Local residents and members of the public are warmly welcome to attend our next fundraising coffee morning to help celebrate 30 years of hospice care in the High Peak.

The event will take place at Blythe House on Friday 20th September will see hot drinks and homemade cakes served, alongside a tombola and gift stall. A unique commemorative wall hanging will also be on display, as well as a special 30th anniversary video.

Reverend Betty Packham founded the hospice in 1989 after she received a £1,000 legacy from Fairfield man, Stan Blythe. Betty nursed Stan in the final weeks of his life in the comfort of her home.

To commemorate the 30-year anniversary, past and present Blythe House patients have created an intricate wall hanging displaying symbols, words and quotes, overseen by volunteer and local textile artist, Anne Humberstone.

Anne (left) said: ‘Everyone agreed that it should be a cheerful piece but at the same time expressing the journey that they have been on and the great support that they received along the way. The design was born incorporating everybody’s ideas and skills.

‘It soon became apparent what a great deal of talent and enthusiasm there was, and it was great to see the excitement and the sense of achievement as the work developed. I am proud to have been involved with this lovely group of people and to have been a part of this celebration of 30 years of this fabulous place.’

The coffee morning is taking place from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Friday 20th September and the hospice is fully accessible for all members of the public to attend.