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Society launches campaign to raise £60,000 for local charities

Leek United Building Society has launched a campaign to raise £60,000 for three local charities whose funding has been hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

 

The Society is asking for donations from its staff and members of the public and will match every pound donated up to a maximum donation from the Society of £30,000.

 

All funds raised will be split equally between Home-Start Staffordshire Moorlands, Treetops Hospice, Care Derbyshire and East Cheshire Hospice, Cheshire.

 

 

Like many charities across the UK, the Hospice’s fundraising activities have been affected by the recently introduced lockdown and social distancing measures put in place to help keep everyone safe.

 

Andrew Healy, Leek United Building Society’s chief executive, said: “As a mutual organisation, one of our core values is to give back to the communities we serve, especially during difficult times.

 

“These charities do an amazing job but they face a challenge at the present time because many of the fundraising events they rely on for income have been cancelled. We want to help and we hope members of the public will support our fundraising campaign so that these charities can continue to provide vital services.”

 

Kate Bowmar, Corporate Fundraiser at East Cheshire Hospice said “We are extremely grateful for the continued support of Leek United Building Society colleagues and members during these difficult financial times. Our amazing nurses are working tirelessly to ensure our In Patient Unit and Hospice @Home services remain fully operational, but due to the closure of our retail stores and cancelled fundraising events we are anticipating a significant financial loss, and have launched our Now More Than Ever Appeal to try and recover some of this lost income.”

 

Leek United has set up a special account for those wishing to donate to this campaign: Account Name: Charity Support, Leek United Building Society, Sort code: 40-05-30; Account number: 74578031; Roll or Reference number: 72644536105.

 

Donations of any amount will be greatly appreciated and can be made online using internet banking or by posting a cheque to Charity Support, Leek United Building Society, 50 St. Edward Street, ST13 5DL or to your local Leek United branch. Cheques should be made payable to Leek United Building Society – Charity Support.  Further details can be found at leekunited.co.uk.

 

For further information on East Cheshire Hospice’s Now More Than Ever appeal please visit:

www.eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/nowmorethanever

Corporate Challengers Get Ready to Compete

A gym, a pub and a builders merchants are among the first entrants for this year’s Corporate Challenge.

 

So far eight teams have signed up to raise as much money as possible for East Cheshire Hospice during May.

 

We are still looking for more groups to take part and join in the fun!

Each group receives a £100 start-up loan and all profit made by teams from that investment at the end of the month is then donated to the Hospice.

The Ivy Leaf pub has entered, with licensee manager Gavin Wolstenholme asking regulars for ideas in a competition on the pub’s Facebook page.

Gavin and wife Melanie, who have sons Luke and Jake and daughter Kathryn, only took over the pub in the autumn.

Gavin said: “We’re new to the area after moving from Wigan and our priority was to find a local charity to get involved with.

“We want to give the pub a real community feel and lot of our customers recommended the Hospice because they knew people who’d been treated there.”

Hospice Corporate Relationships Manager Kate Bowmar said: “Basically, the challenge is to take £100 and make it grow.

“It isn’t just about raising money for the Hospice. It’s also a team building opportunity and creates a community spirit.

Ivy Leaf licensee manager Gavin Wolstenholme.

“Fundraising is also great way for employees to gain new skills, develop confidence and give something back.

“Obviously, it has to be legal but it’s a chance to use your imagination and business brain and at the same time help our patients.”

Other entrants include health care communications agency Bioscript, winners in 2018 when they made a £2,000 profit.

The Corporate Challenge raised almost £9,000 last year, including £3,240 from winners McCann Health Medical.

The award for the most creative ideas went to digital publishing company Pan European Networks with a Game of Thrones dress down day as part of its fundraising.

The company has also entered this year along with Maccplas builders merchants; recruitment firm Leap29; car finance and loan company Zuto; Equilibrium Asset Management and Silk Fitness Therapy who are undertaking a Born Survivor event.

Prizes will be awarded at a gala evening in June.

