Events Archives - East Cheshire Hospice

Are you tough enough??

Tough Woofer is back for 2019 and promises to be bigger, better and muddier than before!

We are urging entrants to bring along their wellies for the 5k course at Capesthorne Hall on Sunday,  October 20.

More than 400 dogs and owners took part in last year’s first ever canine obstacle course event raising £30,000 for the Hospice!

The fun obstacle circuit is designed for four-legged friends and owners . The route has 15 obstacles, including water, mud and climbing challenges with the first wave leaving at 10 am.

Beth Candy, Events Assistant at the Hospice, said: “Last year’s event was extremely popular and we’re hoping even more dogs and owners will take part this time.

“Owners are telling us they want the course to be even muddier this time. It’s not a competition or a race, but simply about having a good time.

“People can enter with their dog, or by themselves or with family and friends if they don’t have a canine friend to bring along. It’ll be a fantastic family day out with live entertainment and stalls.”

People must be aged eight and over and dogs must be one year or over.

An early bird entrance fee of £30 for a dog/owner, and £20 for people only, applies until Aug 30.

The Hospice say entry fees only cover the cost of staging the event so participants are urged to raise at least £50 in sponsorship. A T-shirt, dog bandana and medals are provided.

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The Faces of Tough Woofer 2019

Meet the two beautiful beagles ready for a starring role as models for Tough Woofer 2019.

Roxy and Harley will have their pretty faces splashed all over banners and billboards advertising the canine event organised by our events team.

The dogs, owned by Abigail Henshall and partner Steve Abraham, won our Facebook competition to find the cutest canines.

Unsurprisingly, Roxy (9) and Harley (3) had the most likes, earning them a photo shoot to promote the event on Sunday, October 20.

The pair received plenty of votes from pupils at Tytherington School where Abigail is a PE teacher.

Roxy and Harley are following in the paw prints of golden retriever Teddy, winner of the 2018 award and owned by Abigail’s friend Sophie Mercer, a PE teacher at All Hallows Catholic College in Macclesfield.

Abigail, from Lower Withington, said: “We’ve had Roxy since she was a pup and she’s got such a baby face that people often get them confused and think she’s the younger of the two. They certainly get a lot of attention when we’re walking with members of our beagle club.

“While she’s confident and a little sassy, Harley is full of anxiety. He’s a rescue dog and had issues after being given up twice before we took him on at 18 months old.

“Harley had been attacked in kennels which made him petrified of other dogs. He was scared by the slightest noise but now has turned his life around. So much so that he’s confident enough to do Tough Woofer.

“Beagles are notoriously hard dogs to train but we knew the breed really well and they’re well trained. Roxy puts Harley in his place and he takes the lead from her but they’re great mates.”

Their  group from the Wirral and North Wales Beagle Club were out in force at last year’s event and will again tackle 5k course at Capesthorne Hall.

Abigail said: “It’s great fun and raises money for such a deserving cause. The venue is ideal and I’d encourage as many dog owners as possible to attend.”

The photo shoot was carried out by Alex Wright at teneightstudios in Macclesfield. (

Light Up The Night – in memory of Jean

My name is Georgia and, along with four other grandchildren and one daughter of Jean’s, we are taking part in the Light up the Night event in memory of our Grandma and Mum.

Jean was diagnosed as terminally ill with cancer early last year and got taken in to the East Cheshire Hospice in September as her respite. Within her stay at the Hospice, Jean fell in love with the place, especially the staff and the food. Jean also loved the Jacuzzi bath (with a cheeky glass of Vimto) and all the pampering which was given to her whilst she stayed at the Hospice. When visiting Jean, all of her loved ones saw how happy and vibrant she was because of the way the staff were looking after her. After being discharged, Jean continued to go to the Sunflower Centre at the Hospice every Tuesday and thoroughly enjoyed the painting, getting her hair done and going to Reiki therapy.

The reason we have chosen to take part in this event is because we know how proud our Grandma/Mum would be of us for doing this and raising money for this very worthy cause. The way that the staff helped Jean was amazing and we want to do all we can to thank them so taking part in this event is a way for us to remember our Grandma/Mum but also raise money for the Hospice to help carry on the amazing care that they give to every patient in need.

Art Fair 2019 – Volunteers

Art Fair Cheshire is on the lookout for volunteers to help at two special events to mark its 20th anniversary.

An exhibition at Macclesfield Town Hall (Thurs, Sept 26 to Thurs, Oct 3) will celebrate two decades of exhibiting and selling art for East Cheshire Hospice.

