Birth­day in mem­ory of granny

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

BEN McDer­mott cel­e­brated his 10th birth­day by invit­ing class­mates and par­ents to a cof­fee morn­ing at Puss Bank School.

He wanted to raise aware­ness of East Cheshire Hospice which cared for his granny Stephanie Ra­m­age who died of lung cancer in Fe­bru­ary, aged 72.

Ben and mum Hep raised £1,000 for the char­ity af­ter tak­ing part in the re­cent Starlight Walk in mem­ory of Stephanie, a re­cep­tion­ist at Bond Street Vets for more than 10 years. Ben, from Mac­cles­field, said: “I was very close to my granny. She was spe­cial to us and cared for us even when she wasn’t well. The hospice looked af­ter her when she needed it and I know they rely on do­na­tions so I thought it’d be a good idea to raise money at school.”

Class­mate Jack Nadin is also aware of the hospice’s role in the com­mu­nity af­ter his late nanna, Anne Lack­ford was also a pa­tient. Hospice ad­vanced nurse prac­ti­tioner Sarah Dale and health care as­sis­tant Jill Hard­ing were also guests at the cof­fee morn­ing.

Matthew Cooper, the school’s learn­ing men­tor, said: “It’s been a priv­i­lege to work with Ben and to try to help him through a very dif­fi­cult time.

“I’ve sup­ported Ben from when his granny was di­ag­nosed and con­tinue to sup­port him now through the griev­ing process.

“My role is one of pas­toral sup­port and guid­ance for chil­dren.”

The late Stephanie Ra­m­age and grand­son Ben McDer­mott

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