December issue of Inspire Cheshire is now live

This month’s Inspire Cheshire content, brought to you by Cullimore Dutton, is now live.

We’ve got a chat with Joanna Lumley, one of the stars of a new Netflix drama premiering in January and which has been filming at Arley Hall in Cheshire.

We hear from local author Sian Hughes whose debut novel was longlisted for The Booker Prize, and two sisters who are expanding the successful fashion business they launched during the pandemic.

There’s also an update on the amazing ultra-endurance athlete Sean Conway, who we interviewed a few months ago, on how he has gone global since smashing records.

We’ve also got ideas for lots of festive things to do in the area this month. Sign up now for free to read it at

November issue of Inspire Cheshire is now out

The November edition of Inspire Cheshire is now live on the website with lots of interesting articles, competitions and news stories.
This month, we’ve got an interview with the The Sandbar Seafood Shack Chester chef who is serving the freshest and most exciting seafood in Chester Market – and we’re offering a prize to dine there for Inspire Cheshire readers.
We talk to Bense Burnett about the oH Collective and the foundation’s creative vision for Chester.
And we find out what kept Chester RUFC’s Guy Ford going during his epic 114 mile fund-raising run from the city to Abersoch.
As ever, we’ve also got lots of ideas for things to do in the region over the coming weeks.
There are also details about the next Inspire Cheshire Luncheon Club which is being held on December 5th at The Forge Restaurant in Chester, which has just won 2 AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence. Book your place now!
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Cullimore Dutton extends partnership with Cancer Research UK

Cullimore Dutton is delighted to agree an extension of its long-standing partnership with Cancer Research UK which to date has seen over £1.2million in pledged legacies.

Cullimore Dutton’s Wills, Trusts & Estates team is part of the charity’s Free Will Service which each year sees many clients leaving a donation to support the vital work of Cancer Research UK.

Cancer Research UK’s strategy is to prevent more cancers, diagnose them earlier, develop the best therapies and ensure that each patient receives the best treatment for them. They are aiming to accelerate progress so that 3 in 4 people survive cancer by 2034 – currently 2 in 4 people survive their cancer – and gifts in wills are critical to that progress.

Cullimore Dutton offers the Cancer Research UK Free Will Service to anyone aged 18 and over to easily write or update a simple will for free. Gifts in wills fund over a third of Cancer Research UK’s work.

Cancer Research UK’s research has played a role in developing 8 of the world’s top 10 cancer drugs. Over the last 40 years Cancer Research UK’s work has helped double breast cancer survival. The charity was a key player in the development of radiotherapy, which now benefits more than 130,000 patients every year in the UK.

Adele Bebbington-Plant, Head of Private Client at Cullimore Dutton, said: “We are delighted to continue our long-standing association with Cancer Research UK and to play our part in supporting the vital work that they undertake.

“I know that my colleague Sarah Gill, who has spearheaded our Cancer Research UK wills scheme at Cullimore Dutton for a number of years, and other members of the team are looking forward to the extension of our partnership.”

Helen Soutar, Legacy Partnership Manager at Cancer Research UK, said: “I had the opportunity to visit the Cullimore Dutton team in Chester to thank them for the amazing support they have given to Cancer Research UK over the last 14 years.

“Through their hard work they have helped 129 people write their wills through the Free Will Service and arranged pledged legacies of £1,227,300.

“Thanks to firms like Cullimore Dutton and their generous clients our legacy income will continue to fund advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, for years to come.”

For more information, contact our Wills, Trusts & Estates team on 01244 356789 or email:

We’ve expanded our Wills, Trusts & Estates team

We’re delighted to welcome Georgina Roberts to our growing Wills, Trusts & Estates team.

Georgina, who grew up on the Wirral, joined us in September and specialises in all aspects of private client work.

She said: “Private Client is an interesting area of the law and I really enjoy helping people at what can sometimes be a difficult and stressful time of their lives.”

Georgina is also a full member of Solicitors for the Elderly, which means she is trained to work with older and more vulnerable clients.

You can find out more here about our Wills, Trusts & Estates work which includes the creation of wills, trusts and inheritance tax planning, Powers of Attorney, administration of estates and Court of Protection work.

Read the October issue of Inspire Cheshire

The October edition of Inspire Cheshire is now live on the website with lots more interesting articles, competitions and reader offers.

This month, we tell the story of Cheshire business woman Geraldine Marks who has created her own range of amazing seasonings called Herby Hog. Geraldine is offering two prizes for Inspire Cheshire readers.

We chat to permanent make-up artist Charlene Baker about her business and how she is seeing an increase in the number of men seeking aesthetic treatments.

We profile Great British Bake Off contestant Dan, who lives in Cheshire with his wife and two children, and is proving a big hit on this year’s show.

Cathy Pettingale, Director of Operations for KidsBank, spoke at the latest Inspire Cheshire Luncheon Club where she asked for your help to collect toys, clothes and toiletries for children living in poverty in Cheshire this Christmas.

Cullimore Dutton renews its support for KidsBank and their Christmas One More Gift Appeal

We are delighted to have renewed our support for Cheshire charity KidsBank making it our nominated charity for the next six months.

Colleagues at the firm will be holding a series of fundraising events over the coming months to raise money for the charity. They will also be collecting donations of toys, clothes and toiletries from now until November 30th to help children living in poverty in Cheshire this Christmas.

One in three children in the UK are living in poverty and 7.2 million families in the UK are going without essentials.

