A Year in Review


East Cheshire Hospice celebrated its 30th birthday in memorable style during 2018.

The much-loved charity turned its special anniversary year into an opportunity to raise even more funds to care for patients, their families and carers.

A Wild West adventure was a highlight as 12 daring trekkers undertook a three-day  journey across the Grand Canyon, negotiating cliffs and steep canyon paths in hot weather. 

It was one of countless fundraising initiatives which included a London-to-Paris bike ride, Starlight Walk, Bubble Rush and Tough Woofer for canine friends.

A Firewalk, fashion shows, winter balls and quiz nights added to mix of entertainment, while an 80s night at Gawsworth Hall in August stepped back in time to 1988 when the Hospice treated its first patient.

The region was painted yellow for a Sunflower Spectacular, with colourful displays of ceramic sunflowers in local towns and villages.

Karyn Johnston, who replaced Mike Pyrah as Hospice Director during the year, said: "Our aim was to recognise and thank those people who've supported us over the years and to celebrate the excellent care we provide.

"It's also been an opportunity to think about the future and the services we want to offer for our community. I'd like to thank everyone who has supported us in so many different ways and continue to raise funds and volunteer for us.

"The simple truth is we wouldn't be here without you."