3000 support Light Up a Life service

6000 lights lit up the hearts of Wirral Hospice supporters as they honoured the memory of their loved ones at this year’s helen jones 002 - CopyLight up a Life event.

Over 3000 supporters attended the switch on and special remembrance service held in the Hospital grounds.
Radio Merseyside’s Helen Jones was the compere for the evening and was very well received by the audience ensuring that everything ran smoothly and to time.

The lights were switched on by Upton brothers Tomas & Louie Stiles in memory of their dad, Rich Stiles followed by singing from choir ‘Off Pitch’ and a beautiful solo from singer Caroline England. It was a very special moment when the audience was addressed by Jenny Sinclair, daughter of Lady Grace Sheppard and The Rt Reverend Lord David Sheppard, who spoke about her experience of the work of Wirral Hospice. The service concluded with a blessing from The Bishop of Birkenhead, Rt Reverend Keith Sinclair.

Wirral Hospice would like to thank Wirral Globe for their continued support of this special event over many years and all in the local community for their generous donations, which are now standing at over £88,000. Hayley Gough, Events Manager said “This is a very special event for the Hospice and the Wirral community and we give our grateful thanks to everyone who has been involved in and supported Light up a Life in our 30th Anniversary Year”.

[Image – Left to right: Jenny Sinclair, Radio Merseyside’s Helen Jones, Louie Stiles, Tomas Stiles]


Wirral Hospice supporter prepares for London

One race isn’t enough for Marc Roberts – he’s now secured a place in the Virgin London Marathon. His various challenges have included the Wirral Half marc_roberts_halfords - CopyMarathon and with cousin James Murphy and friend Thomas Munro, did a stint on the static bike and rode 150 miles in Halfords, Bromborough.

“From the very first moment I decided to run the London Marathon, there was only ever one charity that stood out to me and one that is so close to my heart. Wirral Hospice cared for my late ‘Nan Dolly’ and my wife’s ‘Grandad Ray’. Raising money and running the marathon is the very least I can do to show our appreciation to such a wonderful charity”.

From now until the marathon, which takes place April 2014, Marc has plans for more challenges to continue to raise money for Wirral Hospice.

“We should all be so proud to have such a fantastic Hospice right on our doorstep”.

Visit Marc’s Just Giving page to see his progress – http://www.justgiving.com/MarcRoberts25

[Image: Marc (central) with James, Thomas and work colleagues at Halfords, Bromborough].

Hobby & Craft Fair raises £2,200 for Wirral Hospice

Building upon the success of last year, this year’s event saw the opening hours doubled, an increased number of stallholders and the added delight of bacon butties to fuel all in attendance! SAM_0480 - CopyHundreds of visitors poured through Heswall Hall doors on Saturday 26th October for the second Wirral Hospice St John’s Hobby & Craft Fair.

The event was packed with local businesses, groups and hobby enthusiasts – all demonstrating fantastic talent and skill. Visitors had a wide variety of craft to browse, from woodwork, engraving and photography to cake making, jewellery and embroidery.

Stalls selling refreshments, homemade jams, homemade craft items and gift shop goods all raised money for Wirral Hospice, with a chocolate tombola ticking all the boxes for those with a sweet tooth.

Fundraising Co-ordinator Kerry Threadgill reflects on the success of the event saying, “it was an absolute pleasure to host another Hobby & Craft Fair. A fantastic £2,200 was raised, which is reflective of the generosity and hard work put in by so many amazing volunteers. A huge thank you to all involved!”

[Image: Wirral Hospice volunteer Pat Jones enjoys the fair].

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.

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