Judi Ebbrell, new clinical leader joins Wirral Hospice from @CCCNHS

wirral_hospice_judi_ebbrellJudi Ebbrell has joined Wirral Hospice St John’s in the newly created role of Head of Clinical Services.

Tasked with contributing to the development and implementation of new strategies for end of life care which will reach out beyond the physical constraints of the Hospice site, Judi describes her role as ‘smoothing boundaries and working in partnership’ with other services.

Judi began her career as a care assistant, quickly progressing on to professional nurse training. In fact, continually pushing her own boundaries characterises her life: she became a district nurse in Wallasey, then qualified as an Advance Nurse Practitioner at Salford Royal Hospital, finally joining Wirral Hospice St John’s from Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, where she was Head of Nursing. She is currently studying for her Masters in Healthcare Leadership on the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson leadership programme.

“I understood very early on that undertaking holistic care in a Hospice setting was a unique thing: it is my perfect job,” she said. “The right leadership is crucially important in ensuring the patient is at the heart of everything we do.”

Author: Liz Rice, Wirral Hospice Volunteer


#Chocolate #Cake & #Craft Wirral Hospice Hobby Fair


Volunteer Sandra Fairclough at our delicious craft fair chocolate tombola 2012

It’s that time of year again; the leaves are falling (horizontally), it’s getting colder and our volunteers are feverishly putting the final finishes on their wonderful creations for this year’s Hobby & Craft Fair– the perfect event for a blustery October Saturday with its cosy crafty atmosphere, abundance of cakes and, of course, our winner chocolate tombola.

This year we have forty five stalls with sellers from all across Wirral, filled with beautiful handmade goods including; handbags, jewellery, wooden crafts, Christmas gifts, cards, jams, cakes, toys, art and much, much more.  Look out for Ruth & Olwen’s stall, covered with handmade Christmas gifts and decorations, including those notorious reindeer! Another of our fundraising volunteers, Sandra Fairclough (pictured), will be selling her famous cards at the fair; she gets orders for these from far and wide and makes each card with love by hand – they are bound to be a treat.

As usual we will have our own Wirral Hospice St John’s craft stall filled with beautiful handmade donations from our supporters from all across Wirral.  Our stall will be showcasing Christmas gifts and decorations; handmade woollen blankets; baby clothes; hats scarves & gloves; and toys to name but a few with all funds raised going towards the wonderful work the hospice does. Along with the Hospice Craft Stall we will be selling our new goods, gifts and cards straight from the Hospice Gift Shop.

Our extremely popular chocolate tombola will be back, along with refreshments including tea, cakes & bacon butties.  This year, for the first time, there will also be the facility to make your Light up a Life donation at the event and find out our other upcoming events from our information table.

Craft fair co-ordinator, Kerry Threadgill, says “I can’t wait; it’s one of the highlights of the year, with some of our volunteers holding their own stalls for the first time, its going to be lovely to see what they come up with”

The fair will be held at Heswall Hall, Saturday 25th October 10am – 4pm with entry at just £1.00.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Author: Jacinta Warwick

Brittany loses hair for patient care #hospiceheroes #headshave

Brittany White proved she is no ordinary teenager when she shaved her head at Revive hairdressers on 19th September to raise funds for Wirral Hospice St John’s.

A member of the Merseyside Army Cadets Hoylake Detachment, Brittany, 16, was adamant that she wanted to make a difference by raising money for a charity that has supported many of her family friends.

Brittany enlisted the help of many businesses in Heswall and Moreton, including her Mum’s place of work, Reebees Florist on Pensby Road, to display collection boxes and buckets on their counters in support of her challenge.

Brittany says, “I wanted to help people in the Hospice because I have known many people who have had illnesses like Cancer, including my Uncle and Granddad. I just thought about what others could gain from me doing it and knew it was important”.

When Brittany’s family initially heard about her idea, they didn’t think it would actually happen. Mum, Donna and Dad, Tony said, “We didn’t think Brittany would actually go through with it at first, but as the date moved closer and more sponsorship was raised, we knew it was what she wanted to do”.

As an alopecia sufferer, Donna knows how it hard it is to deal with hair loss and felt worried about Brittany going through a similar situation. The feelings of concern soon subsided as Donna, Tony and many of the businesses on Pensby Road watched Brittany lose her hair for charity. “Now that it has happened, we just feel so proud of her!”

With her long hair having been donated to The Little Princess Trust to make real hair wigs for children sbrittany_white_headshave_linzi_revive_wirral_hospiceuffering from hair loss, Brittany’s challenge has enabled not one, but two charities to benefit from her bravery.

With the help of her support team, Brittany has raised £1000 for Wirral Hospice.

