Meet #fundraiser Julia and learn more about the most recent campaign @wirralhospice

julia pond barrow summer memoriesWhat is your role at Wirral Hospice St John’s?
My day to day role includes looking after all donations that come through to Wirral Hospice St John’s Fundraising Office. I also look after the fundraising database, gifts in wills and liaise with solicitors.

I am responsible for our different giving campaigns; we promote about three big campaigns a year, which includes Light up a Life, Make a Will month and Summer Memories.

Another aspect of my role is to apply for charitable trust funding to secure grants towards important pieces of equipment for the hospice or support for our essential day-to-day patient care costs, which are in the region of £3.6million a year.

Why did you choose to work/volunteer at Wirral Hospice St John’s?
I began my career at Wirral Hospice in 2002 when I applied for a Fundraising Administrator role advertised in the local paper. I chose to apply as it was a local charity and my father-in-law was working here so I already knew how fantastic it was in supporting the local community.

I have worked here for more than 15 years and progressed in experience and responsibility to my current role as a Fundraising Development Manager.

My days in the fundraising office are always different and I love the variety my role brings!

What is the most rewarding part of your role?
I feel a great sense of achievement when I apply for funding for Wirral Hospice and we are successful, as I know the donations we are receiving are going towards the Hospice and will be extremely beneficial for our patients and their loved ones.

I also find it rewarding when a campaign I have been working on for months is successful and the response we get back from our supporters is positive. From personally getting to know the patients and families it always means to know that I am helping to make a difference to the care and support that they are able to receive from us.

What is the latest campaign you are working on?
I am currently in the middle of working on Summer Memories. This is our second year of running this particular campaign and it encourages supporters to sponsor a sunflower.

The sunflowers about 25cm high and made from a durable, high quality material which means they will last in our unpredictable British weather!

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What is the main aim of the campaign?
The main aim is for supporters to be able to have a thoughtful keepsake, which can be kept inside or even out in the garden or perhaps at the grave of a loved one.

Donations, no matter how small someone may think a gift might be, really can help our charity to keep delivering outstanding care for our patients, their families and carers.

How can people get a flower?
To sponsor a Summer Memories sunflower, please pop into the Fundraising Office (open 9am-5pm Mon to Fri), call 0151 343 0778 or visit

To find out about other ways you can support Wirral Hospice St John’s, please visit our Get Involved section of our website or call 0151 343 0778 to speak with a member of the Fundraising Team.


Eyes bright, chins up, smiles on… and strut your stuff! #hospice #fashion #show

wirral_hospice_fashion_show_battle_charity_shopsThings have been hotting up at Wirral Hospice St John’s charity shops over the last week as we draw ever closer to our ‘Battle of the charity shops’ fashion show being held on Friday 26 September. Mud has already started flinging as each charity shop is determined to come out top dog on the night.

It’s going to be a fashion show with a twist, with each shop feverishly rustling up outfits in the themes of Abba, the Movies, Sci-Fi and even Steampunk – all coming from stock donated to the Hospice from our wonderful supporters.  On the night, Hospice staff and volunteers will be donning their sparkly high heels, plumping their hair and preparing for their big debut as supermodels on the catwalk at Heswall Hall.

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Your rubbish can help us flourish by turning trash into cash #recycling #mobilephones #money #jewellery

I know when tidying I find old items that seem a waste to throw away, would be unsellable by a charity and are no longer of any use to me (early signs of hoarding…?).  I come across odd earrings; broken necklaces; old jewellery; old phones; coins and notes from various countries and so on.  Before I was unsure what to do with them (and they went into a box to think about later), but now I can take them into the office and pop them into our recycling box here in fundraising, safe in the knowledge that they are going to a good cause.

Here at Wirral Hospice St John’s we are able to raise money through recycling an ever increasing amount of unwanted items. We are looking to raise more money than ever before through our new recycling boxes which can be found at the Hospice and at any of our charity shops.


So when you’ve had a tidy you can now donate:

  •  Jewellery – gold, silver, costume jewellery, watches, broken and damaged items, like odd earrings or snapped chains.
  •  Unwanted currency – old and new, UK and foreign banknotes and coins, including all pre Euro notes that are now worthless to the public.
  • Gadgets – mobile phones, iPods, laptops, sat navs, games consoles, games, tablets, cameras and video cameras – even if these are old and damaged.

If you would like to help us recycle more than ever before then please pop into one of our local charity shops or into the Hospice and pop your jewellery, unwanted currency and gadgets into one our recycling boxes!

Our shops can be found here:

Claughton: 64 Upton Road, Claughton CH41 0DH
Heswall: 254 Telegraph Road, Heswall CH60 7SG
Liscard (bookshop): 18 Seaview Road, Liscard CH45 4LA
Moreton: 268 Hoylake Road, Moreton CH46 6AF
New Brighton: 118 Victoria Road, New Brighton CH45 2JF
West Kirby: 12 Banks Road, West Kirby CH48 4HB

 Author: Jacinta Warwick

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