Barn Bash Birds fly­ing high with soar­ing to­tal

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

DE­CEM­BER may not ex­actly be the month for think­ing about danc­ing in barns, but that’s ex­actly what six Mac­cles­field friends are do­ing.

The six pals, known col­lec­tively as the Barn Bash Birds, are hop­ing the sea­son of good­will will spur on some lo­cal businesses to come for­ward as early spon­sors for an­other fundrais­ing event for East Cheshire Hospice.

This week the group pre­sented an as­ton­ish­ing £18,330 cheque to the hospice, three months af­ter or­gan­is­ing their first ever char­ity barn dance at Sy­mond­ley Farm in Sut­ton. Now they’re look­ing to gauge in­ter­est for an­other event in 2017.

“We’ve never done any­thing like this be­fore and we thought our tar­get of £7,500, which would pay for the hospice ser­vices for one day, was high enough,” says Katie Hank­in­son from the group.

“We never thought for a sec­ond that we’d get so much sup­port from businesses, groups and friends and now we’re hop­ing to cre­ate a mail­ing list to as­sess in­ter­est in future events.”

The six friends – Katie Hank­in­son, Jen­nie Par­don, Vic Jack­son, Kerry Ward, Sarah Dale and Emma Dixon – wanted to raise the money be­cause of the care and love given by the hospice to their loved ones and spent six months of hard work clear­ing and clean­ing out the barn and in­stalling light­ing and sound for the event. And with Emma and Sarah also work­ing at the hospice, the group knew the im­por­tance of ev­ery penny raised.

“Spon­sor­ship sup­port helped us to en­sure as much money as pos­si­ble went to the hospice and, with 300 tick­ets sell­ing out within two hours, we knew we’d done some­thing right,” said Katie. “We’ll re-group in the new year to decide on any future events and we’d be re­ally in­ter­ested to hear from any businesses or in­di­vid­u­als who might be in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ing an event.”

Any businesses who would like to help can con­tact the pals at barn­bash­birds@gmail. com.

Daisy Ward (front) with, from left, Karyn John­ston, hospice in­come gen­er­a­tion di­rec­tor, Emma Dixon, Sarah Dale, Katie Hank­in­son, Vic Jack­son, Kerry Ward, Jen­nie Par­don and Lisa Ball, hospice com­mu­nity fundraiser

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