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Strong community spirit will see Wythenshawe through the COVID 19 crisis

The Wythenshawe community is pulling together in the face of Covid 19.

This week Wythenshawe Foodbank thanked local businesses and the community for their support as well as Wythenshawe Community Housing Group who donated a vehicle for the distribution of food to those in need.

A spokesman said: “We are receiving a lot of demand for our service. We are seeing an incredible rallying around of the community and if you want to get in touch with Wythenshawe Food bank you can get in touch through our social media.”

Express Solicitors dontated £1000 to the foodbank.

The United Estates of Wythenshawe gym closed last night following government advice but earlier last week was helping deliver food to those in need and provided a space for people to chat.

A Facebook group – Wythenshawe COVID 19 Community Support –  has been established with nearly 4000 followers and is coordinating support for the most vulnerable in the town.


And Tesco in Baguley will will be opening its doors early on Sunday morning exclusively for health workers from Wythenshawe Hospital as a thank you for their hard work during the crisis.

Community Centres in Wythenshawe will be changing the way it provides its services from Monday March 23. Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre and Benchill Community Centre will be closed except for the distribution of  lunch-packs for the vulnerable at the venues between 12.00 and 1.30pm, Monday to Friday.


And Wythenshawe Good Neighbours Project is also involved in co-ordinating services in the community.

COVID 19 has also hit sport in the town, with all league games suspended until further notice. But the clubs have been doing their bit for the community.

Campaigning family continue to raise cash for baby Haris and disabled Wythenshawe kids

WhatsApp Image 2019-05-16 at 12.28.34 PMFundraising for baby Haris Khan is continuing with a raffle of a framed Manchester City away shirt, signed by the domestic treble-winning team.

There is also  Tyson Fury signed glove and a framed picture of the boxer signing the glove up for grabs.

Tickets are being sold in Wythenshawe Civic Centre until 8pm today (Monday) and the draw will take place outside Asda.

The family of Haris Khan, who suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, won their battle to have the drug Spinraza, available on the NHS. The drug, which was previously available in Scotland and other countries but not England, will have a massive impact on the quality of life of Haris and other suffers across the country.

Dad, Shakeel, says the fund raising events are continuing  to buy a specially adapted vehicle for Haris and other disabled children in Wythenshawe,  with plans for days out for disabled youngsters in the area.

Wythenshawe family win fight for”miracle” drug for baby Haris

vid00009_dvd.originalA Wythenshawe family have won their battle for NHS approval of a “miracle drug”, which will massively boost the quality of life of their terminally ill son.

Shakeel Khan and his wife Renata have been fighting for months to have drug Spinraza, funded by the NHS to treat their son Haris who suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The drug which is used a number of countries around the world, including Scotland, was not available on NHS in England because of cost.

But this week, following a meeting of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, the family finally got the result they had been campaigning tirelessly for and were told the drug, manufactured by Biogen, will now be available to treat their son.

And it means families across the country will also be able to benefit from the drug which has a massive impact on the quality of life of sufferers.


Shakeel said he was delighted with the decision and has praised the local community in Wythenshawe for their support as well as local businesses and sports stars including footballers Jermaine Defoe and Riyad Mahrez, and boxers Tyson Fury and Amir Khan, who helped raise funds for their campaign.

Former England international Defoe, whose Jermaine Defoe Foundation helps children in the UK, bought a carry-cot for the family and delivered a personal message to Shakeel and Renata when news of their victory came through.


Mahrez, whose goal helped secure Manchester City’s fourth Premier League title on the last day of the season, has also supported the family and visited them at their home in Newall Green where he met Haris’ brother, 10-year-old Blues fan Maryus. The club has also donated a signed shirt.

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Wythenshawe boxing legend Tyson Fury and Bolton boxer Amir Khan both donated signed gloves.


Shakeel has also thanked Piece of Cake by Neelam Burto, Creations by Rocky and the local One Stop Shop whose Carriers for Causes initiative has raised cash for Haris.


Shakeel told the Reporter: “I can’t thank these people enough. They have been amazing. And I want to thank all my neighbours who have been incredible, especially Angela and Lee.”

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The fund raising events are continuing and Shakeel is  to buy a specially adapted vehicle for Haris and other disabled children in Wythenshawe  with plans for days out for disabled youngsters in the area.

Donations can be made via the Just Giving page.

NICE, Biogen and NHS England say they have agreed to make Spinraza available for children, young people and adults with SMA Types 1, 2 and 3 through a scheme known as a Managed Access Agreement (MAA). This means that patients will be able to get Spinraza while more long-term data on its effectiveness is gathered.

NHS England says the treatment will be made available to the youngest and most severely-affected (SMA Type 1) patients immediately by Biogen, with NHS England offering funding on NICE’s publication of final guidance.

It says that for older babies, children and young adults with SMA Types 2 and 3, the NHS will begin to provide Spinraza shortly after NICE’s guidance is published, once the services to deliver them are established. This is not expected to take more than a few weeks.

The charity, Muscular Dystrophy UK welcomed the news, but said on their website: “Our work here is not done. The lengthy, frustrating delays which we have seen throughout this process must not be allowed to happen again.”

And Doug Henderson, Managing Director of Spinal Muscular Atrophy UK, said: “At last the SMA community has the answer it has been asking for since NICE started its appraisal almost 17 months ago. Our thanks to NICE, NHS England and Biogen for this great news and to all the SMA community who worked so hard on this journey. The clinical evidence was there; our voices were finally heard.

“We are only sorry that it took so long when time matters so much; for the families with infants with SMA Type 1 who have had no access to treatment since November 2018; for families and adults who have desperately wanted to have the opportunity to see what potential this treatment might have for them; for the clinicians who have been so frustrated by their lack of power to offer it.

“We will now do all we can to support the smooth implementation of the Managed Access Agreement. We will also continue to work to advocate for change to the NICE process for appraising access to orphan medicines so that future treatments are more rapidly and appropriately assessed.”

Wythenshawe Town game cancelled over club’s “legal entity”

untitledWythenshawe Town’s last game of the season has been called off because of an issue with the club’s “legal entity status”.

News of the cancellation of the fixture against Abbey Hulton was announced on the the Hallmark Security League website.

Because the game is the last of the season it will not be played at a later date.


The statement says: “Following consultation between the FA, Manchester County FA, the League Insurers and the club, the League Emergency Committee has no choice but to cancel the game.”

Wythenshawe Reporter ha approached the club for a comment.

Wythenshawe derby dedicated to fight against racism

It’s the Wythenshawe derby today and the clubs are dedicating the fixture to the anti-racist charity, Kick it Out.

Wythenshawe Town’s manager was suspended recently after leading his players off the field in protest at racist abuse at a match in January.

The Town manager, James Kinsey, was backed by Wythenshawe MP, Mike Kane, who raised the issue in Parliament.

And there is everything to play for as well as local pride. Wythenshawe Town are currently in third place in the league, with Wythenshawe Amateurs just one point behind in fifth.

This season marks the 25-year anniversary of Kick It Out.

On its website, Wythenshawe Town said: “Having started as ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ in 1993, Kick It Out has evolved into an organisation which – working alongside its partners The FA, the PremierLeague, the English Football League, The Professional Footballers’ Association, the League Managers Association and the Football Supporters’ Federation, among others – fights ALL forms of discrimination in the game we love.

In the 2018/19 season and beyond, we want everyone involved in football to continue to campaign for equality and challenge discrimination, while playing a part in shaping a fair and inclusive future for everyone who loves the game.

You can report discrimination to Kick It Out via their app, via email on, via their online reporting form on their website, or via freephone on 0800 169 9414.