Annie, #Glowing for #WirralHospice

annie-jNow that our first Glow with the Flow walk is over, we wanted to speak to one of our walkers to see how they found this neon filled walk. Our first person accross the line, Annie, was more than happy to share her experience:

Annie, what made you sign up to this event?

It sounded like such a fun event to be part of, I signed up as soon as the Fundraising Team announced it! Some dear family and friends have been cared for by the Hospice which is why it’s so close to my heart.

Was the event what you expected?

It was even better! There was an amazing atmosphere from the moment I arrived. Excited and colourful women, young and old, everywhere you looked. People laughing and having their faces painted, it felt a bit like a carnival.

What was the highlight of the night for you?

I was very proud to have been asked to lead the walk so that everyone knew where to go. We had marshals in place too all along the route but it was a great feeling to know that I was marching 900 women and girls along. I got so into it waving my glow sticks about that when I turned around a couple of times my fellow walkers had lagged some way behind so I had to wait for them to catch up!

How much have you raised in sponsorship so far?

So far it’s £366 online and I have raised about £250 from good old-fashioned sponsor forms. People have been very generous so I would just like to say a really big thank you for your support. It means so much to me and I know it does to the Hospice too.

You can find Annie’s page here

What would you recommend people do to prepare for the event?

I’m a keen walker anyway and have two dogs that need a lot of exercise so it was easy for me to cope with that distance. Though I must say I don’t usually walk quite so fast or with glowing bunny ears on! It’s an event for people of all abilities and  five miles is an achievable distance that you only really need to put in some gentle training in the weeks leading up.

Would you take part in this event again?

Yes, I can’t wait until next year!

Thank you to Annie and everyone who took part in and supported ‘Glow with the Flow’. We had more than 900 walkers glowing as they walked from West Kirby to Hoylake and back for our five mile walk!

We are delighted by the support we received from local business and the council which enabled this event to be such a success and we hope to have raised over £20,000 from this amazing walk.

Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the night.

Author: Jacinta Warwick

Launching our new #SummerMemories campaign

Hospice photoWe are very excited to announce our new Summer Memories campaign. You can sponsor one of our flowers.

These beautiful ornamental flowers will be displayed in bright yellow wheelbarrows around Wirral Hospice St John’s gardens until 31 August. After which, you will then be able to visit the Hospice in early September to pick up your flower, or we will post it out if that is what you have requested.Website Square

Each flower is locally sourced and is roughly 25cm high, 1cm thick and made out of a high quality resin that will not snap and should withstand all that the British summer has to throw at it. The flower will also come with a label attached on which you can write a dedication in memory of a loved one if you choose.

This campaign invites supporters to sponsor a flower and help us raise much-needed funds towards our special care and support of our patients and their families.

Local solicitors Kirwans, have very kindly sponsored this campaign, we are very grateful for their most generous support.

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Flower sponsorship starts at £5 per flower but you can donate more if you would like to.

You can sponsor a flower in the following ways:

Call the Fundraising Office on 0151 343 0778

Or, download our form here and return it to: Fundraising Office, Wirral Hospice St John’s, Mount Road, Higher Bebington, Wirral CH63 6JE.

For more information please call our Fundraising Office on 0151 343 0778.

#Fundraising News

 

DSC_0042 (3).jpgThere are lots of ways people can and do support our charity’s special work. Thank you to everyone who fundraises or supports local fundraising activities in aid of Wirral Hospice St John’s, we are very grateful for your help.

Here are some upcoming activities you might be interested in:

Lottery Rollover stands at £7,000!!!
Our Hospice’s weekly lottery has a top weekly prize of £2,000 and the second prize of £500 can rollover up to £10,000! There are also 32 other guaranteed cash prizes to be won every week. For this week’s draw on Fri 24 June 2016, the Rollover currently stands at an amazing £7,000!!!

If you would like to become a weekly member, paying £1 a week, please call our lottery team on 0151 334 0348 or pop in to the fundraising office. You’ve got to be ‘in it to win it’! A chance to win…a way to care!

National Gardens Scheme (NGS) Open Garden: Wed 22 June 1.30-5pm
3 Earle Drive, Parkgate CH64 6RY
Beautiful garden, new to the NGS calendar this year. Admission £3 adults, free for children. Refreshments on sale in aid of our Hospice.

