Entrepreneur and charity fundraiser Michael Josephson finds his happy at home in his Cheshire garden
PUBLISHED: 16:24 15 December 2020 | UPDATED: 16:24 15 December 2020
Cheshire-based entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Josephson MBE is the founder of Stocks 2015 Ltd and of the annual Michael Josephson Summer Ball. A passionate charity supporter and fundraiser, Michael is chairman of Patrons at Variety, the Children’s Charity and Variety North-West, as well as having held high-profile positions at a number of other national and local charities. He lives in Nether Alderley with his husband.
Where do you live and why?
Living in Alderley Park is wonderful, surrounded by parkland stretching over 400 acres with many scenic running and walking routes and breathtaking views to enjoy.
Where do you head for a health kick?
Daily walks around Alderley Park and trying to watch my diet. I find walking very relaxing; it’s a great way to relieve work or life stress and of course, the countryside in Cheshire is beautiful.
And to indulge?
I love socialising with friends for dinner and drinks. We often have people over to the house or we go out with them, usually locally. We have some great restaurants around us serving wonderful food along with fine wines and champagnes. Supporting local hospitality and business is very important, particularly at the moment of course.
Where are your favourite places to shop?
I always support local business and try to buy as much of my food as possible from the local farm shops.
Where do you go to relax?
I love relaxing at home the most. There really is no place like it. I have quite an active life with my business and charity work. I love all of it, but it’s good to wind down at home after a busy week.
What is your favourite building in Cheshire?
I think Capesthorne Hall is a wonderful building. I’ve been for walks, charity events and carol concerts and have something very special in the pipeline planned with them in the near future.
What do you consider to be the finest view in Cheshire?
Without a doubt it is The Edge; the view is absolutely amazing, and it is so peaceful.
What do you miss most about Cheshire when you are away?
I love our home and the location and all the amazing people and places we have around us. While I love travelling for both business and pleasure, you can’t beat being back home in Cheshire.
What is your happy place?
Other than seeing the hope, joy and life improvement my charity work can bring, it’s relaxing in our wonderful garden enjoying the view and peacefulness.
How will you spend Christmas?
Each Christmas we celebrate with my wonderful partner’s mother who comes over from Whitby for Christmas week, and we go for Christmas lunch to The 39 Steps in Styal, which is fantastic.
Can you sum up your Cheshire Life, in three words?
Friends, location, happiness.