Thursday, 10 May 2012

Upcoming Events for the One in Eleven Appeal

There are lots of events coming up to raise money for the One in Eleven Appeal. To get involved you can take part, sponsor someone else to take part, or simply make a donation. Or all three!

If you're organising an event, or you know someone who is, let us know so we can spread the word.

You can leave a comment at the end of this post or contact us via:

Twitter: @rayofhopeuk

May 2012

Friday 18th May 
with Debra Cummins - Pampered Chef
St John's Church Hall Hartford
9am to 12pm 
£7.50 including a free cookery book
Phone 07786 706754 to book

Sunday 20th May
The Oakley Centre Crewe (opposite Asda, across the zebra crossing)
10.30am to 1.30pm       
Contact Lucy Williams at
or Laura (MCHC fundraiser) on 01270 273248

Sunday 27th May   

Barony Park, Nantwich
All day event
To sponsor for the One in Eleven Appeal go to

June 2012

Saturday 2nd June 
Jubilee Fun Day
Haslington Village Green
From 10am 
Maggie will be having a stall to help the Ray of Hope support the One in Eleven Appeal.

Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th June 
Flittogate Lane
WH16 0HJ

The One in Eleven appeal will be having a stand. Come and visit us!

Saturday 23rd June
Malbank School
Everyone's favourite family movie. Free event, small donation to the One in Eleven Appeal for refreshments. 
More details on Facebook. 

And when the movie's finished, why not pop along to:

Saturday 23rd June
Sponsored by Hullabaloo Kids & Water Babies
Nantwich Civic Hall from 12pm untill 5pm
Over 40 exhibitors with products and services from bump to baby. 
All proceeds on the day to the One in Eleven Appeal.
Email or visit for more details.

July 2012

Sunday 15th July 
Sandbach Gymnastics, Millbuck Park, Millbuck Way, Sandbach, CW11 3HT
3pm to 5pm
organised by Tracy Howe and friends
Pamper your Princess - suitable for little ladies up to 16 years old.
£10 per ticket.
Contact Tracy Howe on 07852190432 or

Wednesday 25th July
Dorfold Park
We will be having a stand. Come and support us!

Saturday 28th July

Cumberland Sports Centre, Crewe
Teams of 10 needed!
To enter or for more details contact Laura on 01270 273248or e mail

August 2012

Sunday 5th August
Cholmondeley Castle 
11am to 5pm 
More details to follow.

September 2012

Vale Royal Golf Club
Date and details to be announced.

November 2012

Saturday 17th November
Rookery Hall, Nantwich
More details to be announced soon!

Spread the word about all the great One in Eleven fundraising events and let's raise lots of money!

Monday, 23 April 2012

The One in Eleven Appeal: How Can You Help?

This Friday finally sees the official launch of the Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity's (MCHC) One in Eleven Appeal. 

The aim of the appeal is to raise a million pounds for a new neonatal unit at Leighton hospital in Crewe, which will serve the whole Mid Cheshire Hospitals area. In addition to our usual activities, Ray of Hope has pledged to help raise funds for the One in Eleven Appeal over the next two years. Even though the appeal hasn't even officially launched yet, Ray of Hope has already contributed more than £15,000, thanks to fantastic events and donations from our supporters. 

If you'd like more information about the One in Eleven Appeal, why we need a new neonatal unit, and Ray of Hope's role, take a look here

How can you help?

There are lots of ways to get involved, and every single pound will help. You don't have to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, run a marathon, or donate an enormous amount - but of course, if you want to, that would be great!


If you'd like to make a donation, you can do so in a matter of seconds. You can use Ray of Hope's JustGiving page or you can text mchc11 followed by the amount you'd like to donate (for example mchc11 £5) to 70070. Texts are free on all networks, and the maximum donation you can make in one text is £10.


If you shop in Sandbach or Crewe, you can give the appeal a boost while you're there. Until the end of April, Waitrose in Sandbach has the One in Eleven Appeal as one of their 'Community Matters' charities, so you can help raise funds simply by popping your green tokens in the slot. Asda in Crewe is also currently collecting for the appeal.


If you're feeling energetic, how about challenging yourself by taking part in an event and raising funds for the appeal through sponsorship? If you're feeling sloth-like, you can sponsor someone else instead! Shavington dad Jon Parton is competing in the Go Green Cheshire Triathlon in Nantwich on May 27 2012. You can sit back with a nice cup of tea and raise funds for the appeal by supporting him while he does all the hard work!

