April 2023 - East Cheshire Hospice

Newest nursing member, Carley Forrester

The newest registered nurse on the ward at East Cheshire Hospice is a familiar face.

Carly Forrester is celebrating passing her exams after almost eight years with the Hospice.

She started off as a health care assistant before becoming an assistant practitioner and then taking an 18-month nursing course.

Carly has worked in the care sector for 16 years, experiencing various medical settings.

The hospice world is her favourite and especially East Cheshire Hospice which has supported her career ambitions.

Carly said: “It’s a privilege to work somewhere so close to my heart. I always wanted to work in palliative care and developed my skills so I can use them where I want to be.

Carly Forrester who has passed her nursing exams.

“I’ve wanted to be a nurse since I was about 12 and knew about the Hospice from my previous work in care.

“They were extremely supportive during my training and I’d like to thank our Learning and Development Adviser Anna Redfern, in particular, for sorting out my placements and helping me when needed.”

Carly spent time in hospital operating theatres and mental health units as part of course placements from Staffordshire University.

“Working elsewhere has confirmed just how good the Hospice is. I’m not being biased, but the care here is second to none.

“I don’t see the team work and support given here to the same extent anywhere else. The Hospice is like a big family, whereas there isn’t that same vibe between professionals elsewhere.”

Carly enjoys making candles and now her studies are over hopes to find more time for her hobby.

She has no hesitation recommending a nursing career.

Nurse Carly Forrester who has been with East Cheshire Hospice for nearly eight years.   

“I’d say do it and don’t be put off by any negative comments. If you find an area you want to be in like me with the Hospice you won’t regret it. You’ll love it and hopefully excel.

“My main goal is ensuring patients are safe and happy. To facilitate a good death and be there with them in their final days.

“That means providing comfort and re-assurance for patients, their families and friends and enabling them to spend time with loved ones at such a difficult time.

“I enjoy working in palliative and end-of-life care, whereas some nurses might want to make people better.

“My message is do what you want. Nursing opens up so many doors and you get plenty of support from your employers and university.”

What Women Want Bingo hit the jackpot

Disco fever swept Tytherington High School as a bingo night hit the jackpot for East Cheshire Hospice.

Organisers What Women Want raised a record £13,500 from the sell-out event which attracted more than 300 party goers.

It took the total raised by the five voluntary fundraisers to £393,000 since the group was set up 13 years ago.

Disco bingo has been a big hit since the fun nights began with players quite literally entering into the spirit of the occasion. No one went thirsty with the infamous barrows of donated booze raffled off.

The WWW group – Julie Barnes, Jo Millward, Jill Harding, Elaine Burgess and Jayne Carter – are prolific fundraisers with their balls, bingo nights and fashion shows.

Sarah Dale (centre) from the Hospice with What Women Want fundraisers (from left) Jo Millward, Julie Barnes, Jayne Carter and Elaine Burgess.

They have also undertaken individual challenges to raise funds. Jill is a health care assistant at the Hospice where her mum Mary was a patient.

Jayne, the group chair, said: “Our latest bingo didn’t disappoint. It was our biggest yet and the lucky ones who got tickets dug deep to help us raise a fantastic amount.

“We’re overwhelmed at the continued generosity from our supporters. They are truly amazing. We’d also like to thank the fabulous bar staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make the night a huge success.”

Funds raised are used to buy specific items to benefit Hospice patients. The two cars used by the Hospice @Home nurses were bought thanks to donations from the WWW women.

Chess ICT take on AJ Bell Great Manchester Run for East Cheshire Hospice

A 20-strong group from Chess ICT will be on the start line for the AJ Bell Great Manchester Run on Sunday, May 21.

Each runner is aiming to raise a minimum of £100, which would mean a donation of more than £4,000 for East Cheshire Hospice.

That is because Chess ICT, a technology services provider based in Alderley Edge, have promised to match fund up to £100 for each participant.

Runners include Grace Ingham, who is Head of People Support. Her mum Julie, from Tytherington, was the company’s first employee.

A team effort … Chess ICT staff with Hospice fundraisers. 

Julie, who died of cancer 10 years ago aged 51, was cared for by the Hospice.

Ever since Chess ICT has been a regular supporter of the Hospice, one of a dozen charities it supports.

The company will jointly sponsor t-shirts for the 10k run with Arighi Bianchi who have also entered a team.

Chess ICT CFO Mark Lightfoot and sales director Oliver Lofthouse are also taking part, along with Jessica Pollock, the chairman’s daughter.

