1. Tarporley Cottage Hospital
Mike Gollings, owner of the Boot Inn for more than 20 years, presented Tarporley Cottage Hospital with a bottle of Haig whisky signed by David Beckham to raise money in memory of his late wife Caroline.
Karen Urmston, fundraising manager, and Alex Whitby, senior staff nurse, met with Mike to receive the gift which will be auctioned to raise money for the hospital which cared for his late wife when she suffered from ovarian cancer.
Mike said: “Tarporley Cottage Hospital provided exceptional care for Caroline during her battle with cancer and I am committed to raising money for this amazing hospital.
“The bottle of whisky was kindly given to me by our close friend Traci Maddock, whose grandmother was cared for at the hospital and who works for David Beckham.
“This is just the start of the fundraising I plan to do for the hospital in memory of Caroline.”
Karen Urmston said: “We are very grateful for Mike’s kind donation and we hope it will raise lots of money for the hospital.
“We are currently struggling for funding as we need to raise £700,000 each year to keep this local community hospital open.
“We have set up a tribute fund in memory of Caroline and donations to support can be made on www.tarporleyhospital.co.uk.”
2. Chester and District Samaritans
Chester and District Samaritans have launched their first ever fundraising car raffle in association with Mitchell Group.
Volunteers are selling £2 raffle tickets at shows and events across Cheshire this summer with the chance of winning taking a Skoda Citigo SE car.
All proceeds from the raffle will help keep the Chester and District Samaritan branch open and listening to those who need to talk.
Director Jane Howarth said: “More people than ever before need to talk and our branch helps to provide that confidential, listening ear. We are excited to work with Mitchell Group offering people the opportunity to win a brand new Citigo and delighted that the proceeds will help us to keep on supporting callers.”
Mitchell Group managing director Mark Mitchell said: “The work of the Samaritans both locally and nationally continues to offer life-changing support for those at their lowest and neediest.”
Venues where the car will be on display and raffle tickets are being sold include Mitchell Group showrooms at Cheshire Oaks, Wyevale Garden Centre Tarporley, Grosvenor Shopping Mall Chester, Greyhound Retail Park, Waterways Garden Centre, Capesthorne Hall Classic Car Show, Nantwich Show, Gordale Garden Centre, Chester Races, Chester Town Hall Square, Greyhound Retail Park, Broughton Retail Park and Oulton Park.
Full terms and conditions of the raffle can be found at: www.samaritans.org/branches/samaritans-chester-and-district.
3. Uniting Church in Garden Lane
The latest community coffee morning at The Uniting Church in Garden Lane was held in support of RNLI Lifeboats (Chester branch) and raised about £195 for the charity.
Bryan Hughes representing the RNLI gave a talk about the work of the lifeboat crews and showed slides and a short video film.
4. DIAL West Cheshire
Disabled shoppers in Chester have been given a boost thanks to a donation of £750 to DIAL West Cheshire from the Tesco Community Awards.
The donation will make a positive impact on the local disabled community through the purchase of a new mobility scooter at DIAL’s Shopmobility Service.
DIAL West Cheshire, which has been running Shopmobility in Chester since 2007, has become a key part of the local community in the West Cheshire area and has become renowned for its excellence in providing services which enable disabled people and older people to live sustained, independent lives.
Hannah Calley, store manager at the Tesco Chester store, said: “I am delighted we are supporting DIAL West Cheshire, it is a fantastic organisation doing brilliant work in Chester.”
5. McLintock’s Charity Golf League
Chester estate agents, bankers and lawyers played the third and final round of the McLintocks Charity Golf League 2015 to raise funds for Nightingale House Hospice.
This leg of the league got under way at Chester Golf Club and featured 18 teams and more than 30 golfers from BA Commercial, Jolliffe and Co, Illingworth Seddon, Allington Hughes Law, McLintocks Chartered Accountants, Aaron and Partners, Nat West, Barclays, Walker Smith Way, Handelsbanken, HSBC, DTM Legal and Knights LLP.
Players from the leading three teams were paired together in the final group and a successful round from last year’s winner Louie Middlehurst, of Allington Hughes, was enough to retain the much-coveted McLintocks trophy.
Mike Caputo, of McLintocks, and Jamie Hawley, of Aaron’s, put up a brave fight but were each just one point short to share equal second. The best round of the night came from Mike Baird of NatWest.