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Corona Virus Update

10 February 2020

East Cheshire Hospice and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. We have measures in place  to ensure the safety of all patients and Hospice staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

Anyone who has travelled to China or places listed above in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:

Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu

Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

Information for the public is available at gov.uk/coronavirus

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with East Cheshire Hospice staff to help safeguard them and others.  Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:


Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.



You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at http://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Branch Manager’s ‘tree-mendous’ help for Hospice



LEEK United’s Veronica ‘Ronnie’ McNeil gave East Cheshire Hospice (ECH) a ‘tree-mendous’ helping hand after becoming a ‘Branch Manager’ of a different kind for the day…

Ronnie, who runs the Society’s Macclesfield Branch, joined other volunteers for the Hospice’s annual Christmas Tree Collection this month (January).

Now in its 20th year, the collection and recycling event raises vital funds for the Hospice by putting householders’ unwanted old ‘living’ festive trees to good use.

People make a donation to the ECH when they register their tree for collection, and teams toured the postcode areas in and around the Hospice picking up over 7,000 trees for shredding.

“This is the second year that Leek United has sponsored one of the collection vans, and I wanted to join them again by helping on the rounds,” said Ronnie.

“Many of the old trees we collect would otherwise end up on rubbish dumps, so this is a great, fun way to raise funds for the Hospice – one of the Society’s main charity beneficiaries – and the amazing work it does in our community.”

Each year, the Christmas Tree Collection raises over £100,000 and last year ECH reached the cumulative sum of £1million raised since the collection started.

Kate Bowmar, Corporate Fundraiser at ECH, said: “We are extremely grateful that Leek United offered to sponsor a van for our annual Christmas Tree Collection for the second year in a row, and were delighted that Ronnie volunteered to join us again.

“Every year we rely heavily on the generosity of local businesses such as Leek United to cover the cost of running the collection, meaning all donations received will go directly to supporting the Hospice.”


Leek United’s Macclesfield Branch Manager Veronica ‘Ronnie’ McNeil (far left) is pictured with fellow volunteers Tom Horsfield and Georgina Timson in front of the van sponsored by the Society for the tree collection.

Hospice Focus Groups

We want to hear feedback on our services from members of the community, even if they have never used our services.

The Hospice is making the appeal as part of a plan to shape its services for the future.

The Hospice’s Governance Co-ordinator Claire Duncan, who leads the Engagement and Insight Programme, said: “Feedback is central to service improvement here at East Cheshire Hospice, and we already collect feedback from our patients, their families, volunteers and members of staff.

“We have internal focus groups for departments such as the Sunflower Wellbeing Centre, our in-patient unit, Hospice @Home and our volunteer service. We monitor all the feedback we are given to make sure we’re learning from it and providing the best services we can.

“However, now we want to spread the net wider, including getting the opinions of those who may not have even heard of the Hospice and the services it provides.

“It’s possible that there are unmet needs that we are unaware of, or that some of our services are not as well known as they might be, but we won’t know that unless we talk to our community.

“We hope that this additional feedback will help us learn how we can improve our services, or create new services, based on the needs of the community.

Claire Duncan, Governance Co-ordinator at East Cheshire Hospice.


“I’d love to make contact with people who have used our services in the past, may never have heard of, or used, East Cheshire Hospice and who would be willing to join and participate in a focus group so we can extend our feedback and insight channels.”


if you’d like to join a focus group or are interested in finding out more information, please contact us on 01625 610364 or email admin@echospice.org.uk or via our website eastcheshirehospice.org.uk

Reaching New Heights for the Hospice

Sisters Jemima and Annabelle Jordan have been reaching new heights with their latest fundraising challenges.


Annabelle (11) climbed Mount Snowdon, while Jemima (13) tackled two Snowdonia passes, Crackstone Rib and the Wrinkle, both of which are rated as severe.


The King’s School pupils, from Henbury, presented a cheque for £2,050 to East Cheshire Hospice from their adventures.


From left, April Green, Key Relationships Manager at East Cheshire Hospice, with Annabelle, Jemima and Katie Jordan.


The donation will support the charity’s Childhood Bereavement Service which has already benefitted from the family’s generosity and Dream Beams, a charity established last year by the girls’ mum Katie to support children’s causes.


It was inspired by Jemima and Annabelle baking cakes to help buy Christmas presents for a children’s home in Barbados.


A charity Ball raised £102,100 for the Hospice and Katie’s team will tackle the National Three Peaks Challenge in June as part of their next fundraising challenge.


Katie has also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Jemima and Annabelle have also raised funds for the Hand on Heart charity to provide defibrillators for local schools.

Ward Volunteers Needed!

Jackie Wayman has been helping out on the ward at East Cheshire Hospice for less than six months and wishes she had started sooner.