* To enter go to www.eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/support/fundraise-at-work/corporate-challenge/ or call Kate on 01625 433477 or email kbowmar@echospice.org.uk

 

Sidney Jackson Ford Continue Their Support

Well known family business Sidney Jackson & Son Ltd is celebrating its centenary year by once again showing support for East Cheshire Hospice.

The car dealership is sponsoring two of our major fundraising events – the Light Up The Night memory walk and Spring Ball.

The company has operated from the same location in Butley, near Macclesfield, since it was established in 1920.

Back then it sold tractors to the local farming community before adding a coach service and garage repairs.

In 1955 it became a Ford car dealership and under Jimmy Jackson – Sidney’s son – the company went on to sell thousands of cars.

Jimmy died in 2014 and the family tradition is being maintained by his son Tim, now the company MD.

From left, Company Accountant Steve Sandiford,  Jimmy Jackson and General Manager Liam Riley pictured in 2013.

Light Up The Night will be held at Adlington Hall, a short drive from the car showroom, on Friday, April 24, from 7 pm. The company is sponsoring the event for the fourth year.

Liam Riley, General Manager at Sidney Jackson, said: “Jimmy was always a proud supporter of East Cheshire Hospice and we knew also from many of our customers the importance of the charity to our community.

“Our business shares that compassion and commitment and are delighted to support the charity again.”

Jimmy was a parish councillor in Prestbury for 35 years, working hard to preserve the village’s architecture, beauty and sense of community.

His wife Thelma was the last Mayor of the Borough of Macclesfield in 2008 and is a big Hospice supporter.

Light Up the Night has an Early Bird offer of £16 for adults and £11 for children (aged up to 18)  available until Friday, March 13.

* For more details visit eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/events/light-up-the-night/

Tickets are still available for the Spring Ball in a marquee at Alderley Edge Cricket Club on Friday, March 27.

Tickets cost £70 each, or £700 for a table of 10. This includes a welcome drink on arrival and a three course meal. The event starts at 7 pm, with carriages at 1 am. Dress code is black tie.

* Go to eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/events/springball20/ or call 01625 433477 or email events@echospice.org.uk.

Kate Bowmar, Corporate Fundraiser at the Hospice, said: “We’d like to thank Sidney Jackson for their continued support and wish them every success in their centenary year. They are very much part of the fabric of the community like the Hospice.”

Jimmy and Sidney Jackson outside their original two-car showroom. Their first cars were a Ford Popular and a Zephyr.

Review of the Year 2019

Fun and fundraising brought lots of smiles for East Cheshire Hospice supporters over the last 12 months.

Another packed colourful calendar of events meant the charity benefitted in many different ways.

Music, art, sport, fashion, travel, leisure and business were all thrown into the mix by generous donors.

Families were out in force at Light Up The Night at Capesthorne Hall, a poignant occasion which saw many walkers remember loved ones.

Community events included Splash Out! when young and old faced a series of water challenges, while dogs and owners tackled a testing obstacle course at Tough Woofer.

Taking a dip at Splash Out.

Mayor Janet Jackson in her charity shop outfit which she wore at Buckingham Palace.

Mayor of Macclesfield Coun Janet Jackson is a regular customer at the Hospice charity shop at Thornton Square where she picked up a bargain for a Royal appointment.

When she received the MBE from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, she wore a dress and matching jacket she had bought from there for £25. Her hat cost £10.

Nick Robinson gives his speech at the Hospice’s Business Briefing

BBC journalist Nick Robinson gave a keynote speech at the Hospice’s annual Business Briefing at Alderley Park. Nick’s late father Robbie was cared for by the Hospice.

Round-the-world sailor Heather Broadbent.

Hospice supporter Heather Broadbent starts 2020 sailing off the coast of Australia.

She is aboard GoToBermuda competing in the Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race.

Heather is going from Freemantle to the Whitsunday Islands on the latest leg of her 11-month voyage.

She is raising £40,000 for the Hospice where her late husband Adam  was a patient.  To donate go to dreamitnowdoit.com

Heather said: “I’m loving every minute and wouldn’t change it for the world. At sea I’m making memories and friends for life.”

Mother and daughter Kim and Nina Bennett with cockapoo Elsie at Tough Woofer.

