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Leek United Fundraising Antics

Customers at the Macclesfield branch of Leek United Building Society were surprised when Veronica McNeil was strangely quiet one morning.

Veronica was taking part in a sponsored silence and raised £169 during a campaign by Leek United to help three charities, including East Cheshire Hospice.

The initiative by staff and customers across its 12 branches raised over £13,000, a total matched pound‐for-pound by the Society to just over £26,000. This therefore resulted in a donation of £8,681.12 to the Hospice as its share.

Veronica, from Macclesfield, said: “I can talk a lot and when my line manager jokingly asked whether I’d ever thought of a sponsored silence as my contribution I did ask him what he was trying to say.

“There’s no way I could have lasted a full day, so I did it for four hours. It was hard at times and I’m no good at charades which didn’t help.

“When customers said ‘hello’ I waved and Post‐it Notes came in useful.

“My colleagues Angela Ravenscroft, Debbie Swindley and Rukaya Sajid explained to customers what was happening and some generously made donations.”

A quiz, auction and endurance challenge were among other fundraising challenges in the group. Leek United is a regular supporter of the Hospice and makes donations through a savings scheme.

Home‐Start Staffordshire Moorlands and Treetops Hospice Care in Derbyshire were the other charities to receive donations from this latest initiative.

Leek United Building Society Branch Manager Veronica McNeil held a sponsored silence. 

£26,000 on its way to local charities thanks to Leek United

A massive £26,000 is on its way to three local charities, including East Cheshire Hospice, following a hugely successful campaign of fundraising events run by the staff of Leek United Building Society.

 

 

The campaign saw all 200 of the Society’s management and staff hold more than 20 different events, including a virtual quiz, a charity auction and a 600 miles endurance challenge. These events generated £13,000 which was then matched by the Society pound for pound, leading to the incredible grand total of £26,000. This will be split equally between Home-Start Staffordshire Moorlands, Treetops Hospice Care, Derbyshire and East Cheshire Hospice.

Andrew Healy, Leek United Building Society’s chief executive, said: “The past few months have been difficult for everyone, not least our local charities whose income has fallen as a result of events being cancelled and shops being closed. I’m really delighted with how our wonderful team of staff have rallied to support these three charities. They’ve been not only kind but also exceptionally creative in coming up with fun ways to generate badly-needed funds just when they’re needed most.”

Kate Bowmar, corporate fundraiser at East Cheshire Hospice, said: “All of us at East Cheshire Hospice are so grateful for the long term support of Leek United Building Society.

“The money donated from this fundraising campaign will mean we can continue to provide vital end of life care in our local community at a time when fundraising events have been significantly impacted. Thank you to everyone involved for raising such an incredible amount.”

Pour Moi’s Charity Edit

A lingerie brand set up by a Macclesfield businessman is helping East Cheshire Hospice in its hour of need.

Pour Moi will share half of sales from its new Charity Edit collection between four charities on the front line of the fight against Covid-19.

The company was founded by owner Michael Thomson in a tiny office above a Macclesfield shop 15 years ago.

From left, Pour Moi staff Rachel Kirk Lockley and brothers Dominic, Kenn and Toby Davenport. 

Pour Moi has a main distribution centre on the Hurdsfield Estate where staff nominated the Hospice for its Charity Edit offer featuring lingerie, swimwear, loungewear and sportswear.

The Hospice could receive a £25,000 donation after Pour Moi pledged to raise a minimum of £100,000 during May and June.

Pour Moi is now a successful international brand but has not forgotten its roots and has launched a  #LetsDoThis campaign featuring staff showing Love Heart signs.

Age UK, Samaritans and RISE, a domestic violence charity in Brighton, where the company is now based, are the other charities to benefit.

Michael said: “These four charities do amazing work all year round but are now suffering from the double whammy of massive increased demand for their services and a dramatic drop in funding – both caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Like lots of people, we were wondering what we could do to help the many vulnerable people in this time of urgent need and the Charity Edit collection is our response. It’ll provide much-needed funds for the charities in their greatest hour of need as well as help publicise the sterling work that each of them does.”

Michael Thomson, founder and owner of Pour Moi, with his Love Heart sign

Pour Moi has managed to carry on trading during the crisis, although it had to furlough around half its Macclesfield staff numbering more than 40 employees..

Head of Operations Rachel Kirk Lockley has personal experience of the Hospice after her father Alan died there in 2010.

Rachel, from Macclesfield, said: “My dad was a patient for less than a week and the care from the Hospice was excellent. It’s  such an important part of our community.”

The Hospice has estimated it will lose more than £1m in income after cancelling fundraising events.

Corporate Fundraiser Kate Bowmar said: “We’d like to thank Pour Moi and its staff for their generous gesture. The response from the corporate world and the general public during Covid-19 has been amazing and shows once again just how much the community cares for the Hospice.”

