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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


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

East Cheshire Hospice on BBC North West and ITV Granada

This week, news teams from both the BBC and ITV have been filming at or in contact with the Hospice.

As the UK is currently encouraged to stay indoors and practice social distancing, many Hospice fundraising events among other things have been cancelled or postponed, leading to a significant loss in funding.

In the segment on BBC North West, Annabel Tiffin explained that “Only a fraction of their money comes from the NHS and donations are drying up as fun runs and other sponsored events are cancelled.”

In her interview, Hospice direction Karyn Johnston said “All 26 Hospices in the North West need your help, now more than ever.”

View the full BBC North West segment at

East Cheshire Hospice Director Karyn Johnston speaking on BBC North West Tonight

The Hospice is now calling on its community and supporters to donate, spread the word and help reduce the damage the Coronavirus outbreak is causing to the Hospice’s funds and the work and support it provides.

The BBC’s Stuart Flinders reported that “This Hospice is now budgeting for a loss of one third of its income this year. It’s going to be relying on public generosity more than ever in the months ahead.”

The response to the media coverage has been fantastically generous and reassuring, but unfortunately more is needed.

In video call on ITV Granada, Hospice supporter Carl Lamptey set an ambitious challenge. He said “This goes out to the footballers and celebs, anyone. This is my challenge to you – we need to raise as a community one million pounds for the Hospice to keep going.”

When asked by ITV’s Sarah Rogers “What would it mean to you to make that million pounds?” Carl replied “I’d cry… it means so much to me.”

ITV Granada’s Sarah Rogers interviews Hospice supporter Carl Lamptey

See the full ITV Granada report at

Carl has now set up a JustGiving page to raise funds and is asking for people to donate and share the message. He hopes to reach professional footballers and celebrities in the area who have the capability to really boost the campaign.

If you are able to donate or help spread the word, please go to

What Women Want Continue Fundraising For The Hospice

The drinks flow freely when the What Women Want girls are together.

Raising £300,000 for East Cheshire Hospice over a dozen years is thirsty work.

It’s hard work too, so having fun is key for Jayne Carter, Julie Barnes, Elaine Burgess, Jo Millward and Jill Harding, all from Macclesfield.

The girls enjoying one of their events. From left, Jo Millward, Julie Barnes, Jayne Carter, Elaine Burgess and Jill Harding.

Catch ups to organise future WWW fundraising events are social occasions with conversation always centred on how they can help Hospice patients.

Jayne, the group chair and owner of a packaging business, said: “The Hospice is such a special place where people are allowed to die with dignity. We try to provide extra things that are little bit special to hospice care.”

They bought a car for Hospice @Home staff, a service which had been launched two years earlier with the help of a £25,000 donation from the group. Equipment and many other practical items have also been purchased through their generosity.

The WWW link also led to a staggering £1m donation to the Hospice from Steve Malone and Robbie Hargreaves, co-founders of Proseal.

Jayne said: “Their company always sponsored our winter balls and Steve called as I was driving, asking if I was still fundraising for the Hospice and were we looking for anything.

“We were trying to fund a car and Steve, with Robbie on loudspeaker, said they’d like to give the Hospice a million pounds. I nearly crashed the car and was crying. It was just amazing.”

The girls’ families also help out, serving drinks and selling raffle tickets at various balls, bingo nights and fashion shows.

Jo, a long-serving HR director at AstraZeneca, recalls a fashion show in which cancer patients were models. She said: “The atmosphere and love for those models was so powerful.

“The group’s incredibly special to me. We’re all pretty strong personalities and you have to be fairly comfortable to get up on stage and corral lots of women who’ve all had a glass of wine.

“We’ve never had a fall out in all the years because the bigger picture always in our mind is what we’re doing it for.”

* WWW are holding a themed ball at Cranage Hall on Friday, November 13.

What Women Want fundraisers (from left) – Jo Millward, Julie Barnes, Jill Harding, Jayne Carter and Elaine Burgess.

Lucy is a Challenge Champion!

Lucy Coppack is taking part in #ChallengeEastCheshire this year and absolutely smashing it!

