April 2022 - East Cheshire Hospice

Shrigley golf day and ECH drink

A tasty colourful cocktail is giving a special kick to Shrigley Hall’s charity push this year.

The Shrigley Sunflower was created by Andy Gaskell, head bartender at the hotel and spa, to celebrate the venue’s support for East Cheshire Hospice.

The drink – vodka, peach snaps, pineapple and orange juice, lemonade and a touch of Blue Curacao – is named in honour of the charity’s well-known floral emblem.

Head bartender Andy Gaskell with his Shrigley Sunflower cocktail.

From left, Shrigley Hall marketing manager Tim Hudspith, Hospice corporate fundraiser Lisa Ball, hotel bartender Andy Gaskell, assistant financial controller Alistair Brown and general manager Vicky Marshman.

Shrigley Hall has chosen East Cheshire as its nominated charity of the year and wants to mark its support in style.

A golf event on Tuesday, June 21, starts at 5 am with the last tee off time at 5 pm to take advantage of the extra sunlight.

The Longest Day Golf Open is open to members and non-members.  The individual event will be played over the rolling hills at Shrigley Hall, regarded as one of the most scenic courses in Cheshire.

Food and drink is included in the £40 entry fee with on-course prizes. To enter call 01625 575626 or email golfpro@shirgleyhallhotelandspa.co.uk.

The hotel is hoping customers will also support its commitment to the charity in other ways as well.

An optional £1 charitable contribution will be made from a brochure which lists different walking routes around Pott Shrigley village and beyond. Guests use the hotel as a base to enjoy popular challenging woodland walks.

The hotel will also invite guests to round up accommodation bills with the difference donated to the Hospice.

In addition, eight staff members have volunteered to tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge in September. To sponsor them visit justgiving.com/fundraising/vicky-marshman1.

Hotel general manager Vicky Marshman said: “We’re excited to be raising funds for East Cheshire Hospice throughout the year and are hoping our customers will also play their part in supporting us in various ways.

“The magnificent facilities at Shrigley Hall Hotel and Spa attract guests from near and far and we all recognise the wonderful work done by the Hospice for its patients, their families and carers.

“We’ve a record number of golf members who’ve traditionally supported the Hospice and we’re inviting golfers, including societies, to enjoy our stunning course by playing in our Longest Day Golf Open.”

Shrigley Hall, with 155 bedrooms, opened a new spa facility with an outdoor infinity pool in 2020.

The historic hall, built nearly 200 years ago, was converted into a hotel, spa and golf resort in 1989.

All set for Born Survivor!

Getting wet and muddy is not usually Carley Macey’s idea of a fun day out.

But the daring community fundraiser is tackling a Born Survivor at Capesthorne Hall on Saturday, May 7, in aid of East Cheshire Hospice where she works.

Boyfriend Sean Taylor and fellow members at Silk Fitness Therapy are also ready to face the obstacle course, designed by Royal Marine commandos.

Sean Taylor and Carley Macey who are tackling a Born Survivor challenge.

Carley said: “I hate getting wet and dirty, it’s not me at all. I didn’t realise what I was signing up for initially and thought it might be a good laugh.

“I met Sean at the gym Christmas party in 2019 and he encouraged me to sign up. We’ve waited a long time to do this because the event was delayed after the pandemic hit.

“Our gym is part of the Hospice’s 500 Club and members are treating the event as a fundraising and bonding exercise with coach Mike Mason, who runs our PT sessions, also taking part.

“We’ve all agreed to stick together,  but if Sean leaves me behind I’m not sure we’ll be together after the event!” joked Carley.

The charity’s other corporate supporters, financial planners Equilibrium and recruiters Leap29, have also entered teams as part of their on-going fundraising.

The adventure involves slides, cold water obstacles, climbing nets and walls and underground tunnels.

* To donate visit justgiving.com/fundraising/carley-m, or justgiving.com/team/TeamSFT

The deadline to register to take part is 5 pm on Friday, April 29. Visit born-survivor.com/manchester-2022/

Serenity Garden Makeover 2022

A courtyard at East Cheshire Hospice is set to be transformed into a floral wonderland for patients and their families.

Garden and landscape professionals are joining forces with volunteers to create a horticultural haven called Serenity Garden.

The eco-friendly project, co-ordinated by garden designer and maker Ben Darlington, is already under way and will be well advanced within weeks.

The open patio space at the rear of the Hospice was enclosed once the new Proseal Wing was built last year.