Band Night: Sat 25 June, 7.30pm til late
Village Hall, Thornton Hough
Entry fee: suggest donation of £10 to the Hospice
Bands: Absaloot, Survivors of Mild Peril and Mono LPS.
Organised by supporter Andy Barnes to mark his 50th birthday in support of the Hospice.
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Summer Strum: Sat 9 July 12-9pm & Sun 10 July, 12-6pm
Hoylake Rugby Club
Weekend of folk music organised by the Wirral Ukulele Orchestra, Summer Strum is in aid of our charity and MIND. Free entry, great family atmosphere. Camping spots even available if you don’t fancy travelling back and to. Should be a cracking weekend!
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London to Paris: 20-24 July
Our team of intrepid Hospice Heroes will be taking on the challenge of cycling from London to Paris. An amazing amount of money has been raised by the group so far and there are some incredibly moving stories as to why they are taking on these personal goals.

If you’d like to support any of our cyclists with a donation or are perhaps even keen to take on your own personal challenge, even if it isn’t quite as arduous as cycling 300miles, please contact Michelle, Sam or Jamie-Leigh on 0151 343 0778 about what runs and challenges we have coming up.
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It’s A Knockout: Sat 30 July
Wirral Rugby Club
Ever wanted to take part in hit TV show from yonder years? Now is your chance! £10 per person, teams of 6-10 and we can help make up teams. Please get in touch with Jamie-Leigh on 0151 343 0778 if you fancy a whirl or would like to volunteer at the event. It should be a fantastic laugh and great atmosphere for participants and spectators. Free entry for those coming along to watch and cheer on the teams, there will be food stalls and a bar, as well as children’s rides and entertainment too.
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sainsburys money boxPlease vote for us in the Sainsbury’s Local Charity Public Vote!
We’ve been shortlisted for both Sainsbury’s Upton and Sainsbury’s Neston it would be great to get selected to one of their partners and truly incredible if we end up partnering with both! Votes count, so please do it on work computers and any mobiles, laptops, tablets etc you have at home. Please encourage your friends and family to vote for us too. We only have until Sun 26 June to register votes so don’t put it off too long, please!

If you have any questions, suggestions or burning ideas to raise funds for Wirral Hospice’s special care and support of our patients and their loved ones, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me: Teresa Nightingale, Head of Fundraising 0151 343 0778  /  fundraising@wirralhospice.org, thank you.

Best wishes
Teresa x
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81 Days ‘Till #LondontoParis!

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Left To Right: Jo & Chris

It’s getting ever closer to this year’s London to Paris Bike Ride, an awesome and epic cycle through 300 miles of rural towns and countryside from the 20th – 24th July, our twelve strong team are working hard to train and raise funds for the hospice in preparation for this adventure. One member of last year’s team, Chris, spoke to us recently about her experiences with last year’s London to Paris Cycle.

What made you take part in the event?

“As I was an employee of the Hospice observing how hard the staff work in order to support patients and their families, I felt a strong desire to help their efforts and to raise as much money as possible. Jo, who completed the cycle with me, has also worked as a nurse and was keen to be involved.”

How did you find the fundraising side? What was the best way of raising funds?

Fundraising was lots of fun and a great learning experience. We found the best method of fundraising is communication and involvement of family, friends and colleagues. There are many events which, in our case, proved financially beneficial towards our target e.g. coffee morning, fashion shows, pub quizzes, raffles, etc. all time consuming but great fun.”

What did you enjoy about the cycle ride?

“The cycle was awesome from start to finish. Beautiful English and French countryside with local residents and passers-by clapping and cheering encouraging all the cyclists. The finish cycling around the Eiffel Tower is a wonderful, wonderful memory. It is a lifetime experience not to be missed and we have no doubt one we hope to experience again. It surpasses my 7 global marathons and is an achievement we are both very proud.”

What advice can you give to this year’s riders?

“Enjoy the training and include a few hills!! It will be well worth it.”

Another one of last year’s riders, Frank, is doing it all over again this year, he shared with us why he wanted to do the challenge a second time.

IMAG0804 - Copy edit“I’m taking on the London to Paris ride for the second consecutive year. I think that tells you something in itself. It was such an inspirational trip for me. Not just in terms of the personal challenge and the wonderful countryside which the ride passes through between the two capitals. But the shared experience, friendship and support my fellow riders gave to each other was something very special. This July, it will be a privilege to ride again with others who are taking on this challenge for Wirral Hospice St John’s.”

Cycling from London to Paris is one of the great cycle experiences in Europe covering over 300 miles in 4 days. With long days in the saddle and some strenuous hill-climbs, the sight of the Eiffel Tower, the finishing point, evokes a real sense of achievement. It is an inspirational and challenging experience to treasure forever.

