Sunday, June 16, 2019
Families Matter

A local charity is holding two special fundraising events in Greater Manchester this summer, to help raise funds to support local people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

St Ann’s Hospice – which cares for and supports thousands of local people each year at its sites in Heald Green, Little Hulton and the Neil Cliffe Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital, as well as via a range of community and outreach services – is holding two family-friendly summer fairs to kick off the holidays in style.

The summer fairs will take place on Sunday 21st July from 12 noon to 3pm, and will be held at the hospice’s sites on St Ann’s Road North in Heald Green and on Meadowsweet Lane (off Peel Lane) in Little Hulton.

Each fair will include a range of stalls and refreshments, as well as activities like face painting, tombola’s and raffles.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s, said:  “St Ann’s will be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in 2021, and we’re proud to have been part of our local communities for all of those years.  We simply couldn’t care for our patients and their families without those local communities, and we really value the amazing support we receive every single day from people across Greater Manchester.

“Our annual summer fairs are always a highlight of our fundraising calendar, and we look forward to seeing families and friends gathering together to have a great time whilst raising money for our patients.  Everyone is welcome, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again this year.”

Entry to the fairs is just £1, with accompanied children free.

For more information on the summer fairs, or other forthcoming St Ann’s fundraising events or activities, please call 0161 498 3631 or visit the website at



The gardens of St Ann’s Hospice in Little Hulton have been transformed, thanks to the kind generosity of a local business man.

Fred Done, whose company BetFred has supported the hospice for many years, offered to fund work to improve the outside space at the hospice for patients to enjoy.

He arranged for his personal gardeners to spend 12 days working at St Ann’s to transform the space.

St Ann’s Chief Executive Eamonn O’Neal, said: “Many of our patients and their families like to sit outside of the hospice and spend time relaxing and unwinding, and we know that they really enjoy being out in the fresh air.

“Fred and Betfred have been so incredibly supportive of St Ann’s over many years, and we’re enormously grateful.  This latest kind donation really will make such a huge difference to the lives of our patients, and we can’t thank him enough.”

St Ann’s is one of the oldest and largest hospices outside of London, and is currently celebrating 40 years since its Little Hulton site opened in 1979.  His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester visited the hospice as part of its anniversary celebrations, and planted a commemorative magnolia genie tree in the gardens too.

Fred Done said:  “It’s a joy to know that patients, visitors and staff are enjoying the gardens at the hospice.  I’m so proud of my team that made it happen and really appreciate all of their hard work.  It’s been a pleasure to create a space that everyone will be able to take advantage of as the summer approaches.”

In addition to the Little Hulton site, St Ann’s also offers care to patients with life-limiting illnesses from its Heald Green and Neil Cliffe Centre sites in Greater Manchester.  Teams there also run a range of community and outreach services to ensure as many patients as possible can access their specialist care.

For more information on St Ann’s, please visit

Gardener Cass Lambert (2nd from left), Fred Done (4th from left) and St Ann’s staff & volunteers  l-r Eamonn O’Neal, Anne-Marie Wynne, Linda Cleary, Ann-Marie Higney, Sheila Butler, Sian Burgess Sarah McDonnell



NatWest, have teamed up with Bromleys Solicitors LLP to bring you a seminar on a number of legal topics that you may wish to learn more about.

The seminar which is to be held at the Village Hotel, Hyde on Tuesday 18th JUNE 2019, will include the following topics:

Business protection planning – covers how to ensure the continuation of a business after the death of an owner, also covers efficient Inheritance Tax planning for an owner, looks at Shareholders Agreements, Cross Option Agreements, Wills, and Business LPAs.

Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) – covers general information about the importance of making Wills and LPAs and what happens if you don’t have them in place.

Care Home Fee Planning – covers care home fee levels and how careful planning can ensure there is something left to your loved ones rather than the local authority taking it all – applies to couples mainly as its difficult for a single person to plan.

Bank of Mum and Dad – covers how to protect gifts/loans given by a parent to assist their children. Looks at Declarations of Trust, Loan Agreements also Pre & Post Nuptial Agreements.

Event Agenda:

  • 8:30am – Arrival and registration
  • 8:45am – Welcome by Geoff Longden, Business Growth Enabler at NatWest Business Banking
  • 8:50am – Laura Stansfield, Head of Wills, Probate and Planning for the Future at Bromleys Solicitors LLP
  • 9:20am – Keith Bull, Head of Family at Bromleys Solicitors LLP
  • 9:50am – Q & As
  • 10:15am – Close


Food and refreshments will be provided. If you have any dietary requirements then please let me know.

