Midcheshire Independent Issue 165

MAY 2024 2 No part of this publicationmay be used or reproduced without the express permission of the publisher. Every effort is made to ensure that the articles and advertisements that are carried are authentic, however the publisher accepts no responsibility for claims made. © Investors in Publishing Ltd 2024. This newspaper is publishedmonthly by Investors in Publishing, Publishing House, 3 Bridgebank Industrial Estate,Taylor Street, Horwich, Bolton BL6 7PD. 01204 478812 EDITOR Ged Henderson ged@hendersonnewsandmedia.com CONTACT JayneMeadowcroft 01204 478812 07703 045189 jayne@independentnewspapers.co.uk ADVERTISING Robin Atkins 07767 840274 robin@cheshireindependent.co.uk CONTACT US EAST Cheshire Hos- pice has revealed it now needs to find a staggering £9,362 a day to keep its doors open. The daily cost represents a near 25 per cent increase on the previous figure of £7,500. The new total, calculated on average costs over the last five years, excludes the 21 per cent of income received from government. That percentage has risen from 17 per cent but the charity says that it is still “well below” the 30 per cent hospices receive on average nationally from public funds. A new report has revealed that hospices across the UK are facing a £77million fund- ing deficit. East Cheshire’s slight rise in NHS support is due to the extra community services it now provides. The hospice has also calcu- lated that a single overnight stay in its inpatient unit costs £740. The increases are due to a combination of factors. The cost of providing care has gone up, as have energy bills and staff wages, with the hos- pice committed to matching NHS salaries. The cost of equipment and building maintenance has also risen as part of the nation’s cost-of-living crisis. The £7,500 figure needed daily also excluded the char- ity’s popular Hospice@Home service, which started in 2017. The total cost of running the hospice, which provides more services than ever before, is around £5.6million a year. ST MARY’S Church in Acton will host an evening of musical entertain- ment in aid of the Mary’s Meals charity. Taking place on Satur- day May 25 at 7pm, the concert will feature Mary’s Meals musicians who will be performing a mix of both THE 26th annual Nant- wich Jazz, Blues and Music Festival was a big hit with concert-goers. Taking place over the Easter bank holiday weekend and featured more than150 gigs at pubs, restaurants and other sites across Nantwich. It attracted both local tal- ent and renowned artists from around the UK and beyond, making it a popular event for jazz enthusiasts and music lovers alike. The Studio nightclub hosted two free entry fund-raising concerts during the festival to raise vital cash in aid of The Christie hospital. The fundraising concerts took place on the first and second days of the festival and featured ‘Ultra 90s vs 2000s’, who performed dance anthems from the 90s and 00s and Queen tribute ‘QE2’, who re-create the live magic of Queen. The total amount raised from the two fundraising concerts was £836.68. Nigel Woodhouse, director of opera- tions at The Studio, said: “We really look forward to hosting our charity events every year at the festival. The Christie is a charity we can all relate to.” The cost of caring £9,362 a day to keep hospice open Care: East Cheshire Hospice is providing more services than ever (Photo credit: ECH) more up to date, reflecting the scale of the challenge we face in difficult economic times.” Cheshire business owner Ben Simpkin saw how he could help the hospice during visits to see his late father. He donated two sophisti- cated medical trolleys, prod- ucts his company supplies to hospitals and health centres. He felt it was the least he could do for the way they looked after his father, Howard, who died of pancreatic cancer in September, aged 79. Ben is managing director of MS Group, a holding com- pany trading also as Zarges Medical UK. It supplies the medical industry with furni- ture and storage equipment. He is following in the foot- steps of his dad who set up the company in 1978 and lived in Adlington. Ben said: “The way the hospice cared for my dad was unbelievable. They couldn’t have done any more or been any nicer. I can’t repay them for what they did, but it made sense to help them with any little contribution we can.” Helen Henshaw, manager of the Hospice’s Sunflower Liv- ing Well Centre, said: “Ben’s generosity not only honours his father’s memory but also contributes significantly to our ability to offer compas- sionate, high-quality care.” The modernised Sunflower Living Well Centre will have the capacity to support 400 individual and family mem- bers each week, more than twice the previous number. Importantly, the complex will allow more than one ser- vice to run at any one time, giving further scope to han- dle the changing complexity of healthcare needs. Rachel Allcock, the hos- pice’s income generation direc- tor, said: “The fact we need to raise £9,362 a day to run the hospice emphasises more than ever the need to continue to generate funds. “The amazing goodwill and generosity of the public, our corporate supporters and our hard- working staff and vol- unteers keeps us going and we thank them sincerely for their ongoing support. “The model used to calcu- late our costs allows us to update the figures easily. “We deliver a lot more ser- vices than we did before so the sum we need to raise is far A musical menu for meals charity Concert venue: St Mary’s in Acton Festival hits the high notes Centre stage: The festival attracted large crowds (Photo credit: Studio Nantwich) traditional and modern music. Mary’s Meals is a charity serving life-changing school meals to some of the world’s poorest children. Concert tickets are £10 and available from Stephan 0773 1800663 and also at ‘Tea at the Tower’ at the church, every Sunday afternoon between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. A church spokesperson said: “We extend a warm invitation and invite you to help us to support this wonderful chil- dren’s charity.” Mary’s Meals currently feeds more than 2.4 million children each school day and operates in some of the poorest countries around the world. THE mayor of Knutsford welcomed more than 90 guests to his charity ball at Cottons Hotel and Spa. The evening was a huge success and raised more than £5,000 for Councillor Peter Coan’s chosen charities – the UK Men’s Sheds Association and Knutsford GROW. He said: “I would like to thank everyone who supported this incredible evening of fundraising. Rais- ing so much for these two great causes was truly one of the highlights of my year serving as your town mayor.” Mayor has a ball Civic guests: The mayor of Knutsford’s charity ball was a big hit