As good as her word, Margie Freeman #hospiceheroes

Pictured: Margie preparing goody bags for What Women Want 2013

Pictured: Margie preparing goody bags for What Women Want 2013

‘When you’ve got time, try and put a little bit back’ – a motto fundraising volunteer Margie Freeman lives by.

Between looking after grandchildren, gardening and cruising around the world it’s hard to see how she has any time to ‘put a little bit back’ let alone the four days a week she dedicates to the Hospice.  A Hospice volunteer for seven years, she now volunteers at two Hospice charity shops (which she has been with since they opened), the Fundraising Office, the Hospice Gift Shop, the Hospice lottery team, not to mention tonnes of events throughout the year – she must have a time machine!

When asked about all her volunteering, Margie just shrugs and says she likes to be busy and that she can think of nowhere better than Wirral Hospice St John’s to give something back.

There’s not much else you need to know, always there when you need her – Margie Freeman, hospice hero.


 Author: Jacinta Warwick

Ways of supporting our Hospice’s work #charity # fundraising #volunteering #kindness

wirral_hospice_john_bear_craneJanuary and February are notoriously tight months; usually spending as little as possible to try and recover from the hit of Christmas presents and all the social events during the festive months (that have been known to start before September is even over. For some people at least!). Lots of big hearty home-cooked meals, rather than takeaways, and cutting back on non-essential spending, like expensive frothy coffees and shop-bought lunches.

Many of us use these early months as a great opportunity to kick-start or get back into fitness programmes. Aiming for a more honed, toned and healthy body by the time the sun makes a fleeting appearance later in the year. Well that’s the plan we initially dream of, some of us fall victim to temptation along the way.

Usually people feel a bit more relaxed financially by the end of March so it’s a good time to assess finances and the time we can offer to those around us. Running a family home can be expensive and can often take all of our time, we are all too aware of that, so not everyone can easily afford to spare money at the end of each month or volunteer for good causes.

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Our Heswall charity shop celebrates romantic 1st birthday! #happyvalentinesday

wirral_hospice_heswall_birthday_valentinesThis Valentine’s Day Wirral Hospice St John’s charity shop in Heswall will be celebrating a very special birthday. The shop based on Telegraph Road will be exactly one year old!

Jo Ashworth, Shop Manager, plans to celebrate in style by throwing a party on Thu 14 Feb to thank all the volunteers and customers who have helped support the shop over the last 12 months. Pop in anytime from 11am until 5pm! to join the fun!

Our Heswall charity shop relies on support from the local Heswall community who have supported the shop very generously over the last year by not only donating goods but also by becoming regular and loyal customers. As well as the army of local volunteers that help to run the shop to its high standard.

In the year since opening, the Hospice’s Heswall shop has raised almost £100,000 towards patient care. Wirral hospice St John’s currently looks after around 150 patients per week. This care continues to be completely free of charge for patients. However, the Hospice costs more than £3.1 million to run each year. The Heswall charity shop, as well as the Hospice’s other shops around the Wirral, plays a vital role in reaching this figure.

Jo said: “I would like to take this opportunity to say thank to each and every customer, donor and volunteer for making the last year such a success. I am very proud to manage this shop and to work with a community so passionate about supporting the wonderful care given by Wirral Hospice St John’s. I would like to invite anyone that would wish to attend to join us for a piece of cake and celebratory drink on Thu 14 Feb.”

All items sold in the Heswall shop are kindly donated by people in and around Heswall. Clothing, furniture, ornaments and toys are all accepted on a daily basis. If you have any unwanted items that you would like to donate then please visit your nearest Wirral Hospice St John’s charity shop or call into the fundraising department at the Hospice itself. For more information please visit the Hospice’s website or call 0151 343 0778.

Thank you to everyone for making our first year in Heswall so welcoming. We look forward to 2013 being just as successful, especially as it’s our 30th Anniversary year. We’re very grateful to everyone for their support of our work over the last three decades.

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