About this event

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Whilst we feel this topic is beneficial to business owners, the views expressed are not intended to be and should not be viewed as individual advice or as a recommendation by RBS, NatWest or any third party. You should seek independent advice in respect of issues that are of concern to you.

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To book on to the event, please contact Carol Parker at Bromleys Solicitors LLP on 0161 694 4148 or email

The Village Hotel, Captain Clarke Road, Hyde SK14 4QG – 18th JUNE 2019 from 8.15am to 10.15am.



Hundreds of people from across Greater Manchester will be remembering their loved ones as part of a very special appeal this summer, in support of local charity St Ann’s Hospice.

The Forget-Me-Not Appeal gives people the chance to receive a special keepsake dedicated to their loved one and, if they wish, to attend a service of reflection and celebration at the hospice’s Heald Green or Little Hulton site, whilst making a donation to St Ann’s.

This year, St Ann’s is also offering supporters the opportunity to make a dedication online, in their brand new Memory Meadow.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s, explained:  “Our Forget-Me-Not appeal is incredibly important to us as it gives us the opportunity to both raise money for our patients and their families, whilst also honouring the lives of those who are sadly no longer with us.

“We’re always overwhelmed to see so many people supporting our patients in this way – some with a connection to the hospice, and others who don’t have any connection but want to celebrate the life of someone special.

“We’re especially pleased to also introduce our Memory Meadow for those supporters who would like to celebrate their loved ones online. Every penny raised really does help us to provide specialist care that makes a difference to the lives of local people.”

Julie Wilmoth’s husband, Colin, was cared for at St Ann’s Hospice in 2018. She said: “When Colin first went into St Ann’s, he was bed-ridden and fed up, but it quickly became like home. We were greeted very warmly and made so welcome and comfortable – I felt like we’d been scooped up and taken to their heart. I wanted to spend as much time as possible with Colin, and St Ann’s made that possible.”

The charity, which operates from three sites in Little Hulton, Heald Green and the Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital looks after thousands of patients every year with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses – managing their symptoms, providing support, caring for people at the hospice or at home, and providing end of life care.  It also runs a range of outreach services to help support people in the local community.

*For more information on St Ann’s, or if you would like to take part in the Forget-Me-Not appeal to remember someone special, please call 0161 498 3631 or visit


Talking about dying, and about our own funeral can be quite an uncomfortable subject, but it’s something that will happen to us all. 

Research shows that only about a third of us have thought about our funeral or made a will, and even fewer have thought about their end of life care or organ donation.  As part of the national Dying Matters Awareness Week, Willow Wood will be holding a Death Café between 11am-3pm on Wednesday 15 May, in their own coffee bar at the PAD in Stalybridge.

Staff nurse Gill Wills and Willow Wood Counsellor Sarah Ellenbogen will be there throughout the day, and to help stimulate discussions will be handing out free slices of Death by Chocolate Cake!  Gill said: “We’ll be asking people how they’d like to be remembered, what songs they like playing at their funeral, who has been their inspiration in life, and other questions about life, death, grief and more.  We’ll be using special Dying Matters cards which will hopefully prompt some debate and make people think about a topic that can often be left until it’s too late.”

Sarah agreed: “It’s never too early to talk about this, and few of us know how a parent, sibling or partner would their funeral to be arranged.  It can be difficult to broach the subject with a loved one, but we’re confident that the Death Café can help.  It’s a very light-hearted approach about an inevitable part of life.”

Gill and Sarah will also be happy to discuss aspects of Willow Wood care that may help you or your family.  There will be information about our care and remembrance events such as our Butterfly Memory Release, which can help celebrate and commemorate the lives of your loved ones.


His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester visited Salford today to mark a very special moment in St Ann’s Hospice’s history. 

The charity, which cares for patients with life-limiting illnesses from across Greater Manchester, is celebrating 40 years since its site in Little Hulton opened, and The Duke joined staff, patients and volunteers as they marked the occasion.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to The Duke of Gloucester for taking time in his busy schedule to come to St Ann’s.  We were honoured to show him around our Little Hulton site, and to introduce him to some of our patients and their families, staff and volunteers.”

“Our second hospice site in Little Hulton began receiving patients in 1979, and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal came to officially open it in May that year, so it’s an honour to have The Duke join us as we celebrate this special anniversary.”

“It’s an exciting time for the hospice, as we approach our 50th anniversary of the organisation as a whole in 2021.  It’s a real testament to the local community that St Ann’s has been able to provide specialist care to people from Greater Manchester for so long.  Whether that’s the support we receive from fundraisers who generously help us raise the £20,000 a day we need to keep our services running, the endless time our army of more than 700 local volunteers give to help staff and patients, or the businesses and health care professionals who collaborate with us in so many ways – we simply wouldn’t have been here for so long without you, so thanks for all you do for St Ann’s.”