Co-op Local Community Fund

Co-op customers can now help people in Macclesfield with dementia every time they shop.

East Cheshire Hospice is putting proceeds from its Co-op Local Community Funding towards its dementia services.

It means that that one per cent of what Co-op customers, who are also members, spend on own brand products goes straight to the charity.

The latest partnership between the store and the charity runs until next October. The Hospice is hoping supporters become members before their Christmas food shop.

The Hospice has already received almost £8,000 from Co-op shoppers since the scheme was introduced more than three years ago.

The most recent round of funding generated £3,763 which was allocated to its Childhood Bereavement Service.

Co-op stores at West Park Drive and Westmorland Close are supporting the Hospice as their nominated charity, although individual members can choose which charity benefits from their  one per cent donation regardless of where they shop.

The Hospice has received widespread praise for its approach towards dementia and operates a Companion Service and Carers Programme.

Admiral Nurse Debbie Callow said: “We’re delighted the Co-op funds will support such a vital service.  The aim of the fund is to help pay for local projects Co-op members care about and through their support at the tills we can continue to address the growing needs for those living with dementia and their families.”

“Our dementia services offer a safe, relaxed environment where carers in East Cheshire can come together in a group setting to share problems, concerns or experiences with others who are going through a similar experience.

“Our services also provide people affected by dementia with a regular volunteer companion to support social activities in order to give the person they live with some respite.”

* Any Co-op member can support the Hospice through their shopping providing they have chosen to support it through their membership account. (www.coop.co.uk/membership).

East Cheshire Hospice Trustee Alistair Kennedy with Co-op staff  (from left) Romi Adragna, Stacey Mountford and Gabi Smith.

Ecclesiastical – 12 Days of Christmas

East Cheshire Hospice is asking supporters to help it earn £1,000 as part of a 12 days of giving campaign.

Specialist insurer Ecclesiastical is making a £1,000 donation to 120 different charities as an early Christmas gift.

To vote for the Hospice go to www.ecclesiastical.com/12days. Nominations close on Thursday, Dec 19.

Winners are drawn at random and the more times each charity is nominated the more chance of being selected. The 10 daily winners are announced on the 12 week days from Dec 5-20.

Kate Bowmar, Corporate Fundraiser at the Hospice, said: “The Hospice received £1,000 from Ecclesiastical earlier this year thanks to votes from supporters and the local community and it’d be wonderful if we can attract enough votes again.

“Such a gift would fund a day’s catering, laundry and housekeeping services, or three overnight stays on our inpatient unit so it means a lot to us.”

Mark Hews, Group CEO of Ecclesiastical, said: “Our annual 12 days of giving Christmas campaign will help charities change lives for the better and we know that for many charities, £1,000 can make a real difference.

“We’re encouraging everyone to nominate a cause close to their hearts this Christmas to be in for a chance to win a festive financial boost.”

Will Week – Home Appointments

Home visits by solicitors during Will Week are still available, even though office appointments are now fully booked up in Macclesfield.

Blunts Solicitors and SAS Daniels no longer have vacancies during Will Week which runs from October 7-11 and is in aid of East Cheshire Hospice.

The solicitors are among 15 firms offering to write a single, or mirror will, in return for a donation to the Hospice.

Among them is Estate Planning Solutions who will visit people in the comfort of their own homes and provide the same service.

Kate Bowmar, the Hospice’s Corporate Fundraiser, said: “We’re on course for another highly successful Will Week and want to thank those who’ve already booked an appointment.

 

“We’d also like to stress that these home appointments are available to anyone in the community, not just those who may struggle to travel to their local solicitor.”

Estates Planning Solutions (tel: 01625 540033) has been nominated for a prestigious award at next month’s British Wills and Probate Awards.

Director Paul Dodsworth said: “We are very pleased to support East Cheshire Hospice during Will Week and are happy to offer home visits in Macclesfield and the surrounding areas.”

A full list of participating solicitors is available at eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/willweek19.

Solicitors will outline their usual fees and encourage supporters to donate a similar amount to the Hospice via a donation envelope for cash or cheques.

* For more details contact the fundraising team on 01625 433477.

