Pledging together to promote Hospice care for Wirral

wirral_hospice_hcw_gorry_quinn - CopyWirral Clinical Commissioning Group and Wirral Hospice St John’s came together to make a joint Pledge as part of the national Hospice Care Week campaign.

Sarah Quinn, Commissioning Manager for Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group, and Julie Gorry, Chief Executive for Wirral Hospice St John’s, made the pledge to tell at least five other people about how important and valuable Hospice services are.

They both agreed to spread the word on how the Hospice and its staff care for people who are affected by cancer and other life-limiting conditions at the time when they, their families and their loved ones most need it.

By signing the pledge, they joined more than 400 other local people at Wirral Hospice St John’s and online to educate at least 2,000 residents in the Wirral community about the work the local Hospice carries out.

Across the UK, more than 100 hospices took part in this year’s Hospice Care campaign and many supporters took the pledge to help to get this important message across.

 Sarah says, “supporting those living with cancer and other non-malignant conditions and caring for needs of those dying from these illnesses are amongst our main priorities. We want people living in Wirral to think about the difficult choices that need to be considered when facing life threatening illness and to help them be aware of the options available to them”.

She continued “We have taken the pledge to raise awareness about Hospice Care locally because we are committed to working with clinicians and health professionals to make sure that those in need of end of life, or palliative care as it is known, can have the choice to receive this at the local hospice, Wirral Hospice St John’s, or in the comfort of their own homes through their Hospice@Home initiative”.

Julie added  ”As the local provider of Hospice services for adults on Wirral, we want to make sure that people know about our quality services and if they are affected by life limiting illnesses, that we are here to help with end of life care for patients, families, carers and those who matter to patients.”

[Image – Wirral Hospice St John’s Chief Executive, Julie Gorry, right and Sarah Quinn, Commissioning Manager for Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group, left].


Over £1000 for a haircut!

Simon Hughes wanted everyone to know how much he loved his Nan and so he cut his beloved hair to raise money for Wirral Hospice, where she passed away.

With the support of his friends, family and work colleagues at Stanlow Refinery in Ellesmere Port, Simon raised an incredible £1003.60 in sponsorship for a charity that is close to his heart.

“My Nan experienced a bit of a funny turn just after her 70th birthday and after tests, was told she had cancer. After an operation, it was clear that there wasn’t much else that could be done other than to give her medication and make her more comfortable. Eventually, my Nan went to Wirral Hospice because her own house just wasn’t suitable anymore.

I visited her everyday on my way home from work and was blown away by the energy and happy atmosphere there. Most days I would leave the Hospice with a smile on my face, which on reflection is very impressive considering the situation.

I feel blessed that my Nan got to spend her last weeks there because I think she received the best care possible. I feel the same way about the care my granddad received at Wirral Hospice 7 years ago. I was only young during this time but I do remember how brilliant the staff were. Fortunately my granddad pulled through and has been clear of cancer ever since.

I can’t say I have never felt sad at the Hospice but I can say I have always felt comfort. That is why I chose to raise money for Wirral Hospice St John’s. It is plain to see how much good work takes place there – not just for the patients but for their families too. You can see where the money goes and I think anyone who has ever had someone they love spend time at Wirral Hospice would agree”.

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Images: Simon before, during & after his haircut.

Trekking the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu


Walking in the footsteps of the Incas gave Wirral Hospice supporter Ann Scriven the inspiration to raise £885. Ann Spent 4 days trekking the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru following intensive training.ann_scriven_trek

To prepare herself for the challenge, she spent 6 months improving her fitness levels so she could be confident in herself in completing 26 miles. As well as rough terrain, she also had to contend with little matters such as altitude sickness.

Ann, who was fundraising in support of the Lady Captain’s Charity at Eastham Golf Club, said it was an amazing experience! “After the long treks each day, the porters went ahead to set up camp where we received a hot meal. Not having to wash up after a long hard day was great!”

“Reaching the amazing ruins of Machu Picchu was fantastic and truly a once in a lifetime experience! I raised £885 in sponsorship in aid of Wirral Hospice St John’s, which will go towards caring for future patients and their families”.

Midnight Walk Success

300 pairs of pink bunny ears ensured the success of the Wirral Hospice St John’s 30th Anniversary Midnight Walk on 21st September. Each walker collected goody bags of water, chocolate and fruit and joined in with an energetic warm up before setting off for the 5.5 mile walk up Hoylake Road and along the promenade finishing at Morrisons in West Kirby.

Hayley Gough, Events Manager said “We were honoured to have had our Hospice supporter Sarah Parr bravely speaking about her own experience of Wirral Hospice following the care that her dad received here. We would like to thank everyone involved in making the event another great success, including all of our fantastic walkers and volunteers”.

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