Guides offer a helping hand to hospice

AWARENESS: Burbage and St Annes Guides with 1st Buxton Rangers bag packing for the East Cheshire Hospice. Photo submitted.

AWARENESS: Burbage and St Annes Guides with 1st Buxton Rangers bag packing for the East Cheshire Hospice. Photo submitted.

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A month of fundraising has seen Burbage and St Anne’s Guides, together with the First Buxton Rangers, raise over £1,300 for the East Cheshire Hospice.

The girls raised essential funds as well as awareness of the hospice in memory of two very special people, the mum of Guide Leader Lesley Crowther and the mum of Gary Hobons, who were cared for by the staff at the hospice.

“The girls were amazing. They give up so much of their time to help not only help raise essential funds for the East Cheshire Hospice but awareness for the fantastic work the hospice does. I am so proud of them,” said Lesley.

The Macclesfield hospice provides special care for adults suffering from life-limiting illnesses for which there is no cure.

Staffed by specialist nurses, doctors and support staff, they have a 15-bed in-patient unit where patients can stay for end-of-life care, rehabilitation, symptom control or respite care.

The hospice also has a busy day care centre which helps local people continue to live independently at home.

Supported by over 600 volunteers, East Cheshire Hospice cares for people throughout East Cheshire and parts of North Derbyshire.

A registered charity, all of their services are free to patients.

However, the hospice receives less than 23 per cent of their annual costs from government and has to fundraise almost £6,000 every day to maintain its current service.