Highlights include artist-led tours, evening gallery events, plus guest speakers and workshops.

Volunteers have already come forward but more are needed to help as stewards, on reception and assist catering.

Stewards are also required for a major new artwork entitled Gathering which goes on display at the Mansion in Tatton Park from June 28 to Sept 29.

This spectacular installation will see red velvet and barbed wire suspended in the Mansion’s grand rotunda.

Artist Susie MacMurray has been collaborating with Hospice volunteers to create the thousands of individual elements, a project inspired partly by memories, mortality and loss.

Camilla Crockett, the Hospice’s Corporate and Community Relationships Manager, said: “Art Fair Cheshire is recognised as one of the region’s leading art events and has contributed more than £200,000 to the Hospice.

“Volunteers and potential sponsors are asked to come forward for both events. Helpers don’t necessarily need to know about art and all that matters is a desire to help the Hospice.”

Art Fair Cheshire, co-chaired by Steven Dalton and Georgie Johnson, has a new website

* Interested volunteers/sponsors can visit

Walking for Lucy

A group of family and friends will be walking to light up the night in honour of a “phenomenal” individual.

The 13-strong group will be taking part in East Cheshire Hospice Light Up the Night Walk, formerly known as the Starlight Walk, in memory of Lucy Nicholls who spent her final days at the Hospice in February 2018.

Lucy, from Macclesfield, was a Coaching Development Officer for England Netball and was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the Autumn of 2016.

Her friend, Esme Pogue, says the walk is a special event on a range of levels.

“There’s a great sense of community which comes from everyone taking part whether they’ve lost someone or not,” says Esme. “The walk generates our own thoughts and memories of our loved ones and we are able to do something together to support each other.

“It’s also just a beautiful walk – very lovely and peaceful,” she adds.

The walk through the grounds of Capesthone Hall takes place at dusk on the evening of Friday April 5 and alongside the walk, there will be music, entertainment, food and drink and the evening will come to a spectacular end with a firework display to Light Up The Night.

The group will include members of Lucy’s family including father Geoff and step-mum Carolyn along with her brother Benjamin and sister Emily, as well as some former school friends from Fallibroome Academy in Macclesfield.

“We all did the walk last year which was only a couple of months after Lucy passed away. Although it was emotionally challenging, it was really important to have that special time together to remember her,” says Esme.

“We raised almost £2500 on that walk so we had no hesitation in signing up to help raise some funds again for such a good cause. The staff at the Hospice were incredible and brought a lot of comfort to her family at such a difficult time,” says Esme who has set up an online fundraising page at or people can also donate via text: text ELCN72 with the amount i.e. £5 to 70070.

Heather Broadbent’s Around the World Challenge

Landscape gardener Heather Broadbent is preparing for her ultimate adventure – sailing round the world!

The mum of two is taking to the high seas as one of the crew of a 70-foot ocean racing yacht in the Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race.

Heather will travel 40,000 nautical miles on her epic 11-month voyage from August.

The route from England takes her via South America, South Africa, Australia, China and the USA.

Heather is raising funds for East Cheshire Hospice and hopes to raise one pound for every miletravelled.

Heather, from Disley, is supporting the Hospice after it cared for her late husband Adam (45) who died of cancer in 2013.

Heather said: “The Clipper Race is for amateurs and I’m a sailing novice. I’ve been into boats all my life but nothing like this, I’ve loved every minute out on the water since I started my formal training, although I did get horrible seasickness one night when I was disoriented.”

“I was 50 last April and realised it was my time for an adventure. It’s the most dangerous, exciting and terrifying thing I’ll have done and I’m quite nervous.”

“At first I was considering doing only one of the eight legs, just the one across the Atlantic but then decided to sign up for all of it. The hardest part will be being away from family but my two daughters are now grown up and they are both very supportive.”

“My dad Bob is a charter skipper in the Isle of Man taking wildlife and bird-watching trips and after spending his life on the water he’s looking forward to hearing about my adventure.”

Heather is trying to raise £40,000 specifically for the charity’s popular Hospice @ Home service that was set up in 2017.

Heather said: “Hospice @ Home wasn’t around when Adam was a patient at the Hospice and this amazing service would have been an enormous help caring for him. I want to raise awareness and any sponsors will be directly helping the Hospice.”

Heather and her friends have already raised £100,000 for the Hospice and The Christie from themed events.


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