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Hospice patients, volunteers and staff enjoy day out in the country thanks to local coach company

Patients, volunteers and staff from Blythe House Hospicecare got the opportunity to mingle with TV stars during a special day out provided free of charge by a local coach company.

Smiths of Marple treat for Blythe House

Smiths of Marple offered the Chapel-en-le-Frith hospice free coach travel and entry to the first ever Countryfile Live event in Yorkshire on Thursday 15th August.

Leaflets and an email were distributed amongst patients, staff and volunteers to share the special opportunity, and spaces on the coach filled up within a day!

BBC Countryfile presenters including Matt Baker, John Craven and Ellie Harrison were big hits at the Castle Howard event, alongside outdoor activities including farming in action, rural crafts and the equine arena.

Smith's of Marple CoachBlythe House meet Countryfile presenters

Volunteer, Alex Clark attended the event with her mum, Brenda Edge and auntie, Hilary Hadfield. The three women give their time to support Blythe House shops in Chapel-en-le-Frith and Buxton. Alex said: ‘It really was a wonderful day and we are so lucky to have had the opportunity to go; a huge thank you to Smiths of Marple.’

Anne Hibbs, Secretary at Blythe House, said: ‘A lovely day was had by all and we were very well looked after by our drivers, Tony and Paul. There was a myriad of interesting things to see and do, from maypole and Morris dancing to book signings. The Countryfile team was on top form and very entertaining. There was a great atmosphere and it was very well organised. Thank you so much to Smiths of Marple for such an amazing day.’

Blythe House selfie with Matt Baker

Ian Rigg, a volunteer driver, said: ‘My wife and I had a great time. Thankfully the weather was kind to us and there was plenty to occupy our time. A huge thanks for organising it and definitely to Tony for his generosity, as well as to him and Paul for driving!’

Angie Vernon, Managing Directing at Smiths of Marple, commented: ‘We were very pleased to be able to offer our support to Blythe House as it’s a charity close to all our hearts in the High Peak. We hope the hard working volunteers, staff and patients enjoyed their well earnt day out!’

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