February 2020 - East Cheshire Hospice

Sidney Jackson Ford Continue Their Support

Well known family business Sidney Jackson & Son Ltd is celebrating its centenary year by once again showing support for East Cheshire Hospice.

The car dealership is sponsoring two of our major fundraising events – the Light Up The Night memory walk and Spring Ball.

The company has operated from the same location in Butley, near Macclesfield, since it was established in 1920.

Back then it sold tractors to the local farming community before adding a coach service and garage repairs.

In 1955 it became a Ford car dealership and under Jimmy Jackson – Sidney’s son – the company went on to sell thousands of cars.

Jimmy died in 2014 and the family tradition is being maintained by his son Tim, now the company MD.

From left, Company Accountant Steve Sandiford,  Jimmy Jackson and General Manager Liam Riley pictured in 2013.

Light Up The Night will be held at Adlington Hall, a short drive from the car showroom, on Friday, April 24, from 7 pm. The company is sponsoring the event for the fourth year.

Liam Riley, General Manager at Sidney Jackson, said: “Jimmy was always a proud supporter of East Cheshire Hospice and we knew also from many of our customers the importance of the charity to our community.

“Our business shares that compassion and commitment and are delighted to support the charity again.”

Jimmy was a parish councillor in Prestbury for 35 years, working hard to preserve the village’s architecture, beauty and sense of community.

His wife Thelma was the last Mayor of the Borough of Macclesfield in 2008 and is a big Hospice supporter.

Light Up the Night has an Early Bird offer of £16 for adults and £11 for children (aged up to 18)  available until Friday, March 13.

* For more details visit eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/events/light-up-the-night/

Tickets are still available for the Spring Ball in a marquee at Alderley Edge Cricket Club on Friday, March 27.

Tickets cost £70 each, or £700 for a table of 10. This includes a welcome drink on arrival and a three course meal. The event starts at 7 pm, with carriages at 1 am. Dress code is black tie.

* Go to eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/events/springball20/ or call 01625 433477 or email events@echospice.org.uk.

Kate Bowmar, Corporate Fundraiser at the Hospice, said: “We’d like to thank Sidney Jackson for their continued support and wish them every success in their centenary year. They are very much part of the fabric of the community like the Hospice.”

Jimmy and Sidney Jackson outside their original two-car showroom. Their first cars were a Ford Popular and a Zephyr.

Trek Sahara and Challenge 2020

Scaling Saharan sand dunes in scorching temperatures and camping under the stars.

This Moroccan adventure is the next overseas challenge we’re organising.

The 50 km trek from March 20-27 next year is one of several major events on the our fundraising calendar.

There is something for everyone in a packed events calendar in 2020. Splash Out returns on Sunday, July 6, while a Firewalk is on Friday November 6.

In addition, the Challenge Yourself series lets the public raise funds from their own fundraising initiatives.

Events Assistant Bethan Wade said:  “The events organised by the Hospice are always popular and we’ve drawn up a varied programme to suit all tastes. These community events are a chance for supporters to have a great time and raise money to care for patients.

“In addition, many people do their own thing whether it’s running a 10k or a sponsored bike ride and these Challenge Yourself ideas mean so much to us.” Visit eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/challenge for more details.

A Saharan Trek Information Evening will take place here at the Hospice on Tuesday, March 10, from 6 pm when Different Travel and Bethan will explain more.

The trip costs £1,320, including a £325 registration fee payable at booking to secure a place. Trekkers are also expected to raise a minimum of £995 for the Hospice.

The four-day trek will be followed by two days helping on a community project in Marrakech.

Contact Bethan Wade on 01625 665691 or email bwade@echospice.org.uk to find out more.

The Saharan sands await East Cheshire Hospice trekkers.

Spring Ball 2020 Is Coming!

A glitzy night of glamour headlined by top-class song and dance is promised at our Spring Ball 2020.

The lavish evening of fine dining and live entertainment is in a special marquee at Alderley Edge Cricket Club on Friday, March 27.

Tickets cost £70 each, or £700 for a table of 10. This includes a welcome drink on arrival and a three course meal. The event starts at 7 pm, with carriages at 1 am. Dress code is black tie.

The event is organised by the committee which has staged Fashion on the Edge and previous winter balls so has great experience of such functions.

Diners will be treated to a spectacular medley of songs from The Greatest Showman performed by the A Million Dreams tribute act, comprising Toby Hinson, Kerri Leigh and Rebecca White.

The DATS Dance School will also be showcasing their skills, the group having earned rave reviews for previous appearances at Hospice balls.