Staff, friends, partners and clients are being invited to donate a gift to the charity’s One More Gift Appeal, to donate to their Crowdfunding page, or to volunteer some time to help Cullimore Dutton and the charity to process and distribute presents from the charity’s Christmas Hub in Ellesmere Port to children facing hardship.

Andrew Wright, Managing Director of Cullimore Dutton, said: “This is our second year supporting KidsBank, an inspiring charity that does so much to help families in Cheshire.

“We are encouraging everyone in the business to get involved to do their bit to help, whether that’s donating a gift, giving their spare time to fundraise or helping to distribute the gifts we collect to families in need.

“We’ll also be giving staff time during their working hours to support the appeal so they can help to process and distribute all the gifts. Together, we can make a difference and help to change lives.”

KidsBank Chester was set up in 2019 by Cathy Pettingale based on the idea of food banks, but supplying pre-loved and new toys, clothes and equipment to children aged between 0-12 years within the Cheshire West and Chester area. To date almost 111,000 items have been gifted to KidsBank families. Each year the number of children referred at Christmas has doubled.

Cathy Pettingale, Founder and Director of Operations for KidsBank, said: “We’re delighted that Cullimore Dutton has nominated KidsBank as their chosen charity for the second year.

“Each year we help to provide gifts to children who would otherwise not receive a present at Christmas. In 2022, with the help of our supporters, we ensured 790 children were provided with gifts. We anticipate up to 1,500 children will need our support this year.

“We try to give as many children as we can a bundle of gifts and sometimes this is all they have. By helping to provide gifts to all children referred to us, we can help provide hope and joy to those families and help improve mental health and well-being.”

Cullimore Dutton will be accepting donations of gifts, marked for the ‘KidsBank Appeal’, at our office on 27 Newgate Street, Chester CH1 1DE between Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, between now and November 30.

We will then be helping the charity to distribute the gifts during the first week of December.

If you’d like to find out more please contact us. 

The KidsBank Christmas Wish List has lots of ideas for boys and girls of different age groups.


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In this month’s Inspire Cheshire, we tell the story of Cheshire paratriathlete Lizzie Tench who recently battled gale force winds to climb Yr Wyddfa (formerly Snowdon) in her wheelchair.

We’re tickled by a new exhibition in Liverpool celebrating the life of Sir Ken Dodd and we have a profile on TV anchor Clive Myrie who will be appearing at Chester Cathedral tomorrow to talk about his journey from a paperboy to a BBC star.

We talk to Jeremy Jordan, a director at Changing Home, one of the best-known estate agents in Chester. Changing Home is offering readers of Inspire Cheshire the chance to win two £50 vouchers for a meal at the popular Italian family restaurant La Fattoria, which is very close to their office in Lower Bridge Street.

We’re also giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to listen to Countryfile star Julia Bradbury talking about the power of nature following her treatment for breast cancer. She’ll be appearing at Birkenhead School in Oxton, Wirral, on Wednesday.

There are also details about the next Inspire Cheshire Luncheon Club which is being held on October 3rd at Brasserie Abode in Chester.

Changing Lives Business issue: July 23

Welcome to the July’s issue of Changing Lives: our business newsletter

This month we are delighted to announce the launch of Inspire Cheshire, our new sister website which celebrates the best things in Cheshire, across Business, Lifestyle, Wellbeing, Community and Sport.

Every month, Inspire Cheshire includes interesting features, competitions and local events and you can register to receive it for free at

We believe our Luncheon Club is the best networking lunch in Cheshire. We have now moved it under our Inspire Cheshire brand, and renamed it as the Inspire Cheshire Luncheon Club. For full details, and to book your place at our September event, please see page 11.

This month in our legal corner, Sarah Mansfield, Head of Commercial & Property Litigation provides an update on the Renters Reform Bill and its aims. We also have a partner feature from Code Nation, a Cheshire-based private training and education provider dedicated to bridging the digital skills gap in the UK. CEO David Muir explains what Code Nation has to offer including access to up to 90% funding for their training programmes.

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Welcome to Inspire

Welcome to Inspire

Inspire will celebrate the best of Cheshire.

We have created a separate brand and dedicated website to provide our clients and connections with lots of added value and, to let you see that there is far more to us than merely the best possible legal and financial services.

Each month, you’ll be able to catch up on exclusive content in the following areas:

  • Business
  • Sport
  • Lifestyle
  • Wellbeing
  • Community

We’ll aim to inspire our clients and connections with great interviews, ideas, tips and regular reader offers.

There are so many things to inspire us in Cheshire.

We have a vibrant business community, a dynamic eating and drinking scene, bustling theatre and arts, some wonderful heritage on our doorstep, incredible green spaces and, perhaps most important of all, a fantastic can-do community spirit.

Inspire will do its bit to celebrate all of this and more.


Changing Lives Client Newsletter: June 23

Welcome to the July issue of Changing Lives – the Inspire issue!

This month, we are delighted to introduce you to Inspire, our new brand which celebrates of the best things in Cheshire, across Lifestyle, Business, Wellbeing, Community and Sport.

Also this month, paralegal Kara Nicholls makes a welcome return to our property team having been on maternity leave since she welcomed baby Phoebe to the world in September 2022.

New to this issue, we have teamed up with Chester BID to bring you a series of offers from local business, from free fizz and discounted meals to free health and wellbeing programmes – offers can be found on the back page, enjoy!

Did you know we also have a business newsletter?
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