At StairBox, contributing to our local community is extremely important to us. This year, we have been raising funds for a special local charity close to our hearts: The East Cheshire Hospice. Based in Macclesfield, the charity ‘is a warm and welcoming space for adults facing life limiting illness’, who take great care of and provide total support to patients and their loved ones.
So far, StairBox have undertaken several fundraising activities including ‘The Ultimate Peak District Challenge’. Most recently, our staff have volunteered to help with the build of the hospice’s brand new Serenity Garden which is nearing completion.
The Serenity Garden – a place of peace for patients and their loved ones
East Cheshire Hospice began transforming their courtyard as part of their pledge to become more sustainable in 2022, creating ‘The Serenity Garden’. This transformational project will see the courtyard become a ‘floral wonderland for patients and their families’. Garden designer Ben Darlington (also known as The Wild Gardener) has co-ordinated the design and build of The Serenity Garden. StairBox staff leant a helping hand at each stage of the process. First, colleagues Mihai and Steve worked alongside other volunteers to shift a whopping 10 tonnes of compost in readiness for the planting stage to commence. Next, Ashley, Jack, Steve and Noel put on their gardening gloves to help with the planting of 1,000 plants into the grounds of The Serenity Garden. This included shrubs, herbaceous perennials and grasses which are now growing splendidly in the summer sunshine! And finally, David and Carl spent a day renovating garden furniture ready for the new outdoor space. The end goal is for the garden to be timeless and used all year round, no matter what the weather.
Hospice Corporate Fundraiser Lisa Ball said: “It was a pleasure to have StairBox employees here for a volunteering day. They certainly had a shock when they saw thousands of plants which needed planting!” “We couldn’t have done this project without them and can’t wait to see the garden flourish. Patients and their families will now be able to enjoy a beautiful garden.”
In May, StairBox colleagues slipped on their hiking boots and tied their laces for The Ultimate Peak District Challenge. Together, they walked the Edale Skyline Route, a 20 mile loop on what was the hottest day of the year so far!
The walk, which normally takes between 8 – 10 hours to complete, has a total ascent of 1252m with the highest point being 622m, so it was certainly a challenging day for the team, particularly in the heat. However, the walkers rose to the challenge and completed the hike, raising over £2,000 which we match funded to give a grand total of £4,180 for East Cheshire Hospice!
A special thanks and future fundraising…
As we approach the autumnal months in the second half of the year, we have more fundraising activities planned including a 5k inflatable challenge! We’d like to share a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported us in our fundraising activities for East Cheshire Hospice so far. If you would like to make a donation towards our next challenge for this wonderful charity, you’ll find our JustGiving page here.
And of course, special thanks go to our fantastic employees for all their hard work and commitment to donating time and raising money for such a worthwhile cause – you’re amazing!