Looking ahead to 2018

East Cheshire Hospice wants your help to celebrate its 30th anniversary in style.

The much-loved Hospice is urging the public to get involved with a range of events planned for 2018.

The charity treated  its first patient in February 1988 and was formally opened in May of that year by Sir Nicholas Winterton and his wife Ann, then MPs for Macclesfield and Congleton.

There will be a series of special anniversary fundraising events taking place throughout the year, including a special  Series of 30 Challenges, with a highlight an overseas trek challenge at the Grand Canyon in Arizona in October.

There are also plans for a London to Paris bike ride, skydive and firewalk, along with the flagship events such as the Starlight Walk and Winter Wonderland Ball.

Hospice Director Mike Pyrah said: “We want to use the opportunity of our 30th anniversary to recognise and thank those people who’ve supported us over the years, to celebrate the excellent care we provide, but also to act as a springboard thinking about the next five years and ultimately the next 30 years and the services we want to provide into the future.

“We’ve got lots of exciting new fundraising events planned and want to make our existing events even bigger and better this year.  Most of our external funding comes from the communities we serve and we want to strengthen the links with the people who keep us going every year.”

One of the new events for the year will be Tough Woofer, a 5k obstacle course for dogs at Capesthorne Hall on Sunday, September 30.

The challenge features 15 different mud, water and climbing obstacles similar to its Tough Mudder relation and is specially designed for pooches and their owners. Enter via www.eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/toughwoofer

Fundraising success in 2017

Ladies lunches, quiz nights, barn bashes, fashion shows and countless other fundraising initiatives provided vital help to fund care for East Cheshire Hospice patients, their families and carers during 2017.

Bubbles were blowing everywhere at the colourful Bubble Rush at Alderley Park which attracted 1,000 participants, raising £32,000.

Police clerk Lucy Waters bravely undertook 12 challenges in memory of her mother Susan, who died in 2015 and was a Hospice patient, and father Nick who died of a blood clot a few weeks later.

Lucy raised £3,695 from her endeavours which included tackling a Royal Marine assault course.

Ted Brough, from Tytherington, held a penalty shoot-out in his grandma's garden.  The nine-year-old Manchester United fan went in goal as penalty takers made a £1 donation and grandma Anthea baked cakes for passers-by.