* For more details visit pourmoi.co.uk/charity-edit

Leek United’s Fundraising Quiz

Leek United Building Society is hosting a virtual quiz as part of a campaign to raise £60,000 for three local charities affected by the coronavirus crisis.

The Big LUBS Virtual Quiz will see households compete for a chance to be named region’s top quizzing family and win a £50 Amazon voucher^.

Delivered over video link, the quiz will take place on Wednesday 20 May at 7pm. Each team will make a suggested donation of £5 to enter, and every donation will be matched by Leek United pound for pound, up to a maximum of £30,000.

Overall, the campaign aims to raise £60,000 for three local charities – Home-Start Staffordshire Moorlands, Treetops Hospice Care in Derbyshire, and East Cheshire Hospice.

These charities all rely heavily on public support. As a result of the lockdown and social distancing measures, the income they usually receive from fundraising events, donations and charity shops has collapsed, leaving them with a large funding shortfall.

Andrew Healy, Leek United Building Society’s Chief Executive, said: “This is a great opportunity for people to have some fun and raise money for three vital causes that do amazing work in the local community. All you need is a laptop/tablet, a pen and some paper and you can help these excellent causes from the comfort of your own home.”

Andrew Healy, Leek United Building Society Chief Executive

To sign up for the quiz, simply visit the Leek United Quiz Registration page www.leekunited.co.uk/quiz-registration/. Or to make a donation without taking part in the quiz, visit the Virgin Money Giving page – uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LeekUnitedCharityCampaign.

Donations can also be made 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. Or using online banking: 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.

Thelma Jackson’s Fundraising Memories

The 32nd anniversary of East Cheshire Hospice brings back lots of happy memories for one of its longest-serving supporters.

Thelma Jackson MBE has been fundraising for the Hospice since before it was formally opened by husband and wife MPs Sir Nicholas and Ann Winterton in May, 1988.

A journey which includes countless functions, from garden parties to masked balls and even making jam on her farm near Prestbury.

Home sweet home near Prestbury for Thelma Jackson.

Thelma is still involved today, with her family business Sidney Jackson & Son Ltd, the well-known car dealers, sponsoring Hospice events.

Thelma said: “I was there right from the start and helped Mavis Ridgeway who was chair of fundraising.

“The late Charles Legh from Adlington Hall also hosted functions to raise money and we held garden parties at different homes. I remember organising the first masked ball with Anna Rains at Shrigley Hall.”

Thelma and her husband Jimmy asked for donations to the Hospice rather than presents when they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 1990.

Thelma added: “Jimmy was busy running the garage, but was always there supporting me. I enjoyed the fundraising. There was lots of camaraderie and everyone would muck in. It was fun and very satisfying.”

Her father-in-law Sidney, who established the business 100 years ago, died two months before Thelma and Jimmy got married.

Thelma explained: “I was a farmer’s daughter from Morley Green  and Jimmy’s cousin was our milkman. One day my father said he wanted a van so Jimmy came to the farm which is when I met him.”

Thelma and Jimmy Jackson pictured in 2009.

The couple’s younger son Tim is now MD of the business and his son George is also learning the car trade.

Jimmy was too ill to join Thelma at Buckingham Palace when she received the MBE from the Queen in November 2013.

He died of cancer five months later, aged 85, shortly after attending a party for the Royal honour at the Village Hall in Prestbury where Thelma is a founding trustee.

She was the last Mayor of Macclesfield borough and the first Mayor of the town council, her 13-year service ending when she stepped down to care for Jimmy.

Thelma is still a parish councillor for Prestbury, a role Jimmy filled for 35 years.

Thelma said: “We both cared very much about Prestbury and the Hospice was always close to our hearts. We were lucky and wanted to help people less fortunate than ourselves.”

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

Leek United Matches Donations

Leek United Building Society is coming to the rescue of East Cheshire Hospice by supporting its appeal for help.

The building society – a long-standing supporter of the Hospice – has launched a fundraising campaign among staff and members of the public.

It will match every pound donated up to a maximum donation of £30,000 and share proceeds among three charities, one of which is the Hospice.

Leek United, which has a branch on Chestergate, Macclesfield, is responding to the funding crisis caused by coronavirus.

Chief Executive Andrew Healy 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.” Details from leekunited.co.uk.

Kate Bowmar, Corporate Fundraiser at East Cheshire Hospice, said: “We’re extremely grateful for the continued support of Leek United 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’ve launched our Now More Than Ever Appeal to try and recover some of our lost income.”

For details visit eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/nowmorethanever.

Kate Bowmar (third right) from East Cheshire Hospice with staff from Leek United Building Society.

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.