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There was a magnificence of mayors, a soap star, a top-flight boxer and an MP among others attending Bury Hospice’s Mayors Tea Party.

The hospice were showing their appreciation to former mayor Stella Smith, outgoing mayor Mike Connolly and new mayor Dorothy Gunther and a host of volunteers, corporates and local organisations who have shown dedicated support to Bury Hospice in recent times. 

Bury Hospice patron, boxer Scott Quigg, was also there as well Tracy Mort MBE, founder of Grace Cole, and Coronation Street star Cherylee Houston, who plays Izzy Armstrong in the soap.

 Bury South Labour MP Ivan Lewis attended as well as patrons, trustees, staff, volunteers and supporters of Bury Hospice.

“I am proud to have Bury Hospice as one of my chosen charities,” said Dorothy Gunther, who also has selected Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

“Bury needs a hospice, it’s the first time I have been here and I am impressed. The grounds are beautiful and I know they offer a necessary service to the Bury community.”

Outgoing mayor Councillor Connolly said: “This is a magnificent facility and I have been delighted to support Bury Hospice events during my time in office. Bury Hospice is going from strength to strength.

“The volunteers are the backbone of our borough, they do amazing work in this town and the hospice is a great example of this.”

Coronation Street’s Cherylee Houston came to the hospice with one of the trustees. Even though she was born in Morecambe, Cherylee said: “My parents died when I was young and I have a friend who lives in Summerseat and I spent a lot of time with her family so I feel an honorary Bury person.

“My mum was in a hospice so I understand the impact it can have on everyone involved. The hospice helped us as a family and they have such an important role in any community.”

There were speeches, a tour of the hospice’s award-winning Japanese garden as well as sandwiches and snacks for those who attended.