Patients, relatives and staff at St Luke’s Hospice in Cheshire are enjoying some Christmas cheer thanks to Cheshire Constabulary’s Special Constables.

Three vibrant table decorations used at an attestation ceremony on Monday night when 42 new recruits were formally welcomed to the force have been donated to the hospice. The displays were used on the top table at the event attended by Cheshire Constabulary’s Chief Constable, Mark Roberts, Police and Crime Commissioner, John Dwyer, Magistrate Alan Davies and Special Constabulary Chief Inspector, Chris Oliver and family and friends of the 42 Special Constables taking their oaths.

One of the displays is in the reception area of the Winsford hospice ensuring a warm welcome to visitors. The others are elsewhere in the hospice at Grosvenor House, Queensway. Members of Cheshire Constabulary band played a range of Christmas carols before and after the ceremony.

Emma Kerr, Cheshire Constabulary’s service desk team leader who presented the flowers to Registered Nurse, Cath Davison and Nursing Assistant Sandra Heath said: “ “We’re delighted to play our part in helping St Luke’s Hospice enjoy their Christmas.”

Liz Wells, St Luke’s PR, Communications and Marketing Officer said: “Thanks so much to the Special Constabulary for these wonderful flowers. Their bright, vibrant design will help us to bring some upliftment to anyone visiting the hospice.”

The Special Constabulary is a force of trained volunteers who dedicate some of their spare time to support Cheshire Police. They have the same powers as regular officers, and have all taken part in a thorough intense training course which saw them studying various aspects of policing including public order training, statement taking, diversity and human rights issues.