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

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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

Wirral Hospice awarded £553k Dept of Health funding

wirral_hospice_doh_award_£500kWirral Hospice St John’s has been awarded £553,274 by the Dept of Health for much-needed redevelopment work of its old day care wing. The funding will allow the Hospice to turn the old single-storey building into a two-floor one, which will create extra space at the Hospice that will benefit its patients, families, staff, volunteers and other professionals across the Wirral.

The Dept of Health grant will go some way to realising our overall plans but completion of the project will also need significant investment from the Hospice itself – which is supported generously by donations from the Wirral community.

The award doesn’t affect the fact that is still costs in excess of £3million a year to provide care for our patients, some of which comes from NHS grants but the large majority is received from the general public who make donations, take part in events, play our weekly lottery and buy goods from our charity shops – to name just a few ways that people support our work.

Our building work on the daycare wing is set to start in the summer and aiming for it to be completed in the spring of 2014. Some disruption for staff and visitors is to be expected but building work will not impact on or compromise patient care.

Julie Gorry, Chief Executive, said “We are absolutely delighted to receive this funding, which will help us better support people from across the Wirral with life-limiting illnesses, as well as their families, friends and carers. It’s an exciting time at the Hospice given that it’s our 30th Anniversary; so this award is a fantastic start to what will be a very eventful year for us.”

Visit www.wirralhospice.org to find out more about the Hospice’s work.

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