Fur­ni­ture fund

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

GEN­ER­OUS staff at As­traZeneca have given more than £16,000 to East Cheshire Hospice by buy­ing sur­plus of­fice fur­ni­ture.

Of­fice fur­ni­ture that is no longer needed has been sold in two gi­ant sales and all the pro­ceeds do­nated to the hospice.

Graeme Bris­tow, the man­ager of As­traZeneca’s Alder­ley Park site, said: “It’s just great that we have been able to help them raise funds.

“I’m re­ally grate­ful to the team on site, led by Annabelle Hen­drick, who made this hap­pen and the staff who joined in and bought fur­ni­ture.

“It’s cer­tainly go­ing to a wor­thy cause.”

At two sales last month, more than 300 staff bought over 500 pieces of of­fice fur­ni­ture, in­clud­ing desks, chairs, pedestals, meet­ing ta­bles, fil­ing cab­i­nets, meet­ing ta­bles, coat stands and pin boards.

Staff were asked to make do­na­tions for the fur­ni­ture and queues formed ahead of doors open­ing on the day of the first sale.

East Cheshire Hospice’s events fundraiser Camilla Crock­ett said: “The hospice is so grate­ful for As­traZeneca’s con­tin­ued support.

“It took a lot of time and ef­fort to en­sure the sale was such a suc­cess and we have been over­whelmed by the hard work shown by ev­ery­one in­volved.

“The amount raised is ab­so­lutely stag­ger­ing.” ●● MORE than 9,000 East Cheshire Hospice sup­port­ers will learn what has been achieved at the hospice when they re­ceive this year’s im­pact re­port.

The re­port of­fers a snap­shot of care East Cheshire Hospice pro­vides and in­cludes up­dates on new ser­vices and pa­tients’ tes­ti­mo­ni­als.

Ma­tron Emma Dixon said it is ‘in­spir­ing’ and shows how peo­ple’s do­na­tions have helped to make ev­ery day count for pa­tients and fam­i­lies.

“Last year was an ex­cit­ing year be­cause we cel­e­brated our 25th an­niver­sary,” she added.

“The re­port looks back at this and shares in­spi­ra­tional sto­ries about the care pro­vided.

“It was an ex­cep­tional year for us. We sup­ported more pa­tients and fam­ily mem­bers than ever be­fore, and they ac­cessed a wide range of ser­vices such as symp­tom man­age­ment, com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies, art ther­apy and Liv­ing Well pro­grammes.”

To re­ceive a copy of the im­pact re­port, visit www.eastcheshire hospice.org.uk/im­pact or call 01625 610364.

●● From left, pa­tient Sarah Shack­le­ton-Lamptey and art ther­a­pist Fay Mitchell at the Sun­flower Cen­tre, run by East Cheshire Hospice

●● As­traZeneca staff Katie Leach, Greta Timms and Graeme Bris­tow, with Camilla Crock­ett, of East Cheshire Hospice, and As­traZeneca’s Annabelle Hen­drick, who or­gan­ised the sales

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