March 2022 - East Cheshire Hospice

Memory Miles Review 2022

Scores of families basked in spring sunshine at a poignant Memory Miles walk.

The East Cheshire Hospice event took place in the spectacular surroundings of Adlington Hall.

Walkers went on a one-kilometre woodland loop, admiring stunning scenery along the way.

Walkers set off at the start of Memory Miles.

For many it was an emotional journey remembering lost loved ones.

Margaret Jennings was joined by daughter Sarah-Jane Mason and sister Shirley Plant to honour the memory of Margaret’s husband Phil.

Phil, a joiner, died from pancreatic cancer a year ago, aged 73, in the comfort of his own home in Gawsworth thanks to the charity’s Hospice @Home service.

Sarah-Jane said: “Dad was a wonderful man and it was his wish that he died at home. The Hospice were amazing with their care and nothing was too much trouble.

“They came out in the middle of the night, working with other health care agencies like Macmillan.

“We can’t praise the Hospice enough for what they did for our family. Dad loved woodturning and enjoyed making three-legged stools.”

From left, Sarah-Jane Mason with mum Margaret Jennings and her sister Shirley Plant.

During a pre-walk address, health care assistant Pam Webster spoke about the Hospice’s role helping families, while Chief Executive Karyn Johnston led a minute’s silence in memory of those no longer here.

Denis and Sheila Lee, from Macclesfield, were there to remember their parents Ping and Peter and Jack and Ella.

Daughter Kirsten Froehlich and sons George (8) and Harry (13) took along four-year-old pet dog Cookie.

From left, Kirsten Froehlich, Denis Lee, George and Harry Froehlich and Sheila Lee with pet dog Cookie.

Sheila started work as a day care centre sister at the Hospice soon after it opened in 1988 and spent around 14 years working there.

Friends Peter Jones and Anita Simcock were joined by one-time rescue toy poodles Jack (20) and his son Bob (18). Anita retired from working in A and E at Macclesfield District General Hospital in January.

 Peter Jones and Anita Simcock with toy poodles Jack and Bob.

The pair were among supporters from Macclesfield Cancer Help Centre who meet at Prestbury Methodist Church every Tuesday (10 am -2 pm).

The event, sponsored by Ford dealers Sidney Jackson and Son, saw performances from music students from Fallibroome Academy and a rock choir.

Cancer centre supporters (from left) Hassan Pillai, Anne and David Hall with dog Ben, Di and Roy Waller and Sandra and George Robinson.

Events Manager Beth Candy said: “It was great to be back holding a fundraising event again after such a long time.

“We want to say a massive thank you to Adlington Hall for providing such an amazing location, our loyal supporters, sponsors and volunteers. We couldn’t do it without them all.”

Canoe Brothers update

Two brothers attempting to canoe across the country are hoping to learn from celebrity Jordan North after his similar adventure.

The BBC Radio 1 DJ rowed 100 miles from London to his home town Burnley, via an elaborate network of canals, in aid of Comic Relief.

Tom and George Bentham, from Macclesfield, will instead paddle a canoe and travel from west to east for their nine-day voyage covering 184 miles.

George Bentham (front) and brother Tom training for their epic canoe trip. 

The pair are aiming to raise £15,000 for East Cheshire Hospice and Macmillan which cared for their late father Mark.

The Benthams have begun training for their Canoe Against Cancer trip in September after buying a second-hand vessel for £850.

Work and family commitments have so far limited the amount of time the pair have spent together in the canoe.

So, too, the fact George lives in Halifax, although the pair undertook a 10-mile trial along the Macclesfield Canal.

Tom Bentham (front) and George getting in paddling practice.   

Tom said: “The stormy weather didn’t help, but we’ve done a lot of training separately in the gym and we’ve a lot of time to build up our fitness.

“The first time we got in a canoe we had a day of coaching from an instructor in Wales who went through all the techniques with us.

“That highlighted that it’s a technical challenge, as well as physical, because going in a straight line is easier said than done.

“It’s not what either of us expected and once when we tried to manoeuvre sideways we made a mistake of leaning over too much and almost capsized.

“Having said that, the canoe is quite stable. The crucial thing for a two-man crew is to be synchronised.

“We’ve seen Jordan North’s rowing trip for Comic Relief and hopefully we’ll get a few tips from him and can liaise over the challenges of travelling under your own power through the canal network.”

Tom and George are looking for sponsors and are also holding a raffle as part of their fundraising.

Dad Mark, a chef and sailor, died of cancer in September 2019, aged 58. The Hospice needs £7,500 a day to keep its doors open, hence their target.

Their coast-to-coast journey begins at Glasson Dock, near Lancaster, and goes to Merseyside before Manchester, Huddersfield, Wakefield and the Humber.