7i Group generous donations

A flourishing new business is sharing its success with East Cheshire Hospice by making a £500 donation to the charity.

7i Group was set up 18 months ago by managing director Andrew Sellick who has many years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

The company is sharing at least one per cent of its first-year pre-tax profits with the Hospice and Rainbow Trust.

7i Group, which is about to move to larger offices at Alderley Park due to rapid expansion, provides advanced commercial and scientific insights research for pharmaceutical companies and other healthcare organisations.

The group’s insight and analysis, gained through its scientific and market expertise, is also of valuable assistance to health care providers such as the NHS.

Andrew, from Knutsford, said:  “I’d always wanted to set up my  own business but family and career took precedence until the opportunity presented itself a couple of years ago.

“It’s now all come together, and I wish I’d done it 20 years ago. It’s hard work but 7i Group is going really well and Alderley Park is a great place to work.

“When 7i Group started we wanted to give something back and are proud to be associated with East Cheshire Hospice, a charity where dedicated and caring people are delivering incredibly important services to patients and their families.”

7i Group is part of the Hospice 500 Club in which members raise £500 minimum each year over a three-year period.

Why we are updating our Will this year…

Daughter Gwen was not born the last time Rachel and Graham Allcock wrote a Will.

Now she is 10, the couple have decided it is about time they did something to reflect their change in circumstances.

They have booked an appointment with Blunts Solicitors as part of Will Week (Oct 7-11) in aid of East Cheshire Hospice.

Rachel, from Broken Cross, said: “Our Will is completely out of date so we’re going to start again with a new Will. We’ve both chosen a mirror Will where we leave our estate to each other.

“The main reason we’re doing the Will is to make sure we look after Gwen. It’s not so much what happens to our possessions, but to ensure her future is secure.”

Rachel will happily make a donation to the Hospice, where she is Income Generation Director, in exchange for Blunts waiving their usual fees during Will Week.

The Macclesfield solicitors are among 15 firms donating their time and expertise to support the Hospice during Will Week.

Rachel added:  “Making a new Will is something we’ve been thinking about for a while and we kept putting it off, but it’ll provide us with peace of mind.

“We’ve also decided to leave a legacy to the Hospice in our Will. Legacies are such an important part of the Hospice’s income and I see on a daily basis the difference they make to the care of our patients.”

Will Week 2019

Solicitors are offering to make home visits this year as part of Will Week in aid of East Cheshire Hospice.

Supporters of Will Week, which runs from Oct 7-11, can still also choose the option of making an appointment at the offices of their local solicitor as previously.

The new at-home service is offered by Estates Planning Solutions and Port Worth Law Ltd who are among 15 firms of solicitors taking part in the charity’s Will Week.

Blunts Solicitors and SAS Daniels, from Macclesfield, have again subscribed to the popular scheme in which solicitors waive their fees in return for a donation to the Hospice.

A full list of participating solicitors is available on the Hospice website eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/willweek19 and is shown on leaflets to promote Will Week.

The Hospice is urging people to book appointments as quickly as possible.

Kate Bowmar, the Hospice’s Corporate Fundraiser, said: “Will Week is still a few weeks away but places are usually booked up quickly and people run the risk of not getting an appointment if they

don’t contact their solicitors.

“Estates Planning Solutions and Port Worth Law Ltd have kindly agreed to visit people in the comfort of their own homes at a mutually agreed time and we’re keen to stress that people can also visit their local solicitors as in past years.”

Participating solicitors will be able to write a single or mirror will, or update an existing will, in return for a donation to the Hospice. Any services above and beyond this will be chargeable at the solicitor’s usual cost.

Kate added: “When booking an appointment, your solicitor will outline their usual fees and encourage you to donate a similar amount to the Hospice in return for the service.

“Please bring the amount you’d like to donate in cash, or cheque, to the appointment and the solicitor will give you a donation envelope which is then collected by the Hospice.”

Last year’s Will Week raised over £8,000 for the Hospice which also relies on legacy gifts in Wills as  vital source of funding. Legacies provide care for one in three of its patients.

* For more details contact the fundraising team on 01625 433477. They will also provide help on alternatives if a solicitor is already fully booked.