The two in-patient wards back on to the courtyard inspiring Ben, owner of The Wild Gardener, to create a year-round retreat for patients and visitors.

Volunteer gardener Deborah Roberts with garden designer Ben Darlington (left) and landscaper Mark Marshall. 

Ben said: “I found out the average length of stay on a ward is two weeks, so felt we’ve needed a garden where there’s something going on every single week of the year.

“That gave me the idea of perpetual renewal to create a sense of optimism. An outside area for patients and somewhere families coming to see loved ones can reflect.

“Every month if you came out and looked at the garden you’ll find something coming into bud, so it’ll be like life surging through.

“Once it’s finished we’re going to do some calendars for the wards showing not just what’s out this month, but what to look for.

“It’s that optimism that even in the bleaker months of the year you can come out and see things just beginning to push through.

“The summer as a garden designer is quite easy, but in the winter months we’ve got fragrant shrubs, and shrubs and trees with red and white bark.”

The design is also part of the Hospice’s green initiative. Ben said: “Plants are by definition a renewable resource – compared to so many landscaping materials like paving from another country.

“The emphasis is on sustainability and with a deep layer of moist compost, it won’t need watering nearly as much.

“The paving uses recycled materials from the old patio, so we didn’t have to bring in any more stone.

“Much of the garden is herbaceous grasses and plants. It’ll be lovely from day one with a wow factor this summer, but will get even better and in five years will really feel mature.

“The shade does make the garden more of a challenge. The gardens are managed by a fantastic volunteer team, but not adding too much to their to-do list has been key.”

The garden before the makeover team got to work.

A big community effort is behind creating Serenity Garden in the grounds of East Cheshire Hospice.

Corporate supporters are joining volunteers from the charity’s regular gardening team and Bollington families to put 1,000 plants into the ground.

Mark Marshall’s team from Lawn Stripes and Hedges, of Macclesfield, has already undertaken preparatory landscape work, his poodle Button never far away.

Mark’s eco-friendly landscaping company has raised funds and also supports the Hospice by loaning vans for Christmas tree collections.

Landscapers Roco Fregapane (left) and Aaran Manton remove the old patio. 

He said: “It’s a local project involving design, landscaping and planting. Cheshire Demolition donated skips and Pivotal Plant Hire gave a big discount on diggers.”

Retired practice nurse Deborah Roberts has been a volunteer gardener at East Cheshire for 14 years.

She said: “We’re all excited by the whole project of learning and seeing a new garden emerge. This oasis will be lovely to see from the wards and it’s wonderful working with our designer Ben Darlington who’s so knowledgeable.

A tight fit…Rob Shem from Pivotal Plant Hire squeezes a digger into the courtyard watched by Zak and Jake.   

“He’s keen to have nature here all year round and this space is going to be fantastic. We can keep labour costs down by working alongside Ben.”

The Hospice is always looking for volunteer gardeners who meet on Wednesday mornings. For more details contact Volunteering team on volunteers@echospice.org.uk.

Ben said:  “The new garden is 120 square metres of herbaceous border, so we needed a design manageable for them.  I’ve taken a low maintenance approach, so they don’t have to worry about watering it in the summer, or staking, pruning and feeding.”


To find out more about our green initiatives including our solar panel campaign, go to www.eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/green

New Hospice@Home car

Nurses are now driving round in a second car to further help Hospice @Home patients.

The Ford Kuga was bought thanks to the generosity of the What Women Want fundraisers who also purchased the first vehicle for the service.

Hospice @Home has been an outstanding success since its launch in 2017, with the two cars enabling staff to get out and about more easily.

The latest car – also painted in the light blue Hospice colour -is a hybrid in line with the Hospice’s environmental initiative.

Both cars were supplied at discounted rates by Ford dealers Sidney Jackson and Son, long-standing supporters of the Hospice.

Healthcare assistants Rachel Barker (left) and Elaine Taylor with the new Hospice @Home car.

The charity’s green push includes a new appeal to buy solar panels. It is also reducing its carbon footprint in other ways via its garden and kitchen produce.

The five WWW girls raised £27,000 from a ball at Cranage Hall in November, a total generously match-funded by one of their close friends and benefactors.

Those donations funded the latest car and decoration of a lounge for patients and families.

Hospice @Home manager Tess Cleaver:  “We can’t thank the What Women Want group enough for yet another amazing donation.

“With two cars, both kindly funded by the group, we can reach more patients more easily and that makes a huge difference to us.

