Diamond wedding anniversary couples raise funds for hospice

Three Cheshire couples decided to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversaries with a donation to their favourite charity.

Diamond wedding couples (from left) John and Marjorie Kendrick, from Kingsmead, Northwich, Neil and Joan Cliffe, from Antrobus, and Russ and Gladys Green, from Rudheath, Northwich. Diamond wedding couples (from left) John and Marjorie Kendrick, from Kingsmead, Northwich, Neil and Joan Cliffe, from Antrobus, and Russ and Gladys Green, from Rudheath, Northwich.

For Neil Cliffe the centre that bears his name at the University Hospital of South Manchester was the obvious choice for him and wife Joan.

Friends Russ and Gladys Green, and John and Marjorie Kendrick, who also celebrated their 60th wedding anniversaries weeks later, followed suit by making the same gesture.

The generosity of friends and family, meant St Ann’s Hospice, which runs a day therapy supportive outpatients unit at the Neil Cliffe Centre, received £3,500 towards running costs.

Neil, from Antrobus, said: “We’ve known each other for many years and it was pure coincidence that we reached our 60th anniversaries around the same time. Rather than getting presents, we said we’d be very grateful for a small gift to the Neil Cliffe Centre.

“The ethos of the centre has remained the same since the day it opened and it’s a beacon of light and love for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their carers who receive free treatments. However, there’s still a lot of people living in the area who’re unaware of what we can offer.”

Neil, aged 79, was treated for cancer at the hospital in 1981 and later led an appeal which raised £1m to create the centre, the first of its kind to be built within an NHS hospital.

That vision was copied nationally as holistic treatments and support were provided to cater for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients.

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