East Cheshire Hospice

Posted on July 1, 2009 in Ronnie's News

East Cheshire Hospice

The reason we are getting involved in the East Cheshire Hospice fund raising is simple. They do a fantastic job for adults with life-limiting illnesses from which there is no cure and supports those important to them. They offer their services for free and, and with less than 23% of their costs met by government, they need to fundraise over £5,500 every single day of the year just to keep going.

The Macclesfield Express has been running its Caring For Our Future Appeal for the Hospice for a number of months and I know there is a great deal of activity from Maxonians dedicated to raising money for this. The effort from me and my colleagues is hopefully going to be yet another decent contribution to this very worthwhile cause. The work East Cheshire Hospice does is extremely demanding and you have to simply respect and admire the people who work there. It takes special people to work there and the demands on their time and let’s face it emotions must be immense. I know I couldn’t do it, but I do know I can find ways to help financially. Our Three Peaks Challenge is the first of our efforts towards this. It certainly won’t be our last.

So far our online efforts are not keeping up with the off line pledges we are receiving. I hope that the Macc Express article this week gives this a boost. We will also be creating a raffle with a host of great prizes from clothes to booze to flowers to hairdressing and makeovers with all the proceeds going to the Hospice. We are also allowing people to give us straight cash, cheque or even credit card donations at the bar.

The training this week took myself and Martin Holmes to Scafell Pike in the Lake District. The English leg of the challenge we were told is the most demanding. And it proved to be that. A very commendable 4 hour bottom to top to bottom trip took its toll on me and I’m aching a lot today, but it was exhilarating all the same. I know we can meet the physical demands because we are driven to achieving it, the biggest obstacle to completing the 24 hour objective is the travelling in between the peaks. Scafell Pike is in a remote part of The Lakes, its 90 minutes away from a decent motorway (if there is such a thing). But where there’s a will. Anyway the link again if you wish to donate online is www.justgiving.com/ronnies .

The top of Scafell Pike looks pretty similar to the top of Snowdon if you ask me because the cloud prevents you from seeing very far as this picture of me and Martin at the top demonstrates….
scafell summit1 website

So if you’d prefer to donate off line you can do it at the bar either by straight donation or by buying raffle tickets. So as well as donating here are the other reasons why Ronnie’s is the place to be over the next few days…..

Today sees the launch of our new menu. We have left all the favourites like the burger (they simply are the best in Macc) and the Falafel but added Beer (Peroni if you must know) Battered Fresh Cod with handcut chips, homemade tartar sauce and a mint pea puree and Goat’s Cheese & Poppy Seed with Tabouli Salad. All freshly prepared and guaranteed to be served on time and part of our drive to eliminate mediocrity from this town. And to add to your enjoyment of this we are offering a free bottle of house wine with any two main courses. Served Monday to Saturday from 12 noon ‘til 9 at night it really is a great place to eat.

And tonight we have Brighty and Benjo String (well Ben you did suggest the name!) spinning the tunes for you. Tomorrow we have Paul Hibbert and Mr Rylan and on Saturday we have Steve Mack. In other words our usual line up of DJs playing their eclectic mix of extraordinarily superb music. Sunday sees two bands featuring the superb Helen Walford. First up are A Boy Called Doris and then Dead River Disco. It will be brilliant believe me. And the live music is ably supported by the fantastic gourmet BBQ from 2pm.

Also next Wednesday we have Skinless Finger performing live in the courtyard. Hopefully you can join ma and the other three intrepid conquerors of the three peaks (because we should have done it by then) for a celebratory drink or two and enjoy this exciting new band at the same time. We’ll also be drawing the raffle.

See you soon.

Ronnie

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