The Duke was given a tour of the hospice, and planted a special commemorative tree to mark the occasion.  He met patients and families being cared for at the hospice, and spoke to volunteers and members of staff about the work the charity does in the local area.

St Ann’s Hospice is one of the oldest and largest hospices outside of London, and cares for patients from its three sites in Little Hulton, Heald Green, and The Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital.  Staff also provide a range of community and outreach services, as well as training and development for healthcare providers and other professionals in the field of palliative and end of life care.

The hospice employs more than 350 people, with another 700 volunteering their time to help out across various departments.  St Ann’s also runs a Trading Company to help raise funds for the charity, which includes fourteen shops and a hospice lottery.

Eamonn added:  “It’s so interesting looking back and reflecting on St Ann’s unique history and how privileged we have been, over the years, to have touched the lives of so many families. What’s interesting is that while hospice care changes and its breadth and ambition is probably unrecognisable to the care provided when the early hospices opened around half a century ago, the ethos of what we do remains the same.  We always want to provide individualised, holistic care to our patients, and our overarching aim is to ensure they have the very best quality of life as possible.  That hasn’t changed in almost half a century, and as we look ahead and evolve and develop our services for the future, we know that will always remain most important to us.”

To make a donation to the hospice or find out more about its services, please go to






A care home in Tameside has been named as one of the top 20 in the North West after a string of positive reviews from residents’ relatives and friends.

Auden House, on Audenshaw Road, Audenshaw, scored 9.9 out of 10 in reviews posted on the website.

It is one of just five in Greater Manchester and the only one in Tameside to feature in the website’s Top 20 Care Home Awards for 2019.

Auden House, which has 24 beds and 28 staff, is owned by Dr Judith Stockton and John Evans, who bought the business in 2006. The two-storey building, built in the early 20th century, has been extended to provide more beds and a conservatory communal area.

Judith and John have also introduced a range of green measures, including the installation of solar panels and solar collectors which give hot water, and an air source heat pump system which heats the building.

Rainwater harvesting will soon be introduced. Rainwater will be collected from the roof and used to flush the home’s toilets and to do the residents’ laundry.

Judith said: “We are delighted to feature as one of the top 20 care homes in the north west. It’s recognition of our efforts to ensure Auden House provides exceptional care in homely surroundings, and for our friendly staff who strive to fulfil the golden years for all our residents.”

Auden House is a long-standing client of Tameside law firm Bromleys.

Bromleys partner Paul Westwell said: “We have acted for Judith and John for many years, originally advising on their acquisition of Auden House and then the extension to the property.

“Auden House has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere which is held in high regard.

“More recently, we acted for the couple on their acquisition of the Woodlands Care Centre, which is a fantastic 23-bed care home in Macclesfield.

“Expansion plans are already under way for Woodlands, to include additional
en-suite bedrooms and another communal lounge area that will add to the relaxation space for residents.

“It is great to see investment in this sector in what have been difficult times, with continued pressure on fees and the regulatory backdrop.”

Among the reviews of Auden House posted on were ones saying:

  • “I have been visiting my friend for several years. When she first came here, I assured her that this would be the nearest place to heaven on earth that could ever be. This opinion has never changed. My friend is extremely happy here.”
  • “I find this home a great place for my mother. She is well-treated, the home is very clean, great caring staff, and mum loves the food.”
  • “My mother-in-law has recently gone to live at Auden House. I am amazed at how happy and settled she is, all the staff are so caring and supportive. It is a big relief to know that she is safe and well cared for and, even more importantly, that she is happy and treated with dignity.”
  • “My Nanna has settled into Auden House very well, mainly due to the care and attitude of all the staff. Nothing is too much to ask, and all staff are friendly and happy and treat all the residents with great respect and humour. We are very lucky my Nanna is living somewhere she feels safe and comfortable.”


Preparations are well underway for a family fun day to be held around the Willow Wood Bubble Rush.  As well as the Bubble Rush itself, there will be music, merchandise and much more, with the fun starting at 10am in the Event Village on Bessages Fields.

Tameside Radio will be keeping everyone entertained with their usual great mix of chart-toppers and classic tunes.  There will be a bouncy castle and fairground rides for the youngsters, glitter face painting, and special Bubble Rush tattoos (don’t worry – they’re not permanent), great photo opportunities with the ‘Incredibubble’ bubble machine, and lots of colourful merchandise and other stalls.

If you fancy a late breakfast, lunch or just a snack you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice with the refreshments.  Ranging from Indian street food to handmade pizzas and the more traditional burgers and hotdogs, there’ll also be sweets, candy floss, popcorn and ice cream for those with a sweet tooth.  Speciality coffees and soft drinks will be available too.

