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M&S Flowers add colour to East Cheshire Hospice

From left, Hospice volunteer Mary Hindle with Marks & Spencer staff Ellie Holley, Helen Ross and Chris Birkenhead.

Floral gifts from Marks & Spencer are adding colour to East Cheshire Hospice and helping fund the cost of patient care.

Twice a week volunteers from the charity collect beautiful arrangements from the Handforth Dean store which have reached their sell-by date.

The flowers decorate the inpatient ward, Sunflower Centre and reception area while some are sold to visitors and staff in return for a donation.

Donations have raised £4,000 since the store started giving flowers to the Hospice a year ago.

Volunteer Mary Hindle, from Prestbury, said:  “It’s a generous gesture by M & S and when I deliver the flowers to the Hospice, they bring great pleasure to patients, staff, visitors and volunteers.”

Hospice Volunteer Co-ordinator Helena Smith said: “We can’t thank M & S enough for their kind support. The flowers are of an amazing quality and bring so much cheer to the Hospice.

“One inpatient wanted to give her daughter flowers for her birthday and was so happy when she realised they were available here.

“It was a lovely moment and meant so much to her.  Flowers are precious and bring colour and care, raising funds so we can look after our patients.”

Ellie Holley, Food Section Manager at M & S, Handforth, said: “We’re delighted to help East Cheshire Hospice as part of our on-going support for local charities. We value our role within the community and are glad flowers we can no longer sell to our customers make such a difference to Hospice patients.”

Heather Broadbent Forced to Reroute Due to Coronavirus

Sailor Heather Broadbent is making a detour on her epic voyage around the globe because of the Coronavirus in China.

Credit: Matthew Dickens/imagecomms
The Clipper Round the World Race, Portimao.

 

The outbreak has forced organisers of the Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race to change the route for the 11-strong fleet.

Heather, who is aiming to raise £40,000 for the Hospice, is due to arrive in the Philippines before the weekend (Feb 15-16) on the Asia-Pacific leg of her adventure.

The fleet had intended to stop there later in the race but the visit has now been brought forward.

It is unclear whether the original destination of Sanya, a port in China, will now feature on the route.

The fleet will have an extended minimum nine-day stopover in the Philippines as organisers work on contingency plans if the route needs further amending.

Heather, a landscape gardener from Disley, is midway through her 11-month trip on board the yacht GoToBermuda and has been at sea since leaving Australia early last month.

Heather wrote in an email: “I’ve been heartbroken to hear the devastating news of the virus spreading across China with many thousands of people affected.

“This has obviously had an impact on our destinations and the Clipper Race office have been working hard to find an alternative port for us to re-stock and re-charge before we set sail across the Pacific to Seattle.

“Life on board is good after we crossed the Equator for my second time and in the close confines of a 70-foot sailing boat strong friendships are soon forged. ”

Heather’s late husband Adam (45) was a patient at the Hospice and she has already raised £25,330 towards her target.  The funds will support our

Hospice @Home service. To sponsor her visit justgiving.com/fundraising/dreamitnowdoit

Heather added: “I’m lucky to have met some incredible people who I now count as lifelong friends. I’ve visited places I’ll always remember and Cape Town and Freemantle in Australia are both highlights.

“Yesterday I saw a pod of about 10 whales blowing hard and splashing their tails, seeming to be herding huge schools of leaping tuna, apparently just for the sheer sport because whales don’t eat tuna.”

Light Up The Night 2020!

Light Up The Night is coming this spring with Adlington Hall its new location.

Our memory walk will be held in the grounds of the beautiful country house on Friday, April 24, starting at 7 pm.

The event has been switched from Capesthorne Hall , venue for this popular fundraiser for the last six years.

The annual celebration evening is a unique opportunity to remember lost loved ones.

Entries are now open and we hope walkers will again turn up in their droves to raise much-needed funds through sponsorship.

The walk, sponsored by Ford dealers Sidney Jackson, is over a one-kilometre course and organisers are confident the change of venue will attract even more families.

Events Manager Beth Candy said: “We wanted something different this year and I’m sure we’ll get another big turnout from our loyal supporters.

“Capesthorne Hall is a terrific setting and is still very much part of our plans for some of our other big fundraising events.

“The course at Adlington is shorter and we’ve got lots of activities planned to help make it a night to remember. Gates open at 6 pm and we’ve lots of exciting things in store to keep the family entertained.”

Participants can complete the route as often as they want with the last lap at 9 pm.

Entrants are urged to take advantage of an Early Bird offer of £16 for adults and £11 for children (aged up to 18) which is available until Friday, March 13.

Features include a Memory Tree, lanterns, a fire pit and bands entertaining the crowds, plus usual stalls and refreshments.

