Birthday in memory of granny
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