The main event, the Bubble Rush itself, starts at 12 noon with a mass warm up, before the bubble cannons start pumping out the brightly coloured foam.  Chris Hayden, event organiser said: “If you can’t envisage what a Bubble Rush looks like, check out last year’s event on the Willow Wood Hospice Facebook page.  There are videos, loads of photos and some wonderful comments posted by many of the 1,220 people who took part last year.  I’m really looking forward to the day, it really is brilliant fun.”

The bubbles themselves are totally safe, and you can even take babies and toddlers through the four bubble stations.  Since the circuit round Bessages Fields is only 1.5km long you’ll get double bubble as everyone will round twice to create a 3km course.  As it’s not a race; families and friends can spend as long as they like in the foam – it’s a fabulous selfie opportunity!

Chris said: “Although it’s such a fun day there is a serious side too – it’s a fundraising event to enable us to continue caring for our community.  If you’re unsure about asking for sponsorship, why not ask for one of our fundraising cards? They’re like the football cards and if fully completed will raise £100 for us, with £20 going to the lucky winner. And if you register online at you can order your fundraising cards there.”

A very touching way to remember loved ones is to take part in Willow Wood’s Butterfly Memory Release, scheduled for Saturday 13 July.  Every life remembered is represented by a beautiful living butterfly, which will take flight from your hands into the landscaped gardens at the Hospice.

It is a wonderful spectacle as they open their wings and lift into the air, before coming to rest on the flowers, many of which have been planted to provide food for the butterflies. It’s quite poignant later in the year to see butterflies flitting in the gardens, and to wonder if they are descended from one you may have released in memory of a special person.

Elaine McConnell, event organiser said: “If you’re wondering why we’ve chosen butterflies for this memorial event it’s because, in folklore and myths throughout the world, butterflies are seen as a symbol for the soul.  Indeed, the ancient Greek word for butterfly was the same as their word for the soul.  And it’s not just in European myths; in Russian, Japanese, South American, Indian and Samoan tales butterflies are revered in the same way.  So, it just seemed both an appropriate and a magical way to remember those who mean the world to you.”

Butterfly Memories is such a popular event that there will be three releases during the afternoon, all of which follow a short blessing by Hospice chaplain, Eddy Inglis.  These short ceremonies are part of the Willow Wood Summer Fete and all who dedicate a butterfly will receive a complimentary ticket into the Fete.  As Elaine said, “It’s a lovely day altogether, and it makes it very special to be able to spend some time here, to reflect over a cream tea, light lunch or a glass of Pimms.  I must just say that the Butterfly Release is open to everyone, whether there is a past association with the Hospice or not.  We also give everyone a certificate bearing the name of your loved one as a memento of the occasion.”

If you’d like to take part in this most magical event, online booking has now commenced.  Just go to to find out more and to make your dedications.  Alternatively you can pick up a dedication form from the Willow Wood reception or any of our shops, or ring 0161 330 7788 and we’ll mail one out to you.

The Ministry of Justice has initiated a programme of closing down regional probate registries and moving the service under one roof.

It is understood that some staff at the 10 remaining sites across England and Wales have been told of intentions to scale back their operations and eventually close down the sites.

These changes come as part a wider modernisation programme costing £1bn to upgrade the courts and tribunals service. It is hoped the service will be improved by bringing together shared expertise.

There is however a concern amongst practitioners that the changes will lead to a removal of face-to-face service for work that often requires familiarity with and trust in those administering it. Questions are being raised asked about why probate services are being cut when the government plans to increase fees.

The eventual plan is to move probate services to the Courts and Tribunals Service Centre in Birmingham, with some administrative work taking place at a second site. A spokesperson for HM Courts & Tribunals Service said that ‘no staff have been put on notice of redundancy and the department is ‘working hard to ensure it stays that way’.

Documents issued last year by the judiciary revealed court reforms could result in the loss of 6,500 jobs by 2022.

Meanwhile, the proposals to create a banded structure for probate fees, based on the size of the estate, remain uncertain due to the current Brexit-related turmoil in parliament. Under the proposed scheme estates worth £2m or more would pay £6,000 instead of £155.

The new fee structure is expected to bring in additional income of £145m in the next financial year and is seen as a ‘stealth tax’.

When the new fee structure comes in, it will be difficult for many families to navigate along with negotiating Inheritance Tax and the different allowances available and there will be further delays in applying for probate, when district registries close, which you must do before being able to administer the estate and cash in assets.

How we can help

Contact Laura Stansfield, Sue Darlington or Susanne Furness in our Wills, Probate & Planning for the Future department to discuss how one of our team of experts can help guide you through this process.


Tel: 0161 330 6821