In November 2014 Mickey Clifford died at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd. He died in the arms of Andrew Donaldson’s wife Debbie after a seven day stay in the In-Patient Unit. While he was there, he received the very best of care and was very popular amongst the doctors and nurses.
In his memory, Andrew Donaldson, local businessman and entrepreneur has launched ‘Mickey’s Campaign’ to raise £50,000 for a brand new Single En-suite In-Patient Room at the Hospice.
Andrew and Debbie became close friends with Mickey when they were heavily involved with saving the Chester Jets/Cheshire Jets which subsequently became the Cheshire Phoenix basketball team. Andrew and Debbie recently purchased a boatyard in Abersoch and in his memory they are calling it ‘Mickey’s Boatyard & Beach Cafe’.
A well-known and hugely popular figure in sporting circles in the city, Mickey, a born and bred Cestrian who lived in Hoole, was a regular figure in the stands at Chester Football Club and a devoted volunteer at Cheshire Phoenix Basketball Club and was part of the group that helped keep professional basketball in the city following the demise of the Cheshire Jets.
He was also part of the group that fought to save Chester City Football Club and the fans-led campaign that saw the birth of Chester FC in 2010.
Chester’s sporting fraternity became extended family to Mickey, who in his 39-year working career spent 20 years in the accounts department at Cheshire County Council, where he sat on the sports and social committee for the entire duration.
He represented the county council and County Officers Club in five-a-side football, table tennis, badminton, hockey and volleyball and also had a period as manager of Chester Ladies football team, where he won the FA award for outstanding services to football 20 years ago, which was presented to him by Sir Trevor Brooking.
Andrew has donated £5,000 from the new business Mickeys Boatyard & Beach Café and he is approaching nine other Chester and Cheshire West-based companies to come forward and each match his gift to raise the £50,000 needed to pay for a brand new Single En-suite In-Patient Room.
The Hospice are looking for Corporate Good Shepherd’s to join us in fundraising for a £4 million annual turnover local service that provides kindness, compassion and common sense to people living in Cheshire West and Chester and Deeside when they need it most. Interest? Contact Abi Smith, Corporate Fundraising Manager firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 07734 146553.