To register visit eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/events/springball20/ or call 01625 433477 or email events@echospice.org.uk.

Hospice Events Manager Beth Candy said: “It’ll be a wonderful occasion and lots of our supporters have already bought tickets, but there’s still places left for anyone who wants a great night out and at the same time is supporting the Hospice.”

The DATS Dance School in action.

Fundraising Efforts Are Music To Heather Broadbent’s Ears Right Off The Bat

Friends back home have been lifting the spirits of round-the-world sailor Heather Broadbent with their fundraising support.

Her hopes of raising £40,000 for the Hospice @Home service run by East Cheshire Hospice have been boosted by new donations totalling more than £1,000.

A winter ball organised by Prestbury Tennis Club raised £600, while The Caravanettes ladies choir donated £448 from their summer concert and appearance at the Christmas treacle market.

Judy Grant, vice-chair of the tennis club, and Claire Sutton, a choir co-founder, are both friends of Heather.

They suggested their groups contribute to her campaign as part of their organisations’ on-going Hospice support.

From left, Prestbury Tennis Club vice-chair Judy Grant, chair Peter Moyes, East Cheshire Hospice community fundraiser Carley Macey and tennis club secretary Lesley Cain.


Heather is preparing to leave the Philippines for the second half of her 11-month voyage.

She said: “I do miss my family and friends at home and it makes me so proud to hear of the fantastic things they’re doing to help me achieve my target for East Cheshire Hospice.

“I want to thank both Judy and Claire and everyone who contributed. It means so much to me to try to raise this money for such a wonderful cause and any help like this from the community is much appreciated.”

Tennis club secretary Lesley Cain worked in the finance department here at the Hospice for 17 years before retirement.

She said: “I really like the Hospice @Home concept and my husband Chris, who died in 2017, might well have used the service if it had existed then. It started later that year.

“Apart from the health benefits of playing tennis, the club has provided me with social and emotional support.”

Lesley’s son Jon has been head coach at the club for 10 years. For more details about the club visit prestburytennis.org.

The Caravanettes got their name after Claire Sutton and her co-founders Claire Thorneycroft and Clare Hayward began singing in a mobile caravan by Macclesfield Canal in 2006.

Now 38-strong, the choir make regular appearances under the leadership of choir master Toby Hinson.

He said: “It was Claire’s suggestion that we support Heather and her amazing adventure. We wish her good luck on her voyage and with her fundraising.” Visit thecaravanettes.co.uk for more choir details.

The Caravanettes ladies choir.


To donate to Heather’s campaign visit dreamitnowdoit.com/fundraising/

M&S Flowers add colour to East Cheshire Hospice

From left, Hospice volunteer Mary Hindle with Marks & Spencer staff Ellie Holley, Helen Ross and Chris Birkenhead.

Floral gifts from Marks & Spencer are adding colour to East Cheshire Hospice and helping fund the cost of patient care.

Twice a week volunteers from the charity collect beautiful arrangements from the Handforth Dean store which have reached their sell-by date.

The flowers decorate the inpatient ward, Sunflower Centre and reception area while some are sold to visitors and staff in return for a donation.

Donations have raised £4,000 since the store started giving flowers to the Hospice a year ago.

Volunteer Mary Hindle, from Prestbury, said:  “It’s a generous gesture by M & S and when I deliver the flowers to the Hospice, they bring great pleasure to patients, staff, visitors and volunteers.”

Hospice Volunteer Co-ordinator Helena Smith said: “We can’t thank M & S enough for their kind support. The flowers are of an amazing quality and bring so much cheer to the Hospice.

“One inpatient wanted to give her daughter flowers for her birthday and was so happy when she realised they were available here.

“It was a lovely moment and meant so much to her.  Flowers are precious and bring colour and care, raising funds so we can look after our patients.”

Ellie Holley, Food Section Manager at M & S, Handforth, said: “We’re delighted to help East Cheshire Hospice as part of our on-going support for local charities. We value our role within the community and are glad flowers we can no longer sell to our customers make such a difference to Hospice patients.”

Heather Broadbent Forced to Reroute Due to Coronavirus

Sailor Heather Broadbent is making a detour on her epic voyage around the globe because of the Coronavirus in China.

Credit: Matthew Dickens/imagecomms
The Clipper Round the World Race, Portimao.


The outbreak has forced organisers of the Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race to change the route for the 11-strong fleet.

Heather, who is aiming to raise £40,000 for the Hospice, is due to arrive in the Philippines before the weekend (Feb 15-16) on the Asia-Pacific leg of her adventure.