If you would like to take part in the 2017 London to Paris challenge simply call Michelle on 0151 343 0778 or email michellet@wirralhospice.org for a full information pack and everything you need to take part in this fantastic event.

Author: Jacinta Warwick

#ultimatefan’s view of @Status_Quo @wirralrocks

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Hospice staff get mean and moody in double denim: L to R: Sandy, Michelle & John

With all the excitement surrounding the upcoming Wirral Rocks concert at Tranmere Rovers in May, you may (or may not) be surprised to hear that we have an überfan of Status Quo here in our ranks at Wirral Hospice St John’s. Needless to say our Finance Manager, John Pentland, is very (very very very) excited that our Wirral Rocks concert has ‘The Quo’ headlining on the Saturday night. So, for those of us who aren’t too sure about what all the fuss is about, we thought we would ask him exactly why he loves the legendary rockers so much.

 

When and where did you first see Status Quo?
I first saw Status Quo at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in December 2001.

How did that come about? Had you been a fan for a while?
I had been into rock music for a while and had been to a lot of different concerts but had never really been a fan of Status Quo. Of course, I was aware of their music as most people are, but I was not really a fan and had not considered going to see them live. Then one day my niece phoned up and said she was buying tickets to take her mum and dad to see Status Quo in Liverpool, and asked if my wife and I wanted to go with them. I said “yes,why not!”.

What were your thoughts on that first gig?
We were in the next to back row at the very top of the circle, so pretty much the worst seats in the house and I was not expecting to have a great time. However, when The Quo came onstage they totally blew me away. I was hooked from the first minute. It was the best gig I had ever seen. They tore through an unbelievable back catalogue of hits, and the energy coming off them was truly amazing! We all had an awesome night!

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John has been lucky to get seats close to the stage action!

How many times do you think you’ve seen them since 2001?
Since then Gill and I have seen Status Quo 27 times. We go to quite a lot of concerts of all different types, but the Quo gigs are the highlight of the year for us. We always go to their winter shows in either Liverpool or Manchester, and try to get to as many of the outdoor summer shows as we can reasonably get to! In 2014 we saw them 4 times, and last year we saw them 3 times!

 

What are they like performing live?
The Quo are like a finely tuned machine. They have been performing live all of their lives, and they have got the performance down to a “T”.  They are amazingly good musicians, and don’t really get the credit they deserve musically. I have never seen a bad Quo gig. They always give it all they have got and, the energy coming off the stage is infectious. I defy anyone to attend a Status Quo gig and not have a good time!

For people who may not be fans of SQ, how would you try to encourage them to give them a listen?
The live experience is nothing like listening to the records. It is a magical experience to see Status Quo live. The thing is, they are packing in touring the electric set after this year, and will only be doing some acoustic shows in future. Their acoustic shows are great, but they are a totally different proposition, they are sit down affairs in smaller venues. So our show is one of the last ever full on electric guitar driven Status Quo shows! I urge anyone who is vaguely interested in rock or pop music to take the opportunity of seeing The Quo live at our gig in May – I guarantee you will have a great night out!

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John’s wife, Gill, is an equally big fan of Status Quo!

What’s your favourite SQ song?
I love “Rain”, “Big Fat Mama” and “Forty Five Hundred Times” – not their most popular songs but some of the ones that sound amazing live!

 

What’s your favourite SQ album?
There are so, so many to choose from, but for me the “Heavy Traffic” album from 2002 is my favourite. I was right at the front for the Liverpool show of the Heavy Traffic tour that year, it was the first time I had seen The Quo close up and it was an experience I will never forget.

Why is Wirral Rocks so important to Wirral Hospice St John’s?
It is getting more and more expensive for us to provide the superb care which we deliver each year.  If we can make this event successful and make it a regular part of our fundraising then it will take our income up a notch and enable us to carry on providing that care.

John  makes a good argument for seeing Status Quo; and with this year being their last performing an electric set it will be one of the very last times to experience ‘The Quo’ as he has.

Tickets are available on Ticketmaster via www.wirralrocks.com or by calling 0844 844 0444.

If VIP is more your thing; please contact Michelle Talgam on michellet@wirralhospice.org for more information about VIP tickets or our corporate sponsorship packages.

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Fancy taking part in a daft dress-down day like a Double Denim Day in aid of Wirral Hospice? Please contact the fundraising team on 0151 343 0778, we’d love to hear from you!

 

Author: Jacinta Warwick

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