The ingenuity of staff and residents at Beechwood Lodge, Norden scooped huge rewards for Springhill Hospice this week, with Rochdale’s 16 bed palliative care facility receiving an amazing donation of £1,000. Springhill’s Community Support Fundraising, Kate Bennetta met with Mary Crossley, Beechwood’s Manager, Gina Wilson, Activity Co-ordinator and 94 year old resident Lillian. “It’s the first time I’d been into Beechwood, what a beautiful place and the reception I received from everyone there was amazing”, said Kate.
The 44 residents put on a summer fair for friends and family, deciding to donate the proceeds to Springhill in memory of local lad Dean Wharmby who recently passed away at the Hospice. Along with the usual activities, of a tombola, homebake, a raffle, hook a duck and entertainment from singer Paul Kenny, the residents combined creative therapy and produced from their garden by making lavender bags and selling them at the fair.
“The staff and residents have done an excellent job, they rallied local businesses to provide prizes, made their own crafts and homebake and provided a great day’s entertainment. 44 Residents and their families raising £1,000 is outstanding, we’re so very grateful to them all” added Kate.
Abbie Taylor and Paul Stone – Greater Manchester Cycle
13 miles on a bike and still smiling, the lovely 8 year Abbie Taylor, along with Granddad Paul Stone, ignored the torrential rain and pedalled their way around the Greater Manchester Cycle. This flush but happy duo raised miles of smiles and lots of money, donating the fabulous sum of £113 to Springhill Hospice.