The fleet had intended to stop there later in the race but the visit has now been brought forward.

It is unclear whether the original destination of Sanya, a port in China, will now feature on the route.

The fleet will have an extended minimum nine-day stopover in the Philippines as organisers work on contingency plans if the route needs further amending.

Heather, a landscape gardener from Disley, is midway through her 11-month trip on board the yacht GoToBermuda and has been at sea since leaving Australia early last month.

Heather wrote in an email: “I’ve been heartbroken to hear the devastating news of the virus spreading across China with many thousands of people affected.

“This has obviously had an impact on our destinations and the Clipper Race office have been working hard to find an alternative port for us to re-stock and re-charge before we set sail across the Pacific to Seattle.

“Life on board is good after we crossed the Equator for my second time and in the close confines of a 70-foot sailing boat strong friendships are soon forged. ”

Heather’s late husband Adam (45) was a patient at the Hospice and she has already raised £25,330 towards her target.  The funds will support our

Hospice @Home service. To sponsor her visit justgiving.com/fundraising/dreamitnowdoit

Heather added: “I’m lucky to have met some incredible people who I now count as lifelong friends. I’ve visited places I’ll always remember and Cape Town and Freemantle in Australia are both highlights.

“Yesterday I saw a pod of about 10 whales blowing hard and splashing their tails, seeming to be herding huge schools of leaping tuna, apparently just for the sheer sport because whales don’t eat tuna.”

Dean from Silk Events

From left, Dean Holmes with helpers Sean Worth and Sam Staddard at last year’s Light Up The Night.


Host Dean Holmes enjoys appearing on stage as front man at fundraising events for East Cheshire Hospice.

His next gig for the charity is the Light Up The Night in April when he will be warming up the crowd before a memory walk at Adlington Hall.

The Macclesfield DJ has been out on the road for almost 14 years, hosting birthday parties, weddings and other celebrations.

Dean said: “It was a great honour to be asked early last year to help the Hospice, especially as I’ve had family and friends who’ve been treated there.

“It’s a cause close to my heart  and there’s always a lovely family atmosphere at their events. I feel as though I’m giving something back.”

Dean runs Silk Events and has a mobile bar available for events, many of which are in aid of charities while friend Sean Worth helps him at Hospice events.

It means that Dean works every Friday and Saturday night with Broken Cross Club one of his regular haunts.

Dean said: “It means a lot of unsocial hours but that’s the nature of my job and my fiancee Bethan and our two sons Archie (6) and Max(3) are very understanding.”

His company won the Silk FM Local Hero Award for Business of the Year in 2019 for their charitable work.

Light Up The Night 2020!

Light Up The Night is coming this spring with Adlington Hall its new location.

Our memory walk will be held in the grounds of the beautiful country house on Friday, April 24, starting at 7 pm.

The event has been switched from Capesthorne Hall , venue for this popular fundraiser for the last six years.

The annual celebration evening is a unique opportunity to remember lost loved ones.

Entries are now open and we hope walkers will again turn up in their droves to raise much-needed funds through sponsorship.

The walk, sponsored by Ford dealers Sidney Jackson, is over a one-kilometre course and organisers are confident the change of venue will attract even more families.

Events Manager Beth Candy said: “We wanted something different this year and I’m sure we’ll get another big turnout from our loyal supporters.

“Capesthorne Hall is a terrific setting and is still very much part of our plans for some of our other big fundraising events.

“The course at Adlington is shorter and we’ve got lots of activities planned to help make it a night to remember. Gates open at 6 pm and we’ve lots of exciting things in store to keep the family entertained.”

Participants can complete the route as often as they want with the last lap at 9 pm.

Entrants are urged to take advantage of an Early Bird offer of £16 for adults and £11 for children (aged up to 18) which is available until Friday, March 13.

Features include a Memory Tree, lanterns, a fire pit and bands entertaining the crowds, plus usual stalls and refreshments.

Beth said: “The idea of the Memory Tree is that people bring along ribbons, or a picture of a loved one being remembered.

“These can be added to our dedicated Memory Tree, along with a special written message, or left elsewhere along the route.  Walkers can also bring decorated lanterns, or collect them from us on the night.”

It is worth noting that the registration fee only covers the cost of staging the event so we ask entrants to raise sponsorship if possible. Donations will go directly towards funding patient care which costs £7,500 a day.

To register and for more details, including how to set up a Just Giving page, visit eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/events/light-up-the-night/

Light Up The Night 2019