“We cover such a wide geographical area in East Cheshire and moving between homes can be quite complex, but this extra car simplifies our task. We’re extremely grateful.”

Pip’s hair-raising-experience!

Schoolgirl Philippa Wilson has just undergone a hair-raising experience – having her beautiful blond locks cut for the first time!

Even Pip’s hairdresser was anxious about using the scissors because she had never seen hair that long before.

Pip with a reminder of her long hair.   

The nine-year-old volunteered to face the chop to raise money for two charities, East Cheshire Hospice and Treetops Hospice.

Her friend’s mum Nicola Murrells was originally from Stoke-on-Trent and then lived in Prestbury. She died of cancer in 2018 and was cared for by East Cheshire Hospice.

Pip, a former pupil at King’s School, donated her hair to The Little Princess Trust as a way of helping other children.

Pip said: “I’ve never had a hair-cut and have always loved having my blonde hair super long. I’ve given my hair to The Little Princess Trust so they can make it into a long-haired wig. They’re really desperate for long hair.

Pip’s new look hairstyle.

“I want to thank all my sponsors and the money raised will go to the Hospice’s childhood bereavement services.”

“My friend’s experience made me very aware just how important this help and support is to children who’ve lost their mummy.”

Pip’s mum Deborah said: “Pip’s so proud and happy she’s had it cut and is delighted with the result. She has no regrets and couldn’t stop smiling afterwards. Pip said it feels so light and swishy.

“Pip’s always been sensitive about her hair and that was her super power. It was quite a thing for her to have 27 inches of hair cut off, but she took it all in her stride.

“The hairdresser was more nervous than Pip. She said she’d never seen natural hair that long, never mind cut it all off.”

Hairdresser Ruby Beeston, who owns Ruby Ysabelle Hair based at Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Cafe, performed the hour-long cut for free.

Ruby and her fiancé even donated £200, helping the fundraising top its £2,222 target.

Pip and classmates at her new school Denstone Prep undertook various challenges in aid of both hospices knowing they support families and children across Cheshire and Staffordshire.

From left, Elizabeth, Beatrix and Pip Wilson.

Meanwhile, Pip’s elder sister Elizabeth (10) is now contemplating having her long hair cut, while younger sister Beatrix (4) insists her hair stays away from any scissors, or even hair-clips!

* To donate visit justgiving.com/fundraising/denstoneprep

New solar panels at East Cheshire Hospice

East Cheshire Hospice has launched a fundraising campaign to buy solar panels as it faces rising cost and care challenges.

The Hospice is appealing to the public to help fund roof panels for its Millbank Drive site as part of a new environmental initiative.

A temporary logo highlighting East Cheshire Hospice’s green campaign, including an appeal for help buying solar panels.  

Each panel costs £562.50 and any surplus donations will be put towards the Hospice’s general running costs. To donate visit www.eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/solar-panel-campaign.

Solar panels will cut the charity’s energy costs, so an even greater percentage of future donations can go directly towards patients care.

The appeal comes as hospice care faces more pressures than ever before, both on an economic and health care front.

Fuel costs are rising sharply, while demand for East Cheshire’s services is also expected to increase rapidly in the next few years due to more complexity at end-of-life.

Individual Giving Fundraiser Beth England said: “Installing solar panels is part of a pro-active and long-term solution to the increasing costs and care demands faced by the Hospice, as well as helping protect our environment.

Beth England, Individual Giving Fundraiser at East Cheshire Hospice.

“Using a renewable energy source means we’ll reduce our carbon emissions, which is fast becoming a priority here at the Hospice.

“We aim to be a sustainable healthcare system that respects and protects the environment, while continuing to improve the quality of life and care for those in our community with life-limiting illnesses.

“The Hospice has been protecting our community for over 34 years. The past and present support from our community has ensured our culture of continuous improvement.

“By making a donation today, you’ll be protecting the future of our care and helping us extend our reach as far as we can, and should.”

The number of people dying in the UK with multiple and complex conditions is projected to increase by 42 per cent by 2040.

Beth added:  “As anyone who’s received support from the Hospice will know, the wrap-around holistic care we provide is only possible because our nurses have the time and resources to make every moment count.

“Solar panels are low maintenance and this sustainable energy source will enable us to accommodate and plan for the growing complexities of end-of-life care, allowing us to continue giving those in our community the dignity, respect and compassion they deserve.”

A Hospice letter to supporters also highlights current eco-friendly practices in its kitchen, shops and garden which is undergoing an environmental makeover, using plants requiring less water.