Fundrais­ers keep rais­ing the bar

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

YOU name it – they’ve done it.

From row­ing, duck­rac­ing and jump­ing out of planes to the more se­date ac­tiv­i­ties of singing and cake-mak­ing, the East Cheshire Hos­pice com­mu­nity fundrais­ers are a re­source­ful bunch.

Rais­ing more than £450,000 ev­ery year, groups and in­di­vid­u­als from the east Cheshire area are a vi­tal cog in the hos­pice’s fundrais­ing en­gine.

Newly ap­pointed to head up the com­mu­nity fundrais­ing ef­forts is 21-year-old Lisa Ball who doesn’t un­der-es­ti­mate the power of com­mu­nity sup­port.

“The hos­pice has been a big part of the east Cheshire com­mu­nity for nearly 30 years now, car­ing for those with life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses.

“Year af­ter year, dozens of groups and in­di­vid­u­als give up their spare time to help us con­tinue that work by rais­ing funds – of­ten in quite in­ven­tive ways,” said Lisa.

And with £7,500 needed to run the hos­pice ev­ery day, ev­ery penny raised makes a dif­fer­ence by help­ing east Cheshire pa­tients and their fam­i­lies who use the hos­pice ser­vices.

“We keep on think­ing of new ways to in­volve our lo­cal com­mu­nity,” said Lisa.

“And I must say we all en­joyed the great suc­cess of this year’s vir­tual bal­loon race, which was a new on­line way of fundrais­ing.

“At­tract­ing more than 650 en­tries, it was a fun and easy way for peo­ple to get in­volved.”

Along with in­di­vid­ual fundrais­ers, schools and groups also get reg­u­larly in­volved – all usu­ally hav­ing fun while rais­ing the much-needed cash.

The hos­pice now has six fundrais­ing sup­port groups with the lat­est one, Con­gle­ton, start­ing this year.

These net­works of lo­cal vol­un­teers raise money on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and also play a vi­tal role in help­ing to raise aware­ness of the work of the hos­pice in their neigh­bour­hoods.

Also spread­ing a tune­ful mes­sage is the Clar­i­tas Choir, who per­formed their 10th an­niver­sary con­cert at the week­end.

The choir hold reg­u­lar fundrais­ing con­certs and mem­bers come from through­out the lo­cal area, many hav­ing a strong con­nec­tion with the hos­pice – ei­ther mem­bers of staff, those who have had rel­a­tives in the hos­pice or mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity who sim­ply want to show their sup­port.

Some groups rais­ing cash for the hos­pice of­ten start off with a one-off event and grow into some­thing much big­ger.

Fast be­com­ing a fundrais­ing high­light is the quiz night run by hos­pice vol­un­teer Ali­son Bram­mer.

Tak­ing place ev­ery quar­ter, the last quiz in Oc­to­ber raised more money than ever be­fore and Ali­son and her sup­port team are al­ready plan­ning their next one for St Pa­trick’s night in 2017.

Com­mu­nity fundraiser Lisa is also on the look-out for great events to be­come part of with other char­i­ties such as next month’s Tat­ton Yule Yomp – a 10k event which raises money for the hos­pice and two other char­i­ties.

This highly pop­u­lar event, which is now full for the race on De­cem­ber 11, at­tracts 1,000 run­ners and is set in the win­try sur­round­ings of Tat­ton Park.

Also com­ing up soon is one of the new­est com­mu­nity events – the Elf Run.

Re­plac­ing the Rein­deer Run which at­tracted more than 3,000 peo­ple last year and which raised £22,000 for the char­ity, this year’s run is bound to be a favourite with lo­cal groups and schools.

Elf hats are now be­ing dis­trib­uted and groups can pick their own run date and dis­tance.

Any schools or groups want­ing to take part should con­tact the com­mu­nity fundrais­ing team on 01625 433477 or email fundrais­ing@ echos­

“With less than 20 per cent of our run­ning costs cov­ered by the NHS, ev­ery sin­gle in­di­vid­ual or group who takes the time to raise money for us is mak­ing all the dif­fer­ence to pa­tients and their fam­i­lies dur­ing what can be re­ally dif­fi­cult times,” said Lisa.

Mem­bers of Ch­es­ti­cles, the win­ning team from Chess Tele­com who helped to raise a record £1,600 at the lat­est East Cheshire Hos­pice quiz night with quiz masters Mark Wat­son (far right) and Paul Mor­ris­sey (third right)

The new head of com­mu­nity fundrais­ing for East Cheshire Hos­pice, Lisa Ball, with chil­dren from Whee­lock Pri­mary School try­ing on their elf hats for size in prepa­ra­tion for this year’s Elf Run

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