John Jones Milestone - East Cheshire Hospice

John Jones Milestone

When musician John Jones MBE dropped off his latest collection at East Cheshire Hospice he reached a £100,000 milestone of fundraising. The accordion player has been busking outside the Hospice shop ECHO in Poynton since it opened just over a year ago after taking six months off during the pandemic.

John also performed last month with Stockport Accordion Club for a 20th annual concert at Broken Cross Club in aid of the Hospice. His support for the Hospice stretches back over many years, hence the six-figure sum he has raised. Amazingly, he has also raised a similar amount for the intensive care unit at Macclesfield and District General Hospital which cared for his wife June who died last year.

John Jones performing at the 20th anniversary concert.

John, from Macclesfield, said: “It was a fantastic concert and such a great thrill. It was like a big family reunion after Covid and it’s been a privilege to be part of it over the years when I’ve made so many friends.”

John enjoys entertaining residents at care homes, playing their favourite music and songs from yesteryear. The retired structural engineer said: “I’d like to thank everyone for their kind donations towards the Hospice and hospital which are both close to my heart.”

 John delivers his collection box to East Cheshire Hospice Chief Executive Karyn Johnston (left) and Community Fundraiser Carley Macey (right).

He has raised about £330,000 for local charities during more than 30 years playing his accordion. He still has the antique accordion which belonged to his father Edgar who inspired him to play.

John received the MBE for charitable work in 2012.

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