East Cheshire Hospice is looking for new ward volunteers like Jackie and will explain more at an open evening in the Hospice chapel on Millbank Drive, Macclesfield, on Wednesday, January 22 (5-7 pm).


Jackie, from Lyme Green, helps at lunchtime once a week and also does an afternoon on reception.


She said: “The Hospice is so well-loved by the people of Macclesfield and surrounding areas, I thought I’d apply to volunteer there.  I wish I’d tried to fit in a shift before I retired 18 months ago as it’s so rewarding.”

“I really enjoy it. I serve drinks when the patients have lunch, help them if they need assistance, have a chat with them and make their family a drink if required. I then clear up and log what they’ve eaten.  This all saves the time of the nurses and kitchen staff who’re always so busy.”


“I had very good training and there’s always someone to help if you need it. Everyone I’ve met at the Hospice has been kind and helpful because everyone is there because they want to be, not because they have to be.”


“The nursing staff are brilliant and make you feel valued and appreciated as a volunteer.

I know the Hospice are looking for men as well as women and it’d be nice for the male patients especially to hear and see another man on the ward volunteering.”

Volunteer Co-ordinator Helena Smith said: “We’re looking primarily, but not exclusively, for weekend and evening ward volunteers.”


Jackie Wayman with fellow volunteer David Black.


“Hopefully, people will think it’s a nice way to give something back at quieter times. The shifts can fit around people’s working lives and run from 9-11 am; 12-2 pm and 5-7 pm. It can be as little as once a month, or as much as once a week.”


“The role has a huge impact and we have volunteers from all backgrounds. We offer training and support and men and women are welcome to contact us.”


For more details contact Julie Hatt (jhatt@echospice.org), go to the Hospice volunteers web page or Facebook page, or just turn up on Jan 22.

Welcome to the 500 Club – The Switched On Solutions Group

Company director Geoff Gittins has a professional and personal involvement with East Cheshire Hospice.

Father Harold and uncle Leslie Singleton were both cared for by the Hospice until they died more than 10 years ago.

Now Geoff’s business The Switched On Solutions Group (SOSG) has become the latest addition to the Hospice’s 500 Club in which members raise at least £500 a year over a three-year period.

Geoff and fellow directors David Baker and Martin Havenhand are keen to promote the 500 Club to other businesses.

Geoff, a lottery volunteer at the charity, said: “The Hospice has a loving environment for patients, families and friends and SOSG is delighted to offer its support.

“We’re a growing business helping businesses and organisations reduce costs and increase profit. We work with our expert partners in the energy, telecoms and finance sectors to get the best deals available for our clients.

“Our principles are trust, respect and integrity. Our client base includes churches and not-for-profit organisations which might not, for example, have secured the best energy deals in the past. Our commission comes from the suppliers with no cost to clients who make all the savings.”

Business Briefing with Nick Robinson

Leading BBC journalist Nick Robinson has made a personal appeal to business leaders to continue to support East Cheshire Hospice.

The Macclesfield-born presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme has first-hand experience of the charity’s work.

His late father Robbie was cared for by the Hospice and his mother Evelyn was among the audience for his keynote speech at the Hospice’s annual Business Briefing at Alderley Park.

Robinson said:  “The Hospice is a place of sanctuary, welcome and re-assurance. It’s also a place that makes those last few days tolerable, manageable and removes all the other anxieties there can be when somebody comes to the end of their life.”

His entertaining talk, entitled ‘The New Chaos’, gave an insight into his career covering politics, including Brexit. He was the BBC’s chief political correspondent for 10 years.

He added:  “I’m nervous because my mother’s here. When I was on the telly the test for my piece would be the ‘my mum’ test.  It meant does this make sense to someone who doesn’t follow everything incredibly carefully?”

Robinson, who was treated successfully for lung cancer in 2015, said: “What angers me about politics and the New Chaos over the last three years, is we’ve spent a lot of time insulting each other and being angry with each other and taken our eye off the ball of the things that really matter and change people’s lives.”

More than 150 business leaders were urged to support the charity’s Hospice @Home service.

He said: “You’re being asked today to help make the end of people’s lives better. What’s really exciting is it isn’t just in the Hospice, but increasingly will be in people’s homes.

“It’ll mean the experience of the last few days is as tolerable as possible and that’s a great cause to be involved in.”

Other speakers included Dr Kath Mackay, Managing Director of Alderley Park; Hospice @Home Ambassador Chair Dr Simon Hayward; and the Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs MBE KStJ, President of East Cheshire Hospice.

Hospice Director Karyn Johnston said: “We’re extremely grateful to Nick for giving up his time during yet another busy political week and all our other speakers and members of the business community who attended.

“We’re fortunate to enjoy wonderful support from the corporate community which is vital to our future.  We’d also like to thank our friends at Alderley Park for hosting our third Business Briefing.”