If you've got children and you've been meaning to have a clear-out of all that baby and toddler stuff you've got stashed away in the attic, here's your opportunity. Book a stall for the One in Eleven Baby to Primary Sale at Crewe's Oakley Centre, which will be held on May 20 2012 from 10:30 to 13:30. It's £15 to book stall, and every penny of that goes to the One in Eleven Appeal. Then you get to keep the profits you make! Unless you'd like to donate them, of course. Either way, you get to get rid of all that stuff you've been hoarding and make some money for a fantastic cause at the same time. 

If you're organising an event for the One in Eleven Appeal, or raising money by sponsorship, let us know so we can spread the word. The official launch event for the One in Eleven Appeal is at The Hunters' Lodge, Crewe on April 27 2012.  There'll be a presentation, buffet and music, and tickets are free. Call 01270 273248 for tickets or more information.

Get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter and let us know what you're up to for the One in Eleven Appeal!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Donation News

I'm very happy to report that we've received a donation of £2,000 from Crewe & Nantwich District Round Table. 

Huge thanks to everyone involved!

Friday, 9 March 2012

Mother's Pride

I am very proud of my daughter, Nicola, who last night won an Achievement Award from MCHFT for her voluntary work providing the parents of babies born asleep with very precious memories.

From the awards programme booklet:

"Nicola Cooper is an accredited hospital volunteer and a professional photographer who provides her time and expertise freely, mostly at short notice, to women and their families who have experienced a pregnancy loss at Mid Cheshire's Maternity Unit. Sadly some babies die before or shortly after birth taking away the hopes and dreams of their family's future: it is a very confusing and traumatic time when parents are required to make difficult decisions.With her camera, Nicola sensitively and unobtrusively captures precious moments and memories of the short time that the families have with their babies. By providing them with the photographs, families have something to cherish and validate their parenthood long after the funeral. Nicola is utterly selfless, a consummate professional and is valued and praised by every family with which she has worked."

(Copied from MCHFT Celebration of Achievements Awards 2011/2012 programme booklet)

Monday, 5 March 2012

Ray of Hope Stall Dates for 2012

Ray of Hope's weekly stall, selling babywear and knitted toys, is open from 8.30-15.00 in the outpatients' hall, Leighton Hospital, Crewe.

The stall alternates between Thursdays and Fridays, so this week the stall will be open on Friday (9th March) and next week on Thursday (15th March).

Below are all the dates for the stall for the rest of 2012. 

Please note there will be no stall on Good Friday, 6th April 2012. 

Thursday 1st 
Friday 9th
Thursday 15th
Friday 23rd
Thu 29th

Thursday 12th
Friday 20th
Thursday 26th

NO STALL on Friday April 6th

Friday 4th
Thursday 10th
Friday 18th
Thursday 24th

Friday 1st
Thursday 7th
Friday 15th
Thursday 21st
Friday 29th

Thursday 5th
Friday 13th
Thursday 19th
Friday 27th

Thursday 2nd
Friday 10th
Thursday 16th
Friday 24th
Thursday 30th

Friday 7th
Thursday 13th
Friday 21st
Thursday 27th

Friday 5th
Thursday 11th
Friday 19th
Thursday 25th

Friday 2nd
Thursday 8th
Friday 16th
Thu 22nd
Friday 30th

Thursday 6th
Friday 14th
Thursday 20th

Latest Donations - February 2012

Donations continue to come in to Ray of Hope for us to add to our fundraising total for Mid Cheshire Hospitals One in Eleven Appeal. We're so grateful to everyone who contributes. 

Crewe and District Probus Club raised £405.75. Many, many thanks. 

K Daley donated £150 in memory of her beloved triplets. Thank you so much.

Mr J Lawrence and family sent a donation of £225 in memory of Barbara, a cherished wife, mother and grandmother. Thank you.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

News for November 2011 - January 2012


WI Winsford
£20 donation for talk. Thank you

Inner Wheel, Sandbach
Donation £100. Many, many thanks.

Mr and Mrs Higgin
£100 (plus Gift Aid) donation.
In memory of Thomas.
Thank you so much.

Mr and Mrs Ashmore
£75 (plus Gift Aid) donation.
In memory of Thomas.
Many, many thanks

Mr and Mrs Booth
Donation from twins' christening.
Thank you for thinking of us.

January 2012

Wistaston Community Council
£400 donation from the fireworks night event.
Huge thanks to all concerned.

Wistaston Roundabout
£100 donation.
Thank you so much.

Mrs Read
£40.00 donation.
Thank you so much.