Wirral Hospice St John’s Fundraising Co-ordinator, Kerry Threadgill said, “Shaving your head for charity can be a really scary thing to do but even more so for someone of such a young age. We are so touched by Brittany’s bravery and really commend her for raising such a fantastic amount of money to help provide care for our patients and their families”.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Brittany’s amazing challenge:
Reebees Florist, Revive Hairdressers, Belmar & Liston Funeral Directors, H. Jones & Sons Butchers, Fine Fruits, The Fig Tree Café, Frederick Howard Opticians, Gerrards Bakery, Cards ‘n’ Candy, Numark Pharmacy, Nagra Convenience Store, Merseyside Army Cadets Hoylake Detachment, Brittany’s family, Andy Benson & all of Brittany’s friends and everyone else who has generously donated. Thank you!

­­To support Brittany, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/Brittany-kerry/

Wirral Hospice proudly supports #HospiceCareWeek

13027 HCW sticker BLUE_whiteHospice Care Week, which began today, aims to show everyone what exactly ‘Hospice care’ means.  Wirral’s own Hospice, Wirral Hospice St John’s, is inviting Wirral residents to take an active part in the week by launching a full programme of activities.

Come and find out about the work carried out by Wirral Hospice by dropping into The Hub café, which is right in the heart of the Hospice on Monday 6 and Wednesday 8 October between 1.30 and 3pm.

The Hospice’s brand new Information Point will be opening its doors for the first time, so visitors can see how the Hospice aims to help not just patients, but also their families and carers too. Staffed by volunteers, the Information Point will help people to see what help is available to them, from helping them access the matrix of professional care to finding out where the nearest B&Bs and hotels are.


Local businesses are invited into Wirral Hospice on Friday 10 October in order to see the work of the Hospice and also to see how invaluable their support is to its running. Please contact Michelle Talgam, Fundraising Development Manager on 0151 343 0778 or at michellet@wirralhospice.org if you would like to be added to the guest list.

As part of the Hospice’s Families Matter Appeal, pupils from Wirral Grammar will be sharing thoughts on what it’s like to be aged 17 with patients and staff, and seeing if the challenges they face now are very different to generations who have gone before them.

Young children are also included, with the launch of a primary school art competition.

During the week, Wirral Hospice will also have a presence at The Light cinema, in New Brighton.

“We hope that everyone on the Wirral will be touched in some way with the projects the Hospice is running during Hospice Care Week,” said Teresa Nightingale, Head of Fundraising. “We look forward to seeing people and helping them to find out more about our special work.”

For further information, please contact Wirral Hospice’s main reception on 0151 334 2778.

Author: Liz Rice, Hospice Volunteer

Mud, sweat and a pint in memory of Jim #hospiceheroes #toughmudder

It’s no wonder that Tough Mudder – a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test all-around strength, stamina, teamwork and mental grit – is described as ‘probably the toughest event on the planet’. whsj_mark_cunningham_2

You may think an event boasting obstacle courses such as ‘Electroshock Therapy’, ‘Everest’ and ‘Artic Enema’ is surely a challenge that only hard-core fitness fanatics and adrenaline junkies would sign up for, but for Mark Cunningham and team ‘B Block’, a very special friend was the drive behind their challenge.

Mark says, “Jim Kelly was a serving Police Officer on a busy response block who would often put his welfare second to help people in times of need. Myself and many others in the team had the pleasure of working alongside him. Often affectionately called ‘The Angry Chimp’ on the Block, Jim was hands down one of the best Bobbies most of us ever had the pleasure to meet. After developing a brain tumour, Jim was cared for by the wonderful staff at Wirral Hospice St John’s before he passed away peacefully in February of this year. He was a colleague, a friend, a husband and a dad.”

As a tribute to their friend, Jim’s colleagues signed up for Tough Mudder North West in September, knowing that the event would have been right up Jim’s street. “He remained strong right to the end and so this was our chance to be strong for Jim”.

“We were all responsible for spreading the word and raising money – runners and cheerleaders together. As we arrived at the event, a chap with a microphone and PA saw us all – a sea of blue t-shirts and gave a shout out to thousands of people queuing to enter the course. Even a couple of marshals with megaphones further down the course gave the team and the Hospice a shout-out too! It was amazing. We were very proud to be representing Wirral Hospice, wearing our t-shirts with pride and remembering Jim as we put our all into each obstacle. As we crossed the finish line, we were presented with the infamous Tough Mudder headbands and a celebratory pint. We stood there together, pint in hand and toasted Jim and the Hospice. whsj_mark_cunningham_3

It’s taken a few days to start to feel human again – a few aches and pains in places that I never knew could ache and mud in places that mud really should never be! Raising money for Wirral Hospice St John’s is a small way of saying thank you to the amazing staff that do a tough job in such a caring way every day. We had an amazing time with lots of people on our support team wishing they had run the course too. I think the team will be bigger next year!”

Mark and the team have raised an incredible £945.00 for Wirral Hospice which will help us to continue to provide our special care future patients and their families. Thank you Team B Block!

To support Team B Block, visit their fundraising page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/BBlockToughMudder2014

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