#Christmastree #recycling in support of your local Hospice #charity #newyear #volunteers

As Christmas is now over we thought we would send a reminder about this year’s Christmas tree recycling scheme. If you haven’t already booked your real tree in for collection there is still time for you to do so.

In return for a suggested £5 or £7 donation, depending on the size of your tree, we will come to your house and take your old, wilting tree away! Please visit our website and follow the links to book in your collection.

Bookings will close at midnight on Wednesday 4th January 2017.

We will then be collecting trees from 9.30am to 4pm daily on Saturday 7th January through to Thursday 12th January.

Volunteer support would also be very welcome, almost 1,000 trees have been signed up at the time of sending this email! If you have a transit or big box van and could help on Saturday 7th and/or Sunday 8th January (or any of the dates leading up to 12th January), please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Fundraising Office on 0151 343 0778. Hard hats, high vis jackets, a packed lunch will be provided along with a hearty slap on the back!

Equally, if you’d have a wood chipping machine and would benefit from having chippings from several hundred trees, please also get in touch. The more drop-off points we have the better to keep our mileage costs as low as possible.

Many thanks for your valued support!
The Fundraising Team xx

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The wonderful world of #Fundraising #Volunteers #Hospiceheroes

wirral_hospice_gift_shop_elvesFundraising volunteers make up a major part of the fundraising team and without volunteer support in the gift shop, the Fundraising Office, our six charity shops and out at fundraising events the Hospice would struggle to raise the funds needed to provide the very important care that it gives to the Wirral community.

Our Hospice gift shop is open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm from September to January and is staffed by a team of dedicated volunteers who get the first glimpses of new stock, label them up and put them out for customers to see and, hopefully, buy. It is exciting every time new stock comes in and handbags and DSC_0211shoes always cause a bit of a stir within the office. This week, two of our shop volunteers, Linda and Barb, were labelling up some gorgeous new jewellery that had just arrived and they shared why they loved volunteering at the shop.  ‘I like being part of the fundraising team and giving something back’ says Linda, who looks forward to seeing customers she sees every year who buy their Christmas cards and gifts from our shop, Linda says ‘it’s really nice to get to know people and see them again and again’. Barb’s personal experience with the hospice bereavement group is part of why she volunteers ‘It was hard going to the group that first time, but I made some amazing friends and I’m glad I went’ Barb explained that she volunteers so that services like the bereavement group can continue.

DSCF5050The Fundraising Office has a volunteer on reception every day of the week, and each day in the office is different, along with answering calls on the reception desk, opening the post and doing admin duties, our office volunteers find themselves doing all manner of jobs to help the fundraising team each and every day. Sometimes it’s modelling the latest ebay item (we recently saw our Friday morning volunteer Pat out in the sunshine in a designer waterproof cape soon to appear on ebay– see picture), or wrapping the constant stream of raffle prizes for our events throughout the year, often our volunteers are answering the phone while labelling up the next weekend’s ever popular tombola. Karen, our Friday afternoon volunteer remembers coming in on a hot summer’s day wearing a Christmas jumper for a photograph for reopening of the Gift Shop (see above), Karen says ‘it was hot, but very funny and definitely worth it!’

Away from theJoanne Ashworth Fundraising Office we have six charity shops across Wirral; Claughton, Heswall, Liscard, Moreton, New Brighton and West Kirby. Each of these shops need on average twenty five volunteers per week to operate fully. This army of volunteers receive donations, organise and arrange stock, clean, tidy and decorate the shops along with greeting and selling to customers. Volunteers in these shops love to see what treasures have been donated, some of the largest being a 1980s trailer tent and a 1960s pram.  Sometimes we get some very unusual donations which cause a bit of a buzz among the retail team; often these rare beauties are taken back to the fundraising office to be listed on our ebay shop.

Along 03with volunteers who come into the Hospice and shops regularly we also have volunteers who come to our fundraising events and stalls to assist with tombolas, raffles, selling goods & refreshments etc.  Each event is different and there are many funny stories of wild British weather, or crazy fashion shows and fancy gala dinners. Behind many events there is a great deal of cake, and where we have refreshment stalls we have cakes lovingly baked for the Hospice by our baking volunteers who are called upon before an event to see if they are free to get cooking.  These donated cakes not only keep our refreshment stalls well stocked but provide great variety to each event, as there is always a different flavour available from the classic Victoria sponge to marmalade and butterscotch.

Our wonderful volunteers make the Hospice what it is today, whether they are in fundraising raising money, helping with the running of the hospice, serving refreshments in the Hub Café or supporting patients & their families, without their dedication and support the Hospice would struggle to exist.  We always need more volunteers and are looking for;

  • Fundraising Office Reception volunteer on Wednesday afternoons 1-4
  • Charity shop volunteers
  • Ebay volunteers

If you would like to join the fundraising team please call 0151 343 0778 or email jacintaw@wirralhospice.org and we will be able to provide you with more information on what opportunities are available.

Would your family like to help us with #LightUpALife #LUAL this year?

DSC_0423-2Wirral Hospice St John’s Light Up A Life is quite a few months away yet but we are inviting families to come forward if they might like to help us with this year’s campaign. We know how special our lights are to so many of our supporters in remembering and celebrating loved ones, and we are very grateful for the incredible support we get at this time of year.

If you would be happy to share why you take part in Light Up A Life, we think that it would be lovely for other supporters to read about your stories if we were able to share them on our facebook page and on twitter in the months leading up to when the lights are officially switched on (this year’s switch-on will be at 5.30pm on Sunday 6 December).

Our local newspaper, the Wirral Globe, is very supportive of Light Up A Life so it would be lovely to also share some of your stories with them too if you’d be happy for us to do that.

We appreciate that Light Up A Life can be a very emotional time so this is to reassure people that we are not looking to exploit people’s grief; we only want to share stories where people are happy for that to be the case and where they feel strong enough to do so.

If you would like to help us in some way or find out what information may be needed before you decide if you’d like to help, please can you contact Teresa Nightingale on 0151 343 0778 (Fundraising office is open Mon to Fri 9am-5pm) or email teresan@wirralhospice.org with your contact details and a good day/time to be called. We look forward to hearing from some of you and learning more about why Light Up A Life means so much to you and your family.

#Chocolate #Cake & #Craft Wirral Hospice Hobby Fair

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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

Introducing our Wirral Comets #hospiceheroes #volunteersweek

Wirral Hospice St John’s is very proud to introduce a new support group: The Wirral Comets!

The Wirral Comets have been set up by some of the fundraising volunteers at the Hospice and together enjoy social events such as visits to the theatre, meals out, cinema trips, as well as working as a group help to support and organise fundraising events to raise much-needed funds for the Hospice.

They have lots of fun along the way and are full of smiles and cheery optimism when facing adversity; such as terrible weather at outdoor events, having to professionally wrap a gazillion items for our raffles, helping us to unjam the photocopier when we’re trying to print out posters for an event, thinking of new ways to encourage people to visit our charity stands at events… The list could go on and on!

They are an amazingly friendly bunch and would love to welcome new faces to the gang. If you would be interested in becoming a Wirral Comet, please call Teresa or Hayley on 0151 343 0778 or email  teresan@wirralhospice.org / hayley@wirralhospice.org – we can also put you in touch with some of the group directly so you can hear from them about their experiences (which hopefully won’t put you off wishing to join!!!).

Thank you again to our wonderful Wirral Comets, you’re all fantastic Hospice Heroes!

Author: Teresa Nightingale

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