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Christmas Toy Appeal set for early start as cost of living crisis deepens


A Queen’s Award-winning charity from Leigh has brought forward its annual Christmas Toy Appeal in response to the cost of living crisis. Compassion in Action (CIA), organisers of Leigh’s longest-running toy appeal, is now officially welcoming donations. Toys for children aged 0 to 16-plus can be dropped off at the charity’s Patrick House headquarters at […]

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What does ‘remembrance’ mean to Leigh’s veterans?


Ahead of Remembrance Sunday 2022, Compassion in Action spoke to two of Wigan Borough’s valued veterans, who attend our weekly brunch, about what ‘remembrance’ means to them. Robert Smith, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) Having been in the Army, I’ve got that personal connection with Remembrance Day. My father was taken prisoner in Belgium […]

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Compassion in Action donates food to Elmridge Court residents


A Queen’s award-winning charity is donating food to older residents of Elmridge Court in Lowton, who are feeling the effects of the cost of living crisis. Leigh-based Compassion in Action (CIA) is working with Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of care and housing for people in later life, to provide a weekly shop at one […]

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Access your local ‘Heat Retreat’ for cost of living support


A Queen’s award-winning charity based in Leigh has launched a brand-new initiative to help tackle local food and fuel poverty. Compassion in Action (CIA) has announced the opening of three ‘Heat Retreats’ in the Wigan Borough. Adults of all ages can keep warm, enjoy a free snack and seek cost of living support at CIA’s […]

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The Leigh Baker Café reopens at Atherleigh Park Hospital


The Leigh Baker Café at Atherleigh Park Hospital has reopened for the first time since lockdown – and is back with a brand-new menu. Operated by Compassion in Action (CIA), the café will now be offering exclusive Victorian afternoon teas for two, as well as preparing buffet lunches for NHS staff who are based on […]

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The Lady Smith DL joins Compassion in Action’s Board


The Lady Smith DL has been officially welcomed to the Board at Compassion in Action (CIA). The appointment was formally announced at the charity’s Annual Board Review Meeting (ABRM), which took place on 9 July at our headquarters, Patrick House. Paying tribute to Lord Peter, who sadly passed away in August 2021, our CEO Pam […]

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Leigh Centurion Edwin Ipape set to volunteer at Compassion in Action


It’s less than 24 hours since Leigh Centurions announced they have secured the services of Papua New Guinea international Edwin Ipape on a three-year contract extension until the end of 2025. And yet, today, the humble hooker has already reported in for volunteering duty at local charity Compassion in Action (CIA). Having been presented with […]

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Compassion in Action toasts Queen’s 70-year reign with Platinum Jubilee party


A toast was raised to Her Majesty the Queen during Compassion in Action’s Platinum Jubilee party, held on 1 June. Wigan Borough veterans and members of the Ladies Luncheon Club were welcomed to the charity’s Patrick House headquarters for an afternoon of celebration – marking the Queen’s 70-year reign on the throne. Keith Stott, Vice […]

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