Beth said: “The idea of the Memory Tree is that people bring along ribbons, or a picture of a loved one being remembered.

“These can be added to our dedicated Memory Tree, along with a special written message, or left elsewhere along the route.  Walkers can also bring decorated lanterns, or collect them from us on the night.”

It is worth noting that the registration fee only covers the cost of staging the event so we ask entrants to raise sponsorship if possible. Donations will go directly towards funding patient care which costs £7,500 a day.

To register and for more details, including how to set up a Just Giving page, visit eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/events/light-up-the-night/

Light Up The Night 2019

Thank You To Our Christmas Tree Stars!

Our Christmas Tree Collection was yet another major triumph breaking more records.

More than 7,200 trees were collected and recycled, with the overall income predicted to reach £140,000 which will pay for nearly three full weeks of Hospice care.

The 20th year of the service, sponsored again by AstraZeneca, saw the total raised for the Hospice exceed £1.1m.

Organisers were delighted with the success of the scheme in which more than 250 volunteers took part earlier this month.

A push to encourage the public to buy real Christmas trees due to their environmental credentials also paid off.

Trees were taken to the Ansa recycling plant in West Park for recycling. ANSA Environmental Services Ltd were major partners in the project.

A fleet of vans were provided by transport sponsors Cheshire Vehicle Rentals and Enterprise Rentals, along with owner drivers John McPherson, Creative Kitchens, Harry Newton, Darren Taylor, Lee Fisher Plastering, Alan Potts, John Hirst and We’re Moving.

Other sponsors included Avanti Signs, FDR Law, Flour Water Salt and other local businesses.

Co-organiser Richard Raymond said: “It was another record year on all fronts and we’d like to thank  everyone who worked tirelessly in many different ways to make this annual event such a success.

“We rely entirely on public support and thank everyone for their kind donations in lieu of collecting their trees.

“The Hospice benefits greatly from their generosity, allowing them to continue to care for patients, their families and carers.”

Christmas tree collection volunteers ready for action

Swapping Lbs for £s!

Generous patients bringing chocolates and other sweets into the Sunflower Centre at East Cheshire Hospice has not helped Angela Dooley’s waistline.

A less active lifestyle since she semi-retired four years ago has also seen the Macclesfield nurse put on a few pounds.

Hence her decision to join Lbs 4 £s – a three-month fitness, weight loss and well-being programme run by the Hospice.

Angela (63) works as a bank nurse at its Day Care centre after retiring from her job as a theatre sister  at Macclesfield District General Hospital.

She said: “Work is a little more sedentary than when I was dashing round in the hospital and I’m only at the Hospice around six days each month.

“The Hospice patients are so generous with chocolates and gifts and it’s hard to resist, whereas in an operating theatre you’re obviously less visible.

My husband Peter and I also love holidays when it’s hard to watch what you’re eating and we love food. I’m looking forward to Lbs 4 £s and I’m sure it’ll make a difference.”

To sponsor Angela visit justgiving.com/fundraising/angela-dooley2

 

Nurse Angela Dooley aiming to get fit.

 

A DESIRE to lose weight also prompted Natalie Catterall to sign up.

Natalie, a school business manager, is indebted to the Hospice for the care it provided for her late mum Hilary Woolliscroft who died in November 2017.

Hilary (71) was a primary school swimming teacher in Macclesfield, an avid Macclesfield Town fan and attended the charity’s Living Well programme before she became an inpatient.

Natalie said: “Mum’s visits to the Sunflower Centre were of huge benefit and so important to her. The Hospice is an amazing place and I can’t begin to describe how well she was looked after and the after-care we received.

“When she died it was very difficult to walk away from the hospice building because we’d developed a huge attachment to both the staff and the whole hospice ethos.  Since mum’s death we have taken part in several fundraising events as we felt it was important to try to give something back.”

“I’m not fit and need to lose some weight. Dieting for a week or two wouldn’t be enough and the 12-week focus of this fitness programme is perfect. I can’t wait to get started.”

To sponsor Natalie go to justgiving.com/fundraising/natalie-catterall2

To take part visit eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/events/lbs4pounds/

Natalie Catterall and her late mum Hilary.

Gathering – The Perfect Valentines Gift

Forget a red rose for your loved one on Valentine’s Day. Instead, buy a red velvet decoration which will last forever.

 

East Cheshire Hospice is selling the final pieces of Gathering, a unique installation which was on display at Tatton Park last year.

 

Demand for the item has already been high with the striking designs adorning many homes and offices.

 

The hope is that with romance in the air on February 14 it will persuade more people to take up the offer and at the same time treasure memories.

