Fundrais­ers show their true colours

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

SUM­MER fun in the sun took on a dis­tinctly yel­low hue for one Macclesfield fam­ily.

Whilst hol­i­day­ing in the Al­garve, Por­tu­gal, Sarah Dale con­vinced all 11 mem­bers of her fam­ily to don yel­low cloth­ing to help sup­port the East Cheshire Hospice Yel­low Day cam­paign.

A Yel­low Day fundraiser is de­signed to bring a lit­tle sun­shine into any daily rou­tine – from wear­ing yel­low socks to hold­ing a lemon suck­ing com­pe­ti­tion – as long as it’s fun, raises money for the hospice and in­volves the colour yel­low.

Sarah, an ad­vanced nurse prac­ti­tioner at the hospice, says her fam­ily’s Yel­low Day was a prac­ti­cal and ef­fec­tive way of mak­ing a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to the hospice.

Sarah, 39, said: “As a nurse work­ing at the hospice ev­ery day, I know how dif­fi­cult it can be for fam­i­lies and pa­tients as they face the loss of a loved one. We laugh, we cry and sup­port each other.

‘‘We are al­ways look­ing for ways to pro­vide our ser­vices free to the peo­ple who need them and that means rais­ing vi­tal funds – whether it be pen­nies or pounds, even a lit­tle helps a lot of fam­i­lies.

“I work with an amaz­ing team of nurses, doc­tors, vol­un­teers, fundrais­ers, cater­ing, and house­keep­ing staff that make ev­ery day count for our coura­geous pa­tients and their fam­i­lies at a time when they des­per­ately need help.”

Sarah has taken part in sev­eral fundrais­ing events for the hospice, in­clud­ing the re­cent Bub­ble Rush, and says she is even “con­sid­er­ing” the sky-div­ing event in July.

Fundrais­ing of­fi­cer Camilla Crock­ett says the cam­paign has been hugely suc­cess­ful with more than 3,000 peo­ple tak­ing part since it was launched a year ago.

She added: “We’ve had schools, nurs­eries, busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als tak­ing part.

‘‘The idea is a very sim­ple one, ev­ery­one is in­vited to hold a yel­low day at work, school, with friends or fam­ily – and each yel­low day can hap­pen, when, how and where they like.

There’s more in­for­ma­tion about Yel­low Days on the East Cheshire Hospice web­site eastcheshire­hos­pice.org. uk/yel­low­day

●● Sarah Dale (fourth from left) with her ‘yel­low’ fam­ily on hol­i­day in Por­tu­gal

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