Leah puts the hos­pice cen­tre stage

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

FROM a life of tread­ing the boards to a packed timetable of events, the new­est re­cruit at East Cheshire Hos­pice has had any­thing but a quiet life.

Leah Good­hind from Rainow has just taken up her new po­si­tion as com­mu­nity fundrais­ing of­fi­cer at the char­ity and is ex­cited to be plan­ning a host of ac­tiv­i­ties that will gen­er­ate in­come for the Mac­cles­field hos­pice.

Leah trained in mu­si­cal theatre at the Guild­ford School of Act­ing – whose alumni in­cludes Bill Nighy, Michael Ball and Brenda Blethyn.

While liv­ing in Guild­ford, Leah also spent time teach­ing young peo­ple singing, danc­ing and drama.

And it’s these skills which she thinks will come in use­ful in her new role.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to work­ing with schools,” says 27-year-old Leah, “Talk­ing to young peo­ple about our work here is so im­por­tant.

“There was a time in my life when I thought noth­ing could ever re­place mu­sic and per­form­ing, but I’m lov­ing work­ing with the hos­pice and get­ting out in the com­mu­nity and meet­ing ev­ery­one who sup­ports us”

eah still man­ages to put on a good show as she con­tin­ues a week­end job of en­ter­tain­ing young chil­dren at par­ties by dress­ing up as Elsa from the film Frozen.

“It’s amaz­ing how pop­u­lar that film role is with chil­dren and it gives me a chance to put my train­ing to good use,” she says.

And she hasn’t lost touch with the world of mu­si­cal theatre.

Her part­ner, Will Breckin, has had ma­jor roles in West End shows such as Dirty Danc­ing and Char­lotte’s Web.

Leah has been work­ing at the hos­pice since March, ini­tially in the Sup­porter Care Team, and says she is sur­rounded by ‘to­tally in­spir­ing’ peo­ple.

You can con­tact Leah about com­mu­nity fundrais­ing events on 01625 665691.

●● Leah Good­hind in her chil­dren’s party out­fit, as Elsa from Frozen

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