 

The art work was created by international artist Susie MacMurray as part of Art Fair 2019. She said: “The rich red colour symbolises the body and its preciousness and the barbed wire isn’t about conflict but facing difficulty and struggle.

 

” The making of this work reflects the whole idea of the piece which is a gathering of people to support each other and treasure memories.”

Individual elements cost £30 with larger arrangements also available. All proceeds support patient care. Elements can be bought from the Hospice on 01625 665692 or via www.gatheringattatton.com/store

 

Camilla Crockett, the Hospice’s Relationships Manager, said: “Gathering is a unique, meaningful Valentine’s gift.”

“People have been purchasing them because they love the design and the elements are more than just decoration. They have a meaning behind them and provide funds to the Hospice.”

Small sculptures are £500; large sculpture £1,500 and a painted watercolour of Gathering is £225. Each is signed and numbered by the artist.

 

Gathering in a decorative display.

East Cheshire Hospice Lottery Wedding Favours – Available now!

Wedding favours from East Cheshire Hospice can provide the ideal gift for your guests on your big day in 2020.

Scratch cards launched a few months ago are proving popular with couples getting married.

The £1 cards offer a one-in-six chance of winning and bring much-needed funds for the Hospice.

Carol Frain, Supporter Care Manager at the Hospice, said: “The cards are inexpensive and because of the odds of winning they create quite a buzz among guests at a wedding reception… There’s been an encouraging response to the cards since we introduced them as wedding favours and it’s nice way to provide vital care within the community.”

At East Cheshire Hospice we also have teddy bears, badges and pens among its range of items for those planning to tie the knot.

For more details go to eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/support/wedding-favours/

Beth Candy, Events Manager at East Cheshire Hospice, with the wedding favour scratch cards.

Katie Porter Talks Christmas Tree Collection

Kate Porter who is part of the East Cheshire Hospice Christmas Tree Collection team.

 

Kate Porter is following in the footsteps of her late father by visiting homes to support East Cheshire Hospice.

The Macclesfield mum-of-two is a van driver for the charity’s Christmas Tree Collection service which swings into action again this weekend (Jan 11/12).

Her dad Oliver Hanson (71) was also a Hospice volunteer and collected lottery money for the charity right up until his death in 2006.

On his weekly rounds he would be offered tea and cakes by customers who enjoyed a chat as much as he did.

Kate said: “The Hospice and his lottery round were dear to his heart and I felt like I needed to carry on his legacy.”

“It was only when I saw how many of his lottery customers were at his funeral that I realised just how much the role meant to him.”

“He was out in all weathers knocking on doors collecting the £1 lottery subs and was well known at the Hospice, though he never made a song and dance about it.”

For the last 14 years, Kate has helped with the tree collection, starting as a crew member before becoming the first female van driver a few years ago.

Kate works as a PA for HealthCare 21 Communications and toy and game inventors Carterbench, both based in Macclesfield.

Her partner Chris Nixon has helped with the tree collection for the last eight years after son Sam and daughter Bex assisted early on.

“When you do it once you get hooked. It’s such a positive day and the organisers and everyone else is so welcoming and make you feel part of it.”

“I’m proud of my female van driving role and I usually do the pick-ups which are furthest from Macclesfield.  I like driving and there’s probably as many women who help out in various roles as men.”

“The collection keeps getting bigger, so every year we need more help. There’s a great team spirit even when it’s pouring with rain.”

* The collection covers Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Bollington, Prestbury, Poynton, Congleton and Knutsford.  Post codes CW12, SK9, SK10, SK11, SK12 and WA16.

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.

Lbs 4 £s – Get fit and healthy in 2020

Get into shape for 2020 and shed those unwanted pounds with the help of East Cheshire Hospice.

The charity is introducing Lbs 4 £s – a fitness, weight loss and well-being programme which runs for 12 weeks from Monday, January 13.

This sponsored event gives slimmers the chance to raise money for the Hospice in the process.

Participants receive an information pack including special tips, recipes and vouchers, plus exclusive access to experts in nutrition, fitness and well-being.

Bethan Wade, Events Assistant at the Hospice, said: “This is a self-motivated programme but we want to provide everyone with the information needed to pull it off, surrounded by a group of like-minded people who’re all looking to achieve the same thing.

“We’ll give people opportunities and access to all sorts of features to help them on their journey. They can lose pounds, stress or just the fear of walking into a gym. Whatever their motivation we want to help them.

“The sponsorship will go towards funding the vital care provided here at the Hospice.”

Places are limited and to sign up go to www.eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/events/lbs4pounds/

A launch event to meet other participants and share ideas and inspirations and learn about nutrition will be held on January 6. There will also be classes and taster days.