Our new Community and Events team member - East Cheshire Hospice

Our new Community and Events team member

Two phone calls the same afternoon brought good news for Sarah Elvin.

First, she was told her application to adopt a puppy Rottweiler had been successful.

Then she found out she had landed a job as a community and events fundraiser with East Cheshire Hospice.

Now she is settled into her new role and 16-week-old Moose is growing quickly.

Sarah Elvin with partner Steven Cox and Moose.

Sarah said: “The Hospice is such a lovely place to work and everyone’s so nice. It’s a lot different to what I thought.

“You think of a Hospice and imagine a dark and sad place, but when I walked in for my interview it was bright and airy with flowers everywhere and pictures and everyone was so smiley and friendly.”

Sarah’s alarm call is her dog. She said: “Moose wakes me at 5.30 am each morning. He’s more than a handful and biting and chewing through everything but easy to train.

“I always wanted a dog and when I worked in hospitality for 13 years the hours weren’t really dog friendly.

Sarah Elvin, who has joined East Cheshire Hospice.

“I saw on Instagram one day that my local RSPCA had six puppies. I thought it was fate, so filled out a form and learned I’d been accepted the same day I had my Hospice interview.

“The Hospice rang me an hour after the RSPCA.”

Sarah was a waitress and became a chef, working in ski resorts and travelled the world before Covid.

She said: “I thought I’d better get a proper ‘grown up’ job so worked in marketing, but realised I wasn’t getting the satisfaction I got in hospitality and that was meeting people.

“I like making a difference to someone’s day. I didn’t want to go back into hospitality as it was too unsociable and when I saw the Hospice job come up and thought this is for me.

“I’m loving my new role. It’s not easy asking people to give up money but when you really believe in the cause it’s not that difficult. People have a lot of emotion for the Hospice and know they’re giving to a good cause.”

Sarah invariably ends her day in her kitchen. “My No 1 hobby is cooking and I spend two or three hours in the kitchen every single night. It’s never just a frozen pizza.

“I make everything from scratch and it’s how I unwind – I love it. Asian food is my speciality. Ramen, dumplings and sushi.”

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