Meet Jamie-Leigh #fundraiser and why she loves working for @wirralhospice

wirral_hospice_jamie_leigh_burgessWhat is your role at Wirral Hospice St John’s?

My main role as Fundraising Officer is to organise fundraising events from start to finish to ensure that they are organised successfully. This includes talking to local companies who could possibly help fund events we are hosting. I also give help and guidance to supporters who are organising new and exciting events for our charity.

Why did you choose to work/volunteer at the Hospice?

I have a personal connection with Wirral Hospice as my mum was cared for here six years ago. Therefore I know what an amazing job the hospice does and the care they offer to not only the patients but also their families too.

My family and I then began organising our own events once a year to raise money for the hospice. A job vacancy came up a couple of years ago and due to having experience of fundraising I felt I would be well suited for the role.

What is the most rewarding part of your role?

I would say the most rewarding part of the job is knowing that I am part of helping to raise money for such a fantastic cause. Due to personally seeing the work they do I know exactly what the money I am helping raise is going to, which gives me a great sense of achievement. I’m very proud to be a Wirral Hospice fundraiser.

What events do you have coming up?    

The next upcoming event we have planned is It’s a Knockout which is an inflatable obstacle course based on the hit 70s TV show with 27 teams competing throughout the day. This is on Sunday 9th July in Birkenhead Park at 10:30 am onwards with food/bar, face painting, tombola, children’s fair rides and much more. It’s going to be an amazing family-friendly day of mayhem!

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Another event we have planned is a Ladies Lunch at an exclusive venue on Wed 19 July. This daytime event offers a two course meal and wine experience with a guest speaker and is a lovely opportunity for our volunteers and supporters to put on a pretty frock and have a lovely afternoon out.

How can people get involved?

People are welcome to come along to It’s a Knockout to offer support and spectate – there’ll be so much to see and do.

We also welcome volunteers at fundraising events to help out. Another big way of helping out with our Hospice fundraising events is by spreading the word to help us get as much publicity as possible, this can be done really easily by sharing Wirral Hospice’s Facebook and Twitter posts on social media.

If anyone is interested in upcoming Hospice events they can purchase tickets from our Fundraising Office by popping in or calling 0151 343 0778. A full Fundraising Calendar is here on our website.

If anyone is interested in becoming a Wirral Hospice volunteer, please contact Carole Snow, Volunteer Services Manager on 0151 334 2778.

Jobs & Volunteering opportunities are listed on our Hospice website and promoted on social media channels as they arise.

 

Thank you to all who have supported our #Rocktober shenanigans!

teresa_nightingale_wirral_hospice_rocktoberWe’ve had a real laugh around Wirral Hospice St John’s today; at ourselves and putting some smiles on some of our patients and their visitors. Hopefully we haven’t scared too many people with our #Rocktober rock outfits, some of which have bordered on more than just a little scary?!

Although it might seem frivolous, we’ve been dressing down today to raise awareness of our Hospice’s special work. And importantly to raise a bit of money towards our charity’s care and support of patients and their loved ones.

wirral_hospice_rocktober_2015We appreciate not everyone can take part in fundraising activities like this but if you did or even if you’d like to just make a small donation in support, you can do so by texting RCKT66 £2, £5 or £10 to 70070.

If you would like to do something like a dress-down day or put on a fundraising event in aid of our Hospice, please contact me or one of my fundraising colleagues on 0151 343 0778 to talk through any ideas you might have. We’d be happy to help with designing marketing materials, promote your plans on our social media sites and come along on the day to say thank you.

In the meantime, Happy Halloween and Happy #Rocktober!
Thank you so much!
Best wishes,
Teresa

“My crazy journey in memory of Bernie” #ironman #hospicehero

As a charity, we rely heavily on the generosity of the local community and are extremely thankful to those who support us. We are blown away by their kindness and the hard work they put in to raise vital funds to support our work – sometimes even, by the adrenaline-inducing ways in which they choose to fundraise!20150415-Army_Cycle_Race016_RSA_TIC-O - Copy

Wirral Hospice supporter Paul Robinson, who has raised £895 to date, started his ‘crazy journey’ in December 2014 when he began training for a challenge that is widely considered as one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the World.

Ironman‘ consists of a 2.4 mile swim (equivalent to 158 lengths in a standard pool), a 112 mile bicycle ride (equivalent to Liverpool to Cheltenham) followed by a full marathon (26.2 miles). Each part of the challenge is raced in that order, without a break and must be completed within a strict 17 hour time limit. (We’re exhausted just thinking about it!) But for Wirral Hospice supporter Paul Robinson, this challenge is both an exciting and important journey.

“I’m racing in memory of my wife’s mother, Bernie Hudson after Wirral Hospice played a key role in supporting Bernie and her close, loving family before she passed away. To complete the challenge, I started working on my general fitness, progressing to become more powerful and more of a triathlete. It’s going to be an exciting, if not painful journey to become an Ironman”.

Also adding to the challenge will be the temperature. Ironman events are held all over the World, including in Nice, France (Sun 28th June) where Paul will be swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, biking in the Alps and running along Nice’s historic waterfront – all in a 28C degree heat. Now that’s a challenge.

Best of luck Paul. We’re all rooting for you!

To support Paul through this incredible challenge visit his online fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/IronmanFRANCE15/

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

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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