food, clothing and practical assistance to people in real need since 1993.

But in the absence of public funding, The Mustard Tree is forced to rely on the generosity of ordinary people to continue their remarkable work. And this, dear reader, is where you come in. Manchester Confidential is on the lookout for the most altruistic, philanthropic and just plain bloody nice people in this city to fork out just one five pound note each month to keep The Mustard Tree alive.

Whilst five pounds probably means very little to you, the same amount is a veritable bounty to an organisation like The Mustard Tree. And with so many pressures on their resources, they need a lot of fivers to keep on providing a safety net for the people of this city. So dig deep and relax safe in the knowledge that that dirty little fiver of yours will be used exclusively to help people in the city that you love. Oh, that’s Manchester by the way…

So, come on people… lets make a difference today. Just click here to find out how to feel instantly less guilty about those new shoes or that taxi ride home from the pub ‘cos it was raining, you naughty, naughty people…

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