Charity events

Do you have a charity event planned? If it’s happening in Macclesfield and the surrounding areas then our Charity events section is the place to tell our readers.

If you have an event you want publicised here then please email us via the contact form

  • Tue
    10.30 am to 5 pmMacclesfield Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield

    It’s back!  The ECHO Annual Pancake Race for 2020.

    Last years event was the best yet with 20 teams participating, but organisers hope to beat this in 2020. As well as the coveted trophy for the overall winner, they’ll be giving away a prize for the best fancy dress.

    The race will take place on Tuesday 25th February, outside the Town Hall in Macclesfield.  Registration will be from 10:30am and the first race heat will start at 11am.  All races are expected to finish around 12:30pm.

    So get your trainers on and start practising!  Its a short course from the Town Hall down Mill Street to the entrance to the Grosvenor Centre.  Its a relay race, and you must stop half way and toss your pancake (pan and pancake provided for you – quality will be improved after last years disasters!)

    Entrance per team of 4 people is £20.  Multiple teams from the same company/organisation can participate, but each team must pay the fee.

    Payment can be made via this justgiving link.

    If you are not able to pay via this link please let the organisers know. You will also need to email, to confirm that you would like a team in the race and what your team is called.

    This year the charity is raising money for a patient transport minibus.

    As with many other hospitals, Macclesfield has experienced very busy periods in recent years and at peak times has faced challenges finding enough beds for all patients who need them. Last year, East Cheshire NHS Trust which runs the hospital launched a campaign called ‘HelpingFlo’ which aimed to raise awareness of how members of the public and staff can help free up hospital beds via a fictitious patient called Flo.

    Building on the success of this campaign, the trust’s charity ECHO is now aiming to raise funds for a wheelchair-accessible minibus which will help return patients like Flo, many of whom may be elderly and reliant on public transport, to return home when they no longer require hospital care but may not be able to get home easily themselves, often due to the availability of family and friends and other transport and mobility issues.​

    If teams or members of the public would like to donate to the fundraising, it can be done via the justgiving link above, or by donating at the cash office at MDGH.  All proceeds will go toward the minibus.

    The race is supported by East Cheshire NHS Trust, Macclesfield Town Council, Silk 106.9, and Macclesfield Castle Rotary.

  • Fri
    7:00 pmWilliam Turner Suite Shrigley Hall Hotel, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SB

    The 2020 Macclesfield Mayor's Charity Ball will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 at William Turner Suite Shrigley Hall Hotel, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SB

    The evening will start with a drinks reception, followed by a welcome by the Mayor of Macclesfield, Councllor Janet Jackson, MBE followed by the dinner.

    Dinner will offer a starter choice of Chicken confit duck terrine, apricot compote or Smoked salmon roulade, wasabi creme fraiche or a vegetarian option of Beetroot honeyed goats cheese cassonade.

    The Main course will comprise a choice of: Seared chicken breast in a rich red wine jus or Fillet of seabass, sweet pepper chutney or Lentil cassoulet, beans, roasted cauliflower (vegetarian)

    All meals will come with a choice of seasonal vegetables andpotatoes

    Dessert course comprises: New York baked cheesecake, summer berry compote or Chocolate profiteroles or Toffee apple crumble tart, English custard.

    Finally coffee

    An auction and raffle is planned for around 9 pm – prizes including: a Black Prince narrowboat holiday, an original painting by David Evans, a round of golf for 4 at Shrigley Hall Hotel, a Pinches Medical health assessment and a tour for two at Forest Gin distillery.

    Music/entertainment will follow 10 pm through to the close at 11:59

    How to book: Complete the booking form and return with payment by 28th February to,uk or Civic Officer, Macclesfield Town Council, Macclesfield Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 1EA

    Staying the night? Contact the hotel by 14th February on 01625 575757 quoting 'Mayor's Charity Ball 2020' or ID 12851184. Preferential room rate inc. breakfast - £99 double, £79 single

  • Fri
    Alderley Edge Cricket Club, Moss Lane, Alderley Edge Cheshire SK9 7HN

    Spring is coming - and so is our first ever Spring Ball!

    Join us at Alderley Edge Cricket Club on Friday 27th March 2020 for a glamorous evening of fine dining, live entertainment, great music and much more.

    After a long cold Winter, you can look forward to a bloomin' lovely event!

    Tickets are £70 per individual ticket or £700 per table of 10.

    This includes a welcome drink on arrival and a delicious three course meal.

    Tables are going fast, so get your tickets now before they are all gone!

  • Sat

    Macclesfield is gearing up to welcome back The Macclesfield Bikeathon event once again which proved popular in the town for almost 20 years.

    The Bikeathon which is funded by Macclesfield Town Council, returned to the town in 2019 and saw a fantastic 189 riders taking part. This year’s event will take place on Saturday 16th May and will raise money for local charity Just Drop In.

    There will be 3 route options with varying distances including a 12-mile family ride which heads north out of Macclesfield, along the Middlewood Way towards Poynton where the route joins the road and heads south back towards Macclesfield.

    The second ride is a 33-mile route around the beautiful Cheshire Plain with its quiet hedgerow lined lanes. The route heads west from Macclesfield towards Jodrell Bank then North towards the feed station at Great Warford Baptist Church. Then it goes onto Alderley Edge and Mottram St Andrew before returning to Macclesfield town centre.

    For those looking for a more challenging ride, there is a 64 mile route on offer which heads towards Tatton Park, through more country lanes to Byley where the route turns for home, past the refreshment stop and the final push back to Macclesfield to collect finishers goodies.

    The rides will all start and end in Market Place in the town centre. Here there will be lots of family activities and stalls to enjoy.

    The event is being organised by Darren Allgood from Allgood Cycling who said ‘Organising the Bikeathon is such a rewarding experience. We get to work with brilliant local people generating community spirit and promoting health and fitness while raising money for local charity Just Drop In. Get on your bikes for a great cause!

    Helena Gowler, Community Engagement Officer for Macclesfield Town Council which is funding the event commented that ‘Last year, the town council supported the return of the Bikeathon and it was great to see so many people taking part. The Council is delighted to be involved with the event again. This year there is the added bonus of a community event in the town centre which we are really looking forward to. Making physical activity the fun and easy option is important to the town council and the Bikeathon is a perfect fit with this.’

    The Bikeathon will support local charity Just Drop In which provides support to young people in Macclesfield.

    Ann Wright, Chief Executive Officer for Just Drop In commented that ‘This is a fabulous community event which we are terrifically proud to be involved in. It’s great to see so many people coming together to ride and have fun, while raising money to help others in their community. With the growing demand for emotional and mental health support, all the funds raised will go towards providing free counselling support to local young people.’