GreatWave of support for local charity

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A family-run cleaning firm is raising money and awareness about a local charity that supports people experiencing the after-effects of a stroke.

GreatWave Cleaning Services Ltd, based in Wigan, has signed up to Wigan Council’s Deal for Business, an initiative encouraging companies in the borough to support the communities in which they are based.

Managing Director, Emma Leyland, raised £100 after taking part in a Dragon Boat Race at Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club in Pennington Flash.

The money will go to Ince based charity, Think Ahead, to aid the work they do for people recovering from strokes.

She said: “It’s important that we raise awareness about this charity because it’s not just older people who can experience stroke. Think Ahead supports young people too and that’s not something that I think many people are aware of.

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“The work they do is really transformational so I want to do all I can to raise their profile and make people aware of their services.”

GreatWave has been signed up to The Deal for Business for five months.

In that time, Emma has been able to expand her employee base, providing more opportunities for local residents.

She added: “The council has been a great believer in what we do and has been really clear about the help new and small businesses can receive.

“Thanks to support received from the council, including being put in touch with The Business Growth Company, I’ve expanded my knowledge of the business world and have now got more aspirations to grow my business further in the future.”

Since launching in 2017, more than 500 businesses have signed up to the council’s scheme.

Leader of Wigan Council, David Molyneux  said: “Supporting, nurturing and inspiring local entrepreneurship is a key priority for us.

“We want to encourage businesses of all scales to invest in our borough. To do this, we can share our expertise and resources with local people to support them to make ambitious decisions.

“The Deal for Business is all about the voluntary and private sectors working together to make our borough a stronger place, so it’s fantastic that Emma has taken the decision to support a charity that can quite simply change lives.

“We look forward to continuing our working relationship with GreatWave and hearing more about their community support in the future.