Head of Culture Tim Wilkinson-Hall said: “We support the Hospice as much as possible because of how they supported Julie and her family. Julie was well known in our business and is remembered with great affection.

“We’re building up to the run by raising sponsorship. We donated Easter eggs and are holding quizzes and dress down days to raise funds and awareness.

“It’ll be a great day and now we’ve just got to make sure we’re all fit enough to get round the course.”

Rug sale is back!

Another major rug sale is under way thanks to a generous gift to East Cheshire Hospice.

The Hospice has been given 650 new rugs of all shapes and sizes which are available at its four shops.

A distribution centre in Buxton has gifted the items to the Hospice which hopes the new sale is as lucrative as the last one.

The Hospice received between £55,000 and £60,000 from the sale of 1,400 rugs which were handed over as surplus stock in early 2022.

The new batch were bought online from an American company by its UK customers.

Volunteers helping with the rug delivery. From left, Richard Raymond, Rod King, Iain Donald, Lawrence Robinson, Charlie Seddon and Pete Broughton.

However, the buyers decided for various reasons they did not want the items, so the centre in Derbyshire has chosen to donate them to the Hospice rather than go to the expense of sending them back to the USA.

Hospice Commercial Manager Louise Delany said: “We’re thrilled to have received another kind donation of rugs and want to thank the company who supplied them again.

“Carrying them around may be hard work for staff and volunteers, but it’s well worth the effort because of the huge reward they bring for the Hospice.

“Our customers flocked to our shops last time to snap up bargains and hopefully they’ll do the same with this latest delivery.

“All the proceeds from sales go directly to fund patient care, which is an important thing to remember.”

The rugs are now on sale at shops in Poynton, Handforth, Thornton Square and Chestergate, which received smaller-sized rugs due to less space.

Macclesfield company DoorCo are storing some rugs until the shops need fresh supplies.

Louise said: “The rugs have accumulated at the distribution centre over a period of time. They’re brand new, but customers didn’t want them because they may have been the wrong colour, shape or size.

“Rather than roll them back up and ship them back to the States the centre offered them to us.

“Hopefully, it’ll provide another huge boost to our retail income if people buy them like they did last time.

“Our shops are thriving at the moment and we’re so grateful to those who donate items and also buy them.

“We’re always on the lookout for recycled furniture which is so popular in our stores.”

* To donate furniture call co-ordinator Toni Walsh on 07917 942273 or email furniture@echospice.org.uk.

Progress Towards Carbon Neutrality Award

East Cheshire Hospice has been recognised for its excellent work towards its net zero target.

The Hospice won the Progress Towards Carbon Neutrality prize at the East Cheshire Chamber of Commerce Awards.

Judges were impressed by the management’s strategy to reduce costs, freeing up funds for the care of patients and their families.

The panel were also struck by the ‘passion and buy-in from the Hospice teams and that community to deliver truly exceptional progress in reducing its carbon footprint.’

The Hospice has placed great emphasis on caring for the environment as well as patients.

A sustainability group representing staff, volunteers and trustees co-ordinates an eco plan.

It is embedding energy saving into daily practice to ensure fundraising revenue goes to patient care rather than meeting higher utility bills.

The Hospice sustainability group with the award. From left, Claire Duncan, Beth England, Louise Delany, Michelle Walker-Brown, Lisa Ball and Rachel Allcock.

Corporate Fundraiser Lisa Ball said: “We’re incredibly proud of this award and the work leading to it. However, this is only the start of our sustainability journey and we continue our efforts to make our Hospice as eco-friendly as possible.”

The Hospice received the Partnership Cup as their prize at the event. The symbolic oak flask is awarded each year for progress towards carbon neutrality.

The Hospice has led the way among north west hospices striving for more sustainability and shares its wide-ranging initiatives with other facilities.

These include efficiencies on electricity, recycling, solar panels, food and cleaning products.

Hold a Coronation Big Lunch

Join the Coronation Big Lunch and help crown the new King in style with East Cheshire Hospice.

The Fundraising Team are giving away free fundraising packs for a weekend of national celebration from May 6-8.

Everyone is invited, whether it’s sharing a cuppa with a neighbour on the doorstep, or a bigger bash in the street.

The lunch box packs have balloons, bunting and Union Jacks to help parties go with a swing.

Getting into the coronation celebrations … Hospice fundraiser Bethan Wade and Becky Sidwell from the marketing team.

The packs, including collection cubes, are available from the Hospice. Either call in or telephone 01625 433477 or visit the website www.eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/biglunch

The Big Lunch is a nationwide act of celebration marking the historic coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

The aim is to bring families, friends, neighbours and communities together to share friendship, food and fun.

