A woman made an MBE thought she’d received a speeding ticket when an official-looking letter arrived in the post.
“I thought I’d been clobbered for speeding!” said Rosie Spiegelberg, 71, from Little Budworth, who is a founder member of Winsford-based St Luke’s Hospice, which provides care for terminally-ill patients and their families.
And Mrs Spiegelberg, who is married to Bill, has a special reason for helping St Luke’s – she was widowed at 30 when her first husband died of cancer.
An excited Mrs Spiegelberg, who has raised thousands of pounds for the hospice, said: “I just can’t believe it. It’s such an honour!
“I still pinch myself and think: is this an amazing dream?
“I just wish everyone at the hospice could receive it. It’s not just me, it’s everybody. I am very, very honoured.
“When we started we didn’t have a building,” added Mrs Spiegelberg, who recalls the hospice movement was in its infancy when she got involved 25 years ago.
Today the hospice provides a homely environment with complementary therapies, bereavement counselling and family support as well as a thriving education department.
The majority of patients at St Luke’s have cancer and many are older people but tragically there are some who need end-of-life care in their 20s. Children tend to go to hospices specifically for young people.
Mrs Spiegelberg is joint patron of the hospice along with Lady Cholmondeley who has been a huge supporter over the years and has hosted many fundraising events at Cholmondeley Castle.