Tough Woofer 2019

Every dog has its day and Tough Woofer 2019 saw the canine world support East Cheshire Hospice.

Around 300 pets tackled a 5k obstacle course at Capesthorne Hall on Sunday morning (Oct 20).

The four-legged friends, accompanied by their owners, negotiated a series of mud, water and climbing challenges, supplied by Extreme Adventure Ltd.

The picturesque estate was the perfect setting, with cars and vans having more difficulty dealing with the heavy ground than the dogs.

Beth Candy,  Events Manager at the Hospice, said: “We were blessed with a lovely sunny day and want to thank everyone for coming along and making it such a special occasion.

“It wouldn’t have happened without the support of amazing volunteers and a special thanks must go to James Bunker who rescued a few vehicles from the soft ground. We’d also like to thank Capesthorne Hall for use of such a great venue.”

Owner Sue Clarke took part with eight-year-old mini wirehair dachshund Margot. Sue has an office  at Alderley Park where the Hospice also has a base.

Lyndsey Annikin and her cockapoo Sky joined Abby Dellow and her Hungarian vizsla Penny. Lyndsey has a family friend cared for by the Hospice.

She said: “The Hospice has been brilliant and we’re delighted to take part in Tough Woofer as way of thanking everyone there.”

Student nurse Anna Mather was joined by mum and dad Clare and Jonathan and 18-month-old labrador Millie.

Anna said: “I’ve got friends who’ve worked at the Hospice which is so well known and we want to help such a good local cause. The dogs love the outdoors here.”

Mother and daughter Kim and Nina Bennett guided cockapoo Elsie round the course. Nina has visited the Hospice in her role as a student physiotherapist.

A Charity Village, including stalls and activities, kept dogs and owners entertained.


Heather Broadbent Update

Round-the-world sailor Heather Broadbent is approaching South America after six weeks at sea.

The landscape gardener, from Disley, will arrive in the Uruguayan port of Punte del Este in the next few days.

She will then set sail for Cape Town in the third race of the Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race.

Heather is aboard GoToBermuda which is among the chasing pack in the 11-strong fleet.

Heather is hoping to raise £40,000 for East Cheshire Hospice where her late husband Adam (45) was a patient.

The funds will go towards supporting the charity’s Hospice @ Home service. More than £23,000 has already been raised and to donate go to justgiving.com/fundraising/dreamitnowdoit.

Heather, whose voyage lasts 11 months, said: “Morale on board is good, everyone is still getting on well and into the swing of it nicely, though at times I’ve been feeling the emotion and enormity of the adventure.

“I’ve seen a wonderful pod of dolphins jumping and playing on our bow and we were bombarded by flying fish during a deck watch.”

The Clipper Race left London on Sept 1 with the second race across the Atlantic Ocean departing Portimão, Portugal, two weeks later.

Training for Nepal!

Tackling Tegg’s Nose on a summer’s evening is one thing, but navigating Nepal in November is a completely different prospect.

But that is the challenge facing Sarah Dale and Louise Delany who must combine preparations for a Himalayan trek with jobs at East Cheshire Hospice as well as running families.

Both volunteered for the once-in-a-lifetime adventure which involves two days working on a hospice project in Kathmandu followed by an arduous five-day trek along the Ghorepani Poon Hill trail.

There they will enjoy stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range staying in tea-houses and lodges. Temperatures will range from 25C to -5 at night.

Sarah and Louise are part of a nine-strong group from East Cheshire Hospice, each pledging to raise at least £3,500 for the charity which undertook a Grand Canyon trek last year.

Sarah, who is Clinical Director at the Hospice, said: “I’m petrified and the more I think about it the worse it gets, but it’ll be an amazing challenge.

“I don’t really like flying, I’ll miss my kids and husband and I’m not good with bugs or getting cold. The chance to see how palliative care works in a different country motivated me initially and I’d happily spend all the time at the hospice out there, but that’s not the idea.

“I thought we’d be meandering through villages but each day there are tough walks with a 3,500 metre climb.”

Sarah and Louise are walking through Macclesfield Forest, or climbing Tegg’s Nose, four times a week as preparation.

Louise, the Hospice’s Commercial Manager, said: ” I don’t think I’ve done any challenge before so we’re both out of our comfort zone. We want to be fit enough so our experience is a good one and we don’t suffer.

“Working full time five days a week, plus family commitments and the practice walks is time-consuming and at the same time we’re trying to fundraise.

“Sarah is from the clinical side and I’m from admin and we’re glad we’re supporting each other. Our aim is to raise £7,500 which is how much it costs to run the Hospice for a day.”

The pair are grateful for the support of the Broken Cross Club which is hosting a bingo afternoon on Sunday, Sept 15, and a race night on Friday, Oct 4.

* To sponsor them go to justgiving.com/fundraising/sarah-dale32 and justgiving.com/fundraising/louise-delany.