A memorable year comes to an end for supporters of East Cheshire Hospice.
All kinds of activities and acts of kindness raised funds for the charity with plenty to look forward to in 2024.
Entries are already open for the next Starlight Walk at Capesthorne Hall on Thursday, April 18.
The Starlight Walk is back at Capesthorne Hall in April.
More than 400 walkers took part last April – the biggest turnout for a Hospice event since before Covid.
A Memory Tree was unveiled in the Hospice gardens.
Leaves are dedicated to the memory of someone special, even if they have no link to the Hospice.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by families who have joined the scheme.
AstraZeneca employee representative Katie Morelli cuts the ribbon to open the Memory Tree watched by colleague Guy Camm (left), Hospice Chief Executive Karyn Johnston and Chair of the Trustee Board Will Spinks.
Representatives from AstraZeneca, whose employees gifted the new memorial, attended the unveiling.
Macclesfield dad Carl Lamptey received deserved accolades for his prolific fundraising for various causes.
Caring Carl won Cheshire’s Silk 106.9 Pride of Cheshire prize at the Local Hero 2023 Awards, days after receiving a civic award from Macclesfield mayor Cllr Fiona Wilson.
Carl Lamptey with his Silk 106.9 award.
His Team Rainbow has raised more than £70,000 for the Hospice where wife Sarah died of breast cancer in 2014, aged 36.
The next foreign trip for Hospice supporters is a trek to Iceland in November.
On the plane will be Louise Troyano whose late husband Luis, a Hospice patient in 2020, starred in The Great British Bake Off.
The graphic designer was runner-up in the hit BBC show.
Luis Troyano on The Great British Bake Off.
Louise said: “Luis left me a note and one of the things he told me was to travel. We went on lots of holidays and Iceland is on my bucket list.
“When the Hospice trip popped up, I thought it’s ticking that box and helping the Hospice.”
Rick Pulvertaft swam the Channel raising more than £6,700, though he nearly did not make it.
Rick Pulvertaft ready for his Channel swim.
Bad weather twice left him stranded on shore before he got the go ahead and completed the 21-mile crossing in just under 13 hours.
Rick, from Macclesfield, said: “It was a roller-coaster ride emotionally as I was at the mercy of the weather. I felt so lucky to swim the Channel and was almost in a trance.”
Nursery owner Monika Pollard climbed to Everest base camp in memory of her mother-in-law Theresa Connolly.
Monika Pollard climbing Everest.
It was tough going, though, as she suffered altitude sickness.
Monika said: “The hike was much harder than anticipated. I’m physically fit, but I struggled breathing as the air was so thin.”