Hav­ing a ball to give hos­pice what it wants

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

ACA­SUAL chat in the back of a taxi turned life up­side down for one busi­ness­woman. On her way to a char­ity event, com­pany di­rec­tor Jayne Carter chat­ted with her friends about how prizes at such events were too of­ten aimed at men and not ‘what women want’ at all.

Within days, Jayne and her four friends had set up the What Women Want com­mit­tee aimed at rais­ing funds for East Cheshire Hos­pice.

Now al­most six years on, the com­mit­tee has raised more than £130,000 for the hos­pice with plans for their 2015 What Women Want Ball well un­der way.

But it’s a trip next month to the hos­pice laun­dry that the ladies are most look­ing for­ward to, af­ter rais­ing the £20,000 needed to re­place all the old wash­ing ma­chines, dry­ers and irons needed on a daily ba­sis

“It’s just bril­liant to see the money we’ve raised be­ing put to such prac­ti­cal use”, said com­mit­tee chair­per­son Jayne.

“Of course I’m very proud of what we have achieved as a com­mit­tee, but re­ally we get fan­tas­tic sup­port from the whole com­mu­nity and sur­round­ing ar­eas ev­ery year to help us achieve our fundrais­ing tar­gets.”

Jayne, a com­pany di­rec­tor with Red­mont Pack­ag­ing, took part in the Lon­don Marathon and also the gru­elling 12-mile ob­sta­cle course, Tough Mud­der, in her own per­sonal fundrais­ing quest for the char­ity.

“In Oc­to­ber 2009, when my mum needed the hos­pice, I ex­pe­ri­enced at first hand the level of care and sup­port pro­vided for all the fam­ily,” she said.

“The hos­pice gives peo­ple back their dig­nity and re­stores calm­ness into what can be very dif­fi­cult times in peo­ple’s lives. Noth­ing is too much trou­ble for the peo­ple that work there and that’s why we all just love rais­ing this money.”

Jayne’s fundrais­ing col­leagues are HR man­ager Jo Mill­ward, work place­ment of­fi­cer Julie Barnes, and hos­pice em­ploy­ees Elaine Burgess, an ad­min­is­tra­tor, and nurse Jill Hard­ing. but we all get tremen­dous job sat­is­fac­tion.”

Her col­league Su­san agrees.

“It’s a fab­u­lous place to work with a great at­mos­phere”, she said.

“I love go­ing around the wards chat­ting to the pa­tients. No two days are ever the same”.

All three ladies are ea­gerly await­ing the ar­rival of the new equip­ment, which is due to be in­stalled next month.

●● Mem­bers of the What Women Want com­mit­tee (from left) Julie Barnes, Jayne Carter, Jo Mill­ward, Elaine Burgess and Jill Hard­ing

●● Laun­dry worker Su­san Ox­ley load­ing up the wash­ing ma­chines

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