The East Cheshire Hospice hosted its annual Winter Wonderland Ball at the prestigious Mere Golf Resort and Spa in Knutsford last month, raising and incredible £95,000.

350 people attended the fabulous event, which was opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs M.B.E.

The evening featured a three-course meal, charity raffle, tombola, auction, as well as a singer, live band and DJ. The raffle was a big hit at the ball with a diamond worth £10,000 up for grabs.

Chess monthly award winners Nick Bull, Sarah Baines, Jack Cowan, Martin Kent, and Neil Smith took a table on the night, accompanied by MD Stephen Dracup and CEO David Pollock to celebrate the hospice.

In all, the event raised a spectacular £95,000 to help the charity to continue the great work that they do in supporting families.

Chess’ own Grace Ingham was also asked to say a few words at the event. Grace spoke of the care her mother received five years ago and the fantastic support the Hospice gave to her and her family during a very difficult time.

Grace Ingham commented:

“The annual Winter Wonderland Ball is so much more than a fundraising event. It’s a chance to say thanks to the Hospice and everyone who works with them for everything they do in providing essential care and support for those with life-limiting illnesses.”

David Pollock, CEO of Chess ICT, added:

“We are delighted to support such a fantastic local charity. The Hospice is especially close to our hearts here at Chess. Our former Operations Director Julie Wright spent her final days in their care and we will always play our part in supporting the excellent work they do at the Hospice.”

In addition to the Winter Wonderland Ball, Chess support the Hospice throughout the year. In May, 31 Chess People completed The Great Manchester Run, raising more than £4,000.

 £4,242 for Cheshire Community Foundation

£4,000 for East Cheshire Hospice
– May 31 –
Great Manchester Run







Next year, the East Cheshire Hospice will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. Chess, as always, will be supporting it throughout the year with a host of fundraising events. The Hospice has running costs of £8,000 a day to keep its doors open, so Chess is proud to be doing everything it can to ensure this.