September 2019 - East Cheshire Hospice

Will Week – Home Appointments

Home visits by solicitors during Will Week are still available, even though office appointments are now fully booked up in Macclesfield.

Blunts Solicitors and SAS Daniels no longer have vacancies during Will Week which runs from October 7-11 and is in aid of East Cheshire Hospice.

The solicitors are among 15 firms offering to write a single, or mirror will, in return for a donation to the Hospice.

Among them is Estate Planning Solutions who will visit people in the comfort of their own homes and provide the same service.

Kate Bowmar, the Hospice’s Corporate Fundraiser, said: “We’re on course for another highly successful Will Week and want to thank those who’ve already booked an appointment.


“We’d also like to stress that these home appointments are available to anyone in the community, not just those who may struggle to travel to their local solicitor.”

Estates Planning Solutions (tel: 01625 540033) has been nominated for a prestigious award at next month’s British Wills and Probate Awards.

Director Paul Dodsworth said: “We are very pleased to support East Cheshire Hospice during Will Week and are happy to offer home visits in Macclesfield and the surrounding areas.”

A full list of participating solicitors is available at

Solicitors will outline their usual fees and encourage supporters to donate a similar amount to the Hospice via a donation envelope for cash or cheques.

* For more details contact the fundraising team on 01625 433477.

Own a piece of Gathering

A work of art which has enjoyed pride of place at Tatton Park will soon be dismantled to provide lasting souvenirs for East Cheshire Hospice supporters.

Pieces of Gathering, an installation featuring thousands of hand-stitched elements, will be sold off in unique editions with all profits supporting patient care.

The creation by international artist Susie MacMurray is suspended from the Mansion’s grand rotunda and on display until Sunday, October 6, as part of Art Fair Cheshire 2019.

The following day Susie and her helpers will begin the task of taking it down before arranging the rich red velvet and barbed wire elements for purchase.

Individual elements cost £30 with larger arrangements also available.

Camilla Crockett, the Hospice’s Relationships Manager, said: “This is a rare opportunity for our supporters to own an exclusive piece of art and support the Hospice at the same time. With its striking design, it will decorate any home or office.”

Elements can be bought online via  the Hospice, call them on 01625 665692, or go to

Susie said: “Normally when a temporary commission is made it remains the artist property, but part of my donation to the Hospice is to gift them this piece of work so they can generate funds.

“Some pieces have already been ordered and hopefully other people will also make purchases in the run up to Christmas.

Gathering has been incredibly well received during its three-month display. The response has been very powerful and we’ve had some amazing and moving comments.”

Susie will give an illustrated talk at noon on Sunday (Sept 29) at Macclesfield Town Hall as part of Art Fair 2019 which starts tomorrow (Thur, Sept 26) and lasts a week.

Her studio assistant Helen Newman will be among exhibitors with her ceramic display.

Susie said: “Art Fair 2019 showcases some great Cheshire-based artists and works are to an extremely high standard.”

The Art Fair has free entry and opens from 10.30 am until 5 pm each day. Late night opening until 8.30 pm is on Tuesday when visitors can enjoy a glass of wine while browsing the art.

Each participating artist donates at least 40 per cent of every sale to support the Hospice.

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7i Group generous donations

A flourishing new business is sharing its success with East Cheshire Hospice by making a £500 donation to the charity.

7i Group was set up 18 months ago by managing director Andrew Sellick who has many years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

The company is sharing at least one per cent of its first-year pre-tax profits with the Hospice and Rainbow Trust.

7i Group, which is about to move to larger offices at Alderley Park due to rapid expansion, provides advanced commercial and scientific insights research for pharmaceutical companies and other healthcare organisations.

The group’s insight and analysis, gained through its scientific and market expertise, is also of valuable assistance to health care providers such as the NHS.

Andrew, from Knutsford, said:  “I’d always wanted to set up my  own business but family and career took precedence until the opportunity presented itself a couple of years ago.

“It’s now all come together, and I wish I’d done it 20 years ago. It’s hard work but 7i Group is going really well and Alderley Park is a great place to work.

“When 7i Group started we wanted to give something back and are proud to be associated with East Cheshire Hospice, a charity where dedicated and caring people are delivering incredibly important services to patients and their families.”

7i Group is part of the Hospice 500 Club in which members raise £500 minimum each year over a three-year period.

Art Fair Cheshire – Artist Led Tours

Claude Monet and the painting of his famous Water Lilies will be the subject of a talk at this year’s Art Fair Cheshire.

Best-selling author Ross King will be discussing Mad Enchantment, his book about the French painter’s creation and will also sign copies.

He is one of four guest speakers marking the 20th anniversary of Art Fair Cheshire at Macclesfield Town Hall from Sept 26 until Oct 3.

The event features an exhibition of more than 80 artists and crafts experts and celebrates two decades of exhibiting and selling art for East Cheshire Hospice.

Art Fair Cheshire is one of the north west’s leading art events and has contributed more than £350,000 to the Hospice. The guest speaker schedule is:

Sat, Sept 28 – 12 pm: Figure Painting from Life in Oils. Distinguished painter Norman Long demonstrates his portrait skills and discusses his techniques.

2 pm: Harry Ousey Remembered. The artist’s niece tells of her journey researching the life and times of Manchester-born artist Harry Ousey. His paintings, diaries and sketch notes were left to her in 1997.

Sun, Sept 29 –  ​12 pm: Susie MacMurray. Artist Susie MacMurray will give an illustrated talk on her work and discuss her latest installation ‘Gathering’ at Tatton Park.  Inspired by the work of the Hospice, it features more than 4,000 individual elements hand-stitched by the artist and volunteers.

2 pm: Ross King discusses Mad Enchantment.

Talks are free with no booking required. Seats are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.  Artist-led tours will take place on Mon, Sept 30, Tue Oct 1 and Wed Oct 2, all at 11 am.

The bi-ennial Art Fair has free entry and is open from 10.30 am until 5 pm each day , with late night opening until 8.30 pm on Tuesday Oct 1 when visitors can enjoy a glass of wine while they browse the art.

Each participating artist donates at least 40 per cent of every sale to support the Hospice which helps to fund its Art Psychotherapist.

This year’s exhibition has many returning artists and a lot of new exhibitors. Organisers say it has everything from greetings cards to large paintings with something to suit every pocket.

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