Ladies lunch is a recipe for fundraising suc­cess

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

STAFF from East Cheshire Hos­pice swapped their uni­forms for high fash­ion out­fits for the an­nual Ladies Lunch held re­cently in Prest­bury.

Sarah Dale, Jill Hard­ing and JoanMarie Wil­liams took to the cat­walk to join other mod­els parad­ing fash­ion from three sup­port­ing fash­ion shops – Da­mand in Con­gle­ton, Wil­low in Alder­ley Edge and Knutsford and Fuzzy Goose from Chea­dle Hulme.

Around 115 ladies at­tended the ev­er­pop­u­lar an­nual lunch at the Bridge Ho­tel in Prest­bury help­ing to raise around £7,000 for the hos­pice.

As well as the fash­ion show, they also en­joyed a two-course lunch, shop­ping from 14 dif­fer­ent stalls, and mu­sic from pi­anist and singer-song­writer, Sally Caitlin.

The event was so suc­cess­ful that a fur­ther Ladies Lunch is now pen­cilled in for Tuesday, Septem­ber 12 at Mot­tram Hall.

“We are de­lighted that de­mand is so high for these lunches that we are hav­ing to hold more than one a year,” said events man­ager at the hos­pice, Jes­sica Ruth. Jes­sica puts much of the suc­cess down to the hard work of some of the hos­pice vol­un­teers who worked be­hind-the-scenes for sev­eral months in the run-up to the lunch.

“These events are so pop­u­lar but re­quire a lot of hard work be­hind the scenes,” she said.

“Three vol­un­teers – Sharon Ron­nie, Ginny Blunt and Jo Dal­ton – worked for weeks to pull this all to­gether and we can’t thank them enough.”

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the next Ladies Lunch in Septem­ber will be on the hos­pices’ new web­site soon.

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