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.

 

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Hospice nurse takes on 3 challenges to raise funds for care #hospiceheroes

One of our very own nurses here at Wirral Hospice St John’s will take part in a trio of challenges in 2015 to raise vital funds for patient care.

Lucille Buttery’s [centre in photo] first challenge – a zip wire at Zip World Velocity in Bangor on 25th April, will see her fly across Penryhn Quarry down the longest zip line in Europe and fastest in the World.

“I signed up to this challenge as I imagine it to be the closest thing to flying – I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer!”

But Lucille’s dreams don’t stop there – she has also set her sights on a tandem skydive and a marathon too! Lucille’s decision to take the plunge and sign up for a skydive was inspired by one patient in particular whom she helped to care for at Wirral Hospice last year.

“He was always planning his next adventure, even during his illness. One night we chatted about how fantastic it would be to do a skydive and from there, I knew I had to do it. Sadly this patient is no longer with us”.

Lucille’s trio of challenges will come to a close in October when she will run 26 miles in the MBNA Chester Marathon. Although her feet will be firmly on the ground, Lucille reveals that this will be the hardest challenge of them all.

“The marathon is my most dreaded challenge because it requires the most mental preparation and dedication. I’m hoping my determination will get me to the finish line though – I’ve got the time to really commit and will work hard to finish on a high!”

Friends of Lucille, Sarah Orchard and Pauline Lawrence will also be taking on the zip wire challenge to offer their support. Like Lucille, Pauline also understands how important the Hospice is to patients and their families through her work as a bank nurse.

“The Hospice is an amazing place that gives patients some control during a very difficult time in their lives, in a place where they feel safe and have full support”.

Sarah adds, “I hear from Lucille about the amazing work that goes on at the Hospice and I am in awe of the staff every day for making a huge difference to people’s lives. With this in mind, I couldn’t say no when Lucille asked me to join her on this fundraising journey. I may not be able to help in the way that Lucille and Pauline can, but I can help by doing this”.

If you would like to support Lucille, Sarah & Pauline’s zip wire challenge visit:

Lucille’s page: www.justgiving.com/LUCILLE-BUTTERY

Sarah’s page: www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Orchard1/

Pauline’s page: www.justgiving.com/Pauline-Lawrence1/ 

If you would like to take part in a challenge event for Wirral Hospice, please call 0151 343 0778, email kerryt@wirralhospice.org or please visit our website to find out about the exciting events we have planned for 2015/16!

Sarah Marshall’s very moving story about why she supports Wirral Hospice #lightupalife

ron_marshallIt was Thursday 2 January 2014, when our family’s lives changed forever. My dad, Ron, a fit and healthy 69 year old retired motor mechanic was rushed to Arrowe Park Hospital with a suspected stroke. Our world stopped.

Following tests we were given the heart-breaking news that my dad had a brain tumour. We couldn’t comprehend the information and were left numb. Days later we were told that my dad was being transferred to the Walton Centre to undergo a biopsy of the brain tumour. We remained hopeful, but feared the worst. The news we got could not have been any worse; it was confirmed as a grade 4 brain tumour, inoperable and untreatable. We couldn’t understand how this could have happened to my lovely dad, a good kind and gentle man, who helped everyone, loved his family and had so much to live for.

My dad was told he could come home, where my mum and I cared for him, something that he really didn’t like, as he was very independent and an extremely strong man. It was at this time that our district nurse, Andrew, introduced us to Wirral Hospice St John’s.

From the moment we arrived at the Hospice, the staff and volunteers were just amazing. We felt like we were among friends, safe, secure and protected. My dad was given the medication he needed for his discomfort and my mum and I were supported practically and emotionally. We soon learnt that the Hospice cares about each patient and their families as individuals. Kind, understanding words, hugs, endless hot drinks, smiles and someone to listen are all part of everyday life.

My dad was comfortable, surrounded by his family and friends, and cared for in the best way possible.  It was dad’s request he was where he wanted to be. Thanks to the support of the lovely nursing staff I had the courage and the opportunity to say the things I needed to say to my dad.

On Friday 14 March at 1.30am my wonderful dad sadly died with me and my mum, his wife of 45 years, holding him. My dad’s death was the saddest day of my life but I’m happy to be able to say he died peacefully, pain free and most of all with dignity.

When we left Wirral Hospice on that cold, foggy morning, we felt scared to leave the sanctuary of the place that had become our home for the past two weeks and scared to leave the protection and kindness that we had come to rely upon.

The Hospice continues to support my family. I attend regular counselling there, which helps me to deal with the many milestones that present themselves and my mum is helping out with fundraising events and projects.

??????????We decided that we would hold a coffee morning in my dad’s memory in September. The generosity of everyone towards the Hospice and the memory of my dad blew us away. We are thrilled to have raised £2,400 for the Hospice and we get great comfort in the fact, that this will help future families in Wirral going through a similar experience that we have been through.

 

I will also be taking part in Wirral Hospice’s Light Up A Life this year, making a donation in memory of my lovely dad to help care and support future patients at the Hospice. To me they are not just lights, they are all stars; stars that shine across Wirral in memory of the people we love.

Sarah Marshall, Wirral Hospice supporter

#TeamWirralHospice: high hopes to beat Mo Farah’s time in Wirral #halfmarathon on Sun 12 Oct #justkidding

team_wirral_hospiceTeam Wirral Hospice are running the Wirral Half Marathon on Sun 12 Oct in aid of Wirral Hospice St John’s. The team is made up of experienced runners and first timers, all with the aim of crossing the finish line no matter what as a matter of pride… Not a chance of anyone beating Mo Farah’s incredible time in the Great North Run this weekend!

Our team is made up of Hayley, Kerry, Carl, Teresa and Lynne:

Hayley and Kerry are the events team at the Hospice, so the shoes will be firmly on the other feet as they cross the start and (hopefully!) finish lines!

Carl, our Hospice’s lottery admin co-ordinator, is adamant that he will be in good shape come race day. He’s done a lot of walking in preparation and the odd bit of running!

Teresa, our Head of Fundraising at the Hospice, was an ok runner previously. But she is (very) slowly getting back into her stride after having a baby and turning 40 in the last 14 months.

Lynne is a Hospice supporter and has been ‘volunteered’ into running by Hayley. She’s sportingly going along with it all despite being quite nervous!

If you’d like to join Team Wirral Hospice in this or any other running event or challenge, email hayley@wirralhospice.org or call 0151 343 0778.

Please sponsor the team if you are able to. Even £5 can help make a big difference to our Hospice’s work. And all those £5 can really add up!

Team Wirral Hospice’s JustGiving page is here or please text WHSJ99 followed by your donation to 70070.

On behalf of our patients, carers and families, thank you for any donation you are able to make!

Author: Teresa Nightingale

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

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