Canals, commercial waterways, small rivers, tidal rivers and seaways all feature in the complex route.

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Memory Miles Reminder

East Cheshire Hospice are encouraging the public to turn up at Adlington Hall on Friday (March 25) to join its Memory Miles walk.

Online registrations via the Hospice’s website close today (Wed, March 23), but those wishing to turn up on the night are welcome to do so.

Gates open at 4 pm and the walk starts at 4.30 pm, though late comers can start at any time. The walk ends around 9 pm, with the event closing at 10 pm.

The East Cheshire Hospice memory walk is back on Friday. 

The event involves a one-kilometre woodland walk, though entrants can choose how many circuits they complete.

The imposing Hall, set in the estate’s picturesque grounds, provides a scenic backdrop for the fundraiser with entertainment for participants.

A 50-strong local rock choir will be performing, along with music students from Fallibroome Academy.

The walk, illuminated with atmospheric lighting, will have fire pits on the route and there will a special area for walkers to post personal notes remembering lost loved ones.

Events Manager Beth Candy said: “The event honours the memory of loved ones, though everyone is welcome to join us.

“Incredibly, it’s three years since we held a memory walk and we’re so looking forward to meeting up again with our supporters who we’ve missed badly during that time.

“Adlington Hall is set in beautiful surroundings and it’s worth going along just to enjoy a walk in such beautiful surroundings and at the same time raise funds for the Hospice.”

Pool challenge for East Cheshire Hospice

Friendly banter between pub regulars ended in a challenge match at pool with East Cheshire Hospice emerging the overall winners.

Decorator Tim Lyne and window cleaner Tim Larson were having a joke over a pint at the Brewers Arms, Macclesfield, about their abilities at the pool table.

There was only one way of finding out who had the best cueing skills so two teams were set up, each with eight players.

From left, landlord Dave Wrench and captains Tim Lyne and Tim Larson.

The team led by window cleaner Tim came out on top, with pub landlord Dave Wrench acting as referee.

Regulars sponsored the teams and donated raffle prizes, resulting in a £659 donation to the Hospice. The pub was already a supporter of the charity through its weekly prize draw.

Regulars Hannah Hewitt and Tim Lyne.

Regular Hannah Hewitt, nee Friel, whose husband Simon is a barman at the pub, said: “The two Tims were having a joke with a bit of winding up going on.

“It was Tim Larson’s idea to raise money for charity from the challenge. Everyone was up for doing it, especially as a lot of people at the pub have had family and friends treated by the Hospice over the years.

“The game should have taken place a couple of years ago, but because of Covid was delayed for a long time.”



Art Fair returns for 2022

Art Fair Cheshire returns soon, encouraging emerging artists and paying tribute to the rich textile heritage of Macclesfield and beyond.

Familiar artistic favourites will also be showcasing their work at the biennial event which runs from Thursday, May 26, until Sunday, June 5, in the grand surroundings of Macclesfield Town Hall.

Browsing exhibits at the 2019 Art Fair Cheshire.

As ever, exhibiting artists will kindly donate 40 per cent of their profits to East Cheshire Hospice with proceeds dedicated to its art therapy unit.

More than 80 artists will exhibit work in three galleries every day between 10.30 am and 5 pm.

Browsing exhibits at the 2019 Art Fair Cheshire.

Art Fair Co-Chair Georgie Johnson said: “For the first time there’ll be a gallery of Emerging Contemporary Artists who’ve been specially selected to take part in the event.

“By giving a platform to emerging artists, the event hopes to ignite curiosity, spark conversation and introduce unique investment opportunities for both first-time buyers and the more experienced collectors who come along.

“Art Fair Cheshire felt that this was the year to introduce a dedicated gallery space of emerging artists in order to play a part in nurturing the amazing artistic talent that Cheshire and the surrounding area has to offer.”

The three galleries are –

  • Assembly, featuring original art and sculptures from more than 40 artists.
  • Capesthorne, with jewellery, photography, glassware, ceramics, millinery, willow weaving, plus paintings and prints.
  • Emerging Gallery, featuring 11 new and emerging artists. From textiles and mixed media to ceramics and photography, it presents new and stimulating work from upcoming talent.

Emerging Artist Curator Amy Stevenson said: “The new exhibition will be held in the ground floor Silk Room and will pay homage to the rich textile heritage of Macclesfield and the surrounding Cheshire district.

The last Art Fair Cheshire took place in 2019.

“It’ll explore the work of 11 artists whose practice is rooted in textiles, or connects to the subject of textiles through themes and processes such as pattern, layering, collage, etching and impasto.