Thousands of events are planned across the country and the Hospice has produced its own packs so supporters can share the excitement and at the same time hopefully raise money for the charity.

Community fundraiser Claire Gorton said: “We’re encouraging people to get together to celebrate the coronation and fundraise for a local cause at the same time.

“Supporters will be organising lots of fun events and these packs will add colour as they enter into the spirit of the occasion.

“Big Lunch means anything – sandwiches, tea, cake and a chat, or whatever people want. You decide.

“But it’s not far off, so we encourage people to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, the Hospice’s Starlight Walk at Capesthorne Hall is fast approaching on Thursday, April 27, at 6 pm. The walk starts at 7 pm.

It is four years since Capesthorne last staged the walk in memory of loved ones. The event was at Adlington Hall last year after a Covid break.

Entry is £20 and £15 via the website. The dusk-time woodland walk, sponsored by Ford dealers Sidney Jackson, is over a 2.5km loop featuring atmospheric lighting and fire pits.

Walkers can complete the course multiple times. The last set off time is 8.30 pm, with the event closing at 10 pm. Tickets are available at www.eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/events/starlight-walk.

New security cameras fitted at Chestergate shop

A security company has stepped forward to foil thieves who stole from East Cheshire Hospice.

The firm has installed a three-camera system at the charity’s shop on Chestergate which opened almost a year ago.

The company has asked to remain anonymous.

Volunteers Judith Bayley (left) and Joan Nadin at the Chestergate shop which has had security cameras fitted.

They immediately answered an appeal for help from the Hospice which became frustrated by sneak thieves who pinched goods during shop opening hours.

Designer menswear, cameras, perfume and candles were among items taken.

The Hospice now has CCTV installed thanks to the kind-hearted company who acted swiftly once they heard about the charity’s plight.

Hospice commercial manager Louise Delany said: “It was extremely generous of the company to come forward to offer this help.

“We now have a sophisticated camera security system in place which includes an intruder alarm and that should deter would-be thieves who will be caught on camera.

“The company insisted they didn’t want any recognition for their work. The owner just said ‘I think this is the right thing to do. I just want to help.’

“That’s unbelievably generous. They couldn’t do enough for us. The survey of the shop and installation was all done in the space of four or five days.

“I just don’t understand how people can steal items which our donors have so generously given to us. It baffles me to be honest.

“Thankfully, this story has a happy ending, showing the kinder side of human nature.”

Hospice Chaplain holds a new initiative

Death Cafe is the headline-grabbing name of the newest initiative run by East Cheshire Hospice.

The first meeting will be held at the Hope Centre at Park Green on Saturday, April 22 (5.30 pm -7 pm).

All are welcome to attend to chat about death and dying while having a cup of tea and a piece of cake.

The facilitator at the free event will be Hospice chaplain Marion Tugwood and a representative from the Cheshire End of Life Partnership.

Marion said: “There’s no agenda and we’re not trying to force any particular belief on anyone, or sell any products or services.

“This casual, relaxed forum allows us to talk freely and confidentially about a subject many people probably haven’t really thought about.

“It’s not a counselling, or support group. Death and dying is often a taboo subject, but the aim is to make it a topic of conversation it’s okay to have.”

Death Cafes have been running globally since 2011 and have increased in popularity since the pandemic.


Marion Tugwood, chaplain at East Cheshire Hospice.

Marion said: “Each session is run slightly differently, but they share a similar ethos which is to create a space for people to discuss death in a safe and supportive environment.

“It’s the first time the Hospice has signed up to this concept. The aim is to normalise discussion around death, so if a friend or family member has an end-of-life diagnosis you’re not afraid to talk to them about it in a sensitive way.

“At the moment, people often express their sadness and then stay away. Half a century ago no one talked about sex, whereas now it’s hard to get away from the subject. We’d like to see the same change around the topic of death. We’re encouraging people to just turn up and let’s see where the conversation goes.”

Marion joined the Hospice at the end of last year and has been overwhelmed by the welcome she has received.

She said: “It’s the best job ever. It’s fantastic and I’ve learned so much about the Hospice and met some wonderful people. It’s been a privilege to be alongside patients and their families at the end-of-life.”

Marion has also introduced Sunday at Six, a short act of Christian worship with prayers, music, readings and reflection in the Chapel. The gatherings are held every Sunday.

She was a founder of the Street Angels project which sees volunteers provide late-night help in the town centre on Saturdays.