July 2024 - East Cheshire Hospice

Coming back to East Cheshire Hospice was like coming home

Coming back to East Cheshire Hospice was like coming home … a quote from mum Georgia Leah reflecting on her husband Leon’s final journey.

It is 16 months since Leon, a drayman at Wincle Brewery, died from pancreatic cancer, aged 53.

His pain was so bad he was readmitted to the Hospice within 48 hours of going home following a three-week inpatient stay.

Wife Georgia is courageously sharing the couple’s story to raise awareness of how much the Hospice cares for patients like her late husband.

Ruby Leah takes on a nursing role to help her dad.

Georgia features in an emotional video produced by the Hospice and shared with supporters.

The little star of the film is three-year-old daughter Ruby who fell in love with the nurses, even helping them care for her doting dad.

Georgia said: “Leon was an amazing dad. He was so hands-on and loved spending time with Ruby.

Georgia, Ruby and Leon.  

“He started to feel pain six months after she was born and it reached the stage where he couldn’t even play with her or read her a story.

“A Macmillan nurse suggested pain management at the Hospice and he was reluctant to go in at first.

“Then he agreed to give it a try. He had his own room and Ruby loved it. That settled Leon and he felt better.

“We spent quality time together. Having a conversation and watching him read her a story and smile was everything.

“When he came out, the Hospice gave us an out of hours number and his pain suddenly got so bad that I had to ring it.

“Coming back to the Hospice was like coming home. When the ambulance took him back, I just knew they’d look after him.

“They also looked after me and were the first to give me a hug, tell me what was happening and help me make some pretty hard decisions in the few hours we’d got left.

“The nursing staff understood and knew what to say. We were also offered bereavement counselling which I found helpful.

“Ruby wanted to be a nurse, carrying medicine and hot water bottles for her dad. I bought her a nurse’s outfit from a charity shop and she carried round a doctor’s toy set. She felt she was helping and looking after Leon.

“The staff became a massive part of Ruby’s life and she’s often been back to say Hi to them.”

* To watch the video visit eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/campaign/georgias-story/

Georgia Leah is on a mission to raise funds for East Cheshire Hospice

Georgia Leah is on a mission to raise funds for East Cheshire Hospice, inspired by her husband’s story and the cost of caring for patients.

Family and friends have helped the Macclesfield mum raise around £10,000 so far.

A Snowdon climb and sky dive have already been completed since Leon died in the Hospice in March 2023.

Georgia and daughter Ruby have also taken part in the Starlight Walk twice to honour his memory.

A family fundraiser … Ruby, mum Georgia with Hannah Middlebrook and Freya Eeles at the Starlight Walk in April.

Georgia said: “We want to give back in any way we can. It’s our way of saying thank you to the Hospice for looking after Ruby’s dad.

“She asks to see the nurses every week and we go in as often as we can.”

The Hospice are highlighting the Leah family story as part of an appeal to raise the £9,362 needed every day to keep its services running. Only 21 per cent of funding comes from government.

Georgia and Ruby Leah.   

The Hospice say…

£13 could go towards a week’s worth of tea and coffee for families, helping them feel at home in the Hospice.

£38 could go towards specialist medical training to effectively manage patients’ pain, enabling people like Leon to feel more like themselves at a time when every moment matters.

£740 could pay for one night’s stay on our ward, giving families like Georgia’s dignity and space to make special memories.

* Visit the Hospice website to donate.

Alfred’s Bar and Dine Quiz Nights

Regulars at Alfred’s Bar and Dine are becoming film and television quiz buffs.

Monthly quizzes at the town centre venue have raised more than £1,500 so far for East Cheshire Hospice.

Cult American television sitcom Friends was the theme for the latest quiz as customers tested their knowledge on six young adults living in Manhattan.

Disney films, Harry Potter and Gavin and Stacey have been other themes at the fun nights.

Alfred’s deputy manager Craig Trodden.

The quiz master is Liv Poole, who owns the Quizzly Bears, and there are prizes for the winners.

The next quiz is on Tuesday, August 6, with music, film and television from the 2000s decade as the theme.

To reserve a place call 01625 420010 or message on social media. Entry is £2 per person or £10 for a table of up to six.

General manager Louise Anderson said: “A lot of our customers have a connection with the Hospice through family or friends, so we’re delighted to help out in this way.

“The Hospice is a great local charity which is why we’re doing what we can to support it. The quizzes have been really popular and we’d like to thank everyone for their support.”

Follow Alfreds, located at Park Green, on their socials to keep up to date with future quizzes.

Golfer Liz Stott takes on incredible golf challenge

Golfer Liz Stott is the latest member of her family to undertake a tough sporting challenge.

Husband Chris has sailed across the Atlantic, while sons Andrew and James have also pushed themselves to the limit with their own tests of endurance.

Chris with sons James (left) and Andrew on their Atlantic adventure.

Not to be outdone, Liz played 72 holes of golf on the longest day to raise funds for East Cheshire Hospice.

Liz teed off at 6 am on Friday June 21 and sank her final putt 13 hours later.

Friend Celia Stanley, who works in the lottery team at the Hospice, played the last of four rounds with Liz who walked the course.

Other members of The Tytherington Club who either caddied or played alongside Liz were Jill Hone, Jane Ambler, Beth Attwell, Sue Hunter, Fiona Weems, Kath Lees, Anne Dutoy and Marg Jordan.

The transatlantic crew with Chris Stott (second from left) and Bryan Hammond (far right).

Liz donated £5 to the charity for every lost golf ball meaning an additional £30. The Tytherington club team gave £200, one of many donations.

Sporting activity runs in her family. On the longest day three years ago, son Andrew cycled from his home in Southampton to Macclesfield, while younger brother James completed his first ironman in Barcelona last year.

Meanwhile, Chris is almost home after sailing with their two sons from Bermuda, where Andrew lives, to the Azores.

Liz on the 18th green at The Tytherington Club.

Chris is bringing home the boat on which he and five others, including Bryan Hammond, from Macclesfield, sailed from Gran Canaria to St Lucia – the shortest transatlantic westward crossing – last November.

Liz, from Prestbury, said: “I come from a family who aren’t afraid to take on a challenge, though mine wasn’t quite as adventurous as theirs.

“I suppose I wanted to do my own challenge and raise some money while doing it. The Hospice is very special in our community.  I won’t be the only one who’s had friends and family who’ve been cared for there, so it was an easy decision to raise the money for the Hospice.”

Liz Stott with her supporters. 

“I want to thank The Tytherington Club for their support, including the loan of buggies, my friends for keeping me going and everyone who donated.

“It was a memorable day, even though it was exhausting.”

Liz with Fiona Weems (left) and Beth Attwell.

Ian Shoreman, Tytherington’s club director, said: “We’re all extremely proud of what Liz has done. Playing 72 holes on a difficult course is a long walk, requiring lots of effort for a great cause.”

* To donate visit www.justgiving.com/page/liz-stott-72holes