“It’ll showcase an outstanding group of emerging artists from the North West and include a wide range of contemporary practices visitors may not have come across before.

“Our two other galleries will feature artists both familiar and new and we’re sure there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy and buy.”

Art Fair Cheshire is brought to you in partnership with Little Greene Paint and Paper and AstraZeneca. For information visit

Volunteers serve teas again this summer

Volunteers from East Cheshire Hospice will again be serving up tea and delicious home-made cakes at Adlington Hall this summer.

All proceeds will go to East Cheshire Hospice which has again accepted an invitation from the Hall to use its traditional tea room in the main building for a fundraising initiative.

The volunteers will be there every Sunday between 2 pm and 5 pm from June 5 until August 28 (apart from July 24).

The tea and cakes were so popular last August that the initiative has been extended this year.

Guests do not need to book teas and, if they wish, can also pay to walk through the hall and picturesque gardens at one of England’s finest country homes.

Hospice Community Fundraiser Carley Macey said: “We want to thank Adlington Hall for inviting us to use their tea room which allows us to raise vital funds and spread awareness about our services.

“We hope everyone who attends enjoys the amazing home-made cakes, lovingly prepared by our volunteers.  By going along, it’s a great way to support your local hospice.”

Adlington Hall is available all year for pre-booked group tours of 20 people minimum. For details visit

Highlights include The Great Hall which houses The Great Organ, arguably one of the country’s most important 17th century musical instruments.

Adlington Hall venue for Memory Miles

Camilla Legh is hoping the spring bulbs will be in full bloom to welcome the crowds at Adlington Hall.

Carpets of flowers would provide a colourful display and backdrop for Memory Miles on Friday, March 25.

Camilla is opening up the grounds to East Cheshire Hospice for its memory walk that evening.

Camilla Legh at her ancestral home Adlington Hall.

Gates open at 4 pm and the walk starts at 4.30 pm, though late comers can start at any time. The walk ends around 9 pm, with the event closing at 10 pm.

Adlington Hall, within a picturesque 2,000-acre estate, has been the ancestral home of the Legh family for more than seven centuries.

A one-kilometre route through woodland known as The Wilderness will allow walkers to enjoy wonderful scenery and raise money from sponsorship.

Camilla, a Hospice Vice President, is taking part along with husband Peter and their rescue greyhound Pepper will be joining them.

Camilla said: “The Hospice is an essential part of the community and I’d encourage as many people as possible to come along to enjoy the walk and support the charity.

“Hopefully, it’s a sunny evening and the spring bulbs, which are weather dependent, will be here by then.

“It’s a lovely woodland walk with lots of little features and is ideal for families and dogs.

“I’m delighted we’re hosting the event this year and hope it’s a big fundraiser for the Hospice. Anyone can sign up for the walk and you don’t necessarily need a connection to the charity.”

Camilla has spent several years volunteering at the Hospice once a month to help with flower arranging.

Camilla said: “We put flowers which have been donated in patient rooms, on the ward and on reception.

“It can be a traumatic time for patients and families and the flowers are only a small gesture but they bring cheer and often give relatives something to talk about. We talk to the patients if they’re able and we really enjoy helping.

“The Hospice is amazing place and quite unique. It always feels happy and serene and a calm environment.”

Adult entry to Memory Miles is £20; children under 16 are £15. Visit the Hospice website to enter. Participants receive a Memory Miles T-shirt, wristband and key ring.

Martin Foster runs 100 miles in 4 days

A brief stop in Macclesfield was part of Martin Foster’s epic journey between 10 north west hospices.

The dad-of-two ran 100 miles over four days to highlight the terrific work undertaken by hospices, including East Cheshire.

There,  Martin was greeted by nurses and other well wishers on the third day of his fundraising challenge.

Picture of Martin Foster at East Cheshire Hospice.

It was his toughest day, preceded by an 18-mile run from Willow Wood, Tameside, and followed by a 10-mile leg to St Ann’s Hospice in Heald Green.

Martin, programme lead for Greater Manchester hospices, said: “My aim was to raise the profile of the hospice sector and their wonderful work.

“People think hospices are really sad places, only existing to support those needing care at the very end of their life. Obviously, there are very sad times and end-of-life care is such an important part of what hospices offer, but so much more goes on too.

“Patients are cared for right through their journey with a range of services local people simply wouldn’t have access to if hospices didn’t exist.

“They rely heavily on their communities fundraising and, having worked so closely with them, I just had to put my trainers on and do my bit to support them.”

East Cheshire Hospice is the second lowest funded in the country, receiving 17 per cent of the income it needs to keep going from government. It costs £7,500 a day to provide palliative care for patients, their family and carers.

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