Lucy was ready to run the Wilsmlow Half Marathon at the weekend… until it got cancelled! But that didn’t stop Lucy as she decided to brave the weather and run it on her own anyway!

At a time when so many of our income streams from fundraising events are running dry, it’s really important that people like Lucy find a way to keep fundraising for us. Thank you Lucy!

Please sponsor Lucy on JustGiving at

This is how her day went…


“I was all prepared for the race, mentally and physically, had all my kit laid out, breakfast prepped, eaten and drank lots in preparation the days leading up to the half marathon. But when I woke up on Sunday morning at 7am I saw the text from the Wilmslow running festival team saying it had been cancelled due to Covid-19.

I was so gutted as I was so prepared, so I messaged my family and decided I was going to do it anyway.

So I posted some videos on social media explaining my plan…

So off I set on my 13.1 mile run, through Langley and Sutton and on the canal to Congleton and back!

The conditions were awful! It started hailing and raining on the way and the canal was sooo muddy (see pictures) I was soaking wet, then it was time to do it all again… so on my way back I was trying not to fall over… didn’t succeed as I fell over 3 times!

I was fine. Just muddy. Very muddy and wet.

Finally came to the canal in Sutton and jumped off and back up a big hill home!

I managed it though and am uploading my race, time and distance to Wilmslow running festival website so I still get my medal and t-shirt.

More to the point, whilst I was running I had people messaging me and donating as I continued the run!

I’m now at £970 for this race alone plus a £250 cheque from my work.

So, with this and my other JustGiving account and my other cheque from work last year I’m at £2301 for East Cheshire Hospice.

Needless to say, that’s not it as my aim is to raise £7500 – a day’s running cost for the Hospice. So, a bit of rest now as my other races have been postponed until autumn which is good – more time to train.”


If you are able, please sponsor Lucy at:


Fundraising Efforts Are Music To Heather Broadbent’s Ears Right Off The Bat

Friends back home have been lifting the spirits of round-the-world sailor Heather Broadbent with their fundraising support.

Her hopes of raising £40,000 for the Hospice @Home service run by East Cheshire Hospice have been boosted by new donations totalling more than £1,000.

A winter ball organised by Prestbury Tennis Club raised £600, while The Caravanettes ladies choir donated £448 from their summer concert and appearance at the Christmas treacle market.

Judy Grant, vice-chair of the tennis club, and Claire Sutton, a choir co-founder, are both friends of Heather.

They suggested their groups contribute to her campaign as part of their organisations’ on-going Hospice support.

From left, Prestbury Tennis Club vice-chair Judy Grant, chair Peter Moyes, East Cheshire Hospice community fundraiser Carley Macey and tennis club secretary Lesley Cain.


Heather is preparing to leave the Philippines for the second half of her 11-month voyage.

She said: “I do miss my family and friends at home and it makes me so proud to hear of the fantastic things they’re doing to help me achieve my target for East Cheshire Hospice.

“I want to thank both Judy and Claire and everyone who contributed. It means so much to me to try to raise this money for such a wonderful cause and any help like this from the community is much appreciated.”

Tennis club secretary Lesley Cain worked in the finance department here at the Hospice for 17 years before retirement.

She said: “I really like the Hospice @Home concept and my husband Chris, who died in 2017, might well have used the service if it had existed then. It started later that year.

“Apart from the health benefits of playing tennis, the club has provided me with social and emotional support.”

Lesley’s son Jon has been head coach at the club for 10 years. For more details about the club visit

The Caravanettes got their name after Claire Sutton and her co-founders Claire Thorneycroft and Clare Hayward began singing in a mobile caravan by Macclesfield Canal in 2006.

Now 38-strong, the choir make regular appearances under the leadership of choir master Toby Hinson.

He said: “It was Claire’s suggestion that we support Heather and her amazing adventure. We wish her good luck on her voyage and with her fundraising.” Visit for more choir details.

The Caravanettes ladies choir.


To donate to Heather’s campaign visit

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

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

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


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

To take part visit

Natalie Catterall and her late mum Hilary.