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Hospice Parade launches From Silver to Gold appeal in Chester

More than one hundred local people turned up for a parade through the City of Chester on Thursday 28th April to launch the Hospice of the Good Shepherd’s From Silver to Gold Appeal.


Those taking part joined staff from the Hospice and included a group of children from Eaton Primary School, local businesses such as M&S Bank, NatWest and MBNA as well as the Hospice’s steadfast volunteers.


To the beat of the drum the parade of people from young to old demonstrated their support for the Hospice, which started from the Town Hall, then proceeded through St. Werburgh’s Street and Eastgate Street and finally finished at the Town Hall, celebrating the Hospice’s past 25 years to the next 25 years through an elaborate and colourful display of costumes, music and placards.


During the parade the Chester Town Crier announced to on-lookers the Hospice of the Good Shepherd’s £2.2 million From Silver to Gold Appeal that will double the size of their existing building located at Backford in Chester.


The new build, hoped to be complete by the end of 2016 comes 25 years after the Hospice first opened its doors to patients. The local community are being asked to support the appeal in its final phase to raise the remaining £460,000.


Guests were then invited to celebrate the launch with refreshments in the Town Hall where Kelsborrow Choir also delivered uplifting songs ahead of their Diamond Celebration with Roberts Bakery Band at Chester Cathedral on 7th May.


Steve Hoy, Chief Executive of the Hospice presented the plans for the future of the Hospice and gave a heartfelt thanks to everybody for their dedication and commitment, he said, “Without the passion, commitment and hard work of our local community and businesses over the past 25 years the Hospice would not have been able to support the thousands of local people it has.” He continued, “The new building will be attached to the present hospice building and will allow us to extend and accommodate all our Day Therapy activities, including a new café and physiotherapy room. We are appealing to the local community to support us and to help us grow your local hospice!”


Eilish Trow, from Ellesmere Port knows only too well how important hospice care is after losing her beloved sister, Bridie to lung cancer seven years ago only a year after the loss of her mum to cancer.


Eilish recalls fond memories of her family, she said, “Bridie was my best friend and even though there was a twenty year age gap between us, she always looked out for me. One incident I particularly remember was when I had missed the bus to go to an interview; she paid for a taxi even though she had three children of her own to support. I was sixteen years old and I got that job! We shared lots of happy memories for which I am grateful, but they will never be enough to fill the great void her loss has left in my life.”


She added, “During this time the chapel at the Hospice was a great comfort to me, especially as I could go whenever I wanted and also enjoy the beauty of the garden where we had a rose planted in memory of Bridie and my mum. I am grateful for the love and support I received from the Hospice at a very difficult time. This has given me the impetus to support the Hospice so that the service they give can continue towards other families who need their kindness.”


You can support the Hospice of the Good Shepherd From Silver to Gold Appeal in a number of ways, from organising an event, taking a challenge or ‘buying a virtual brick’. Find out more at the hospice website www.hospicegs.com where you can order your fundraising pack.