#Chocolate #Cake & #Craft Wirral Hospice Hobby Fair

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Volunteer Sandra Fairclough at our delicious craft fair chocolate tombola 2012

It’s that time of year again; the leaves are falling (horizontally), it’s getting colder and our volunteers are feverishly putting the final finishes on their wonderful creations for this year’s Hobby & Craft Fair– the perfect event for a blustery October Saturday with its cosy crafty atmosphere, abundance of cakes and, of course, our winner chocolate tombola.

This year we have forty five stalls with sellers from all across Wirral, filled with beautiful handmade goods including; handbags, jewellery, wooden crafts, Christmas gifts, cards, jams, cakes, toys, art and much, much more.  Look out for Ruth & Olwen’s stall, covered with handmade Christmas gifts and decorations, including those notorious reindeer! Another of our fundraising volunteers, Sandra Fairclough (pictured), will be selling her famous cards at the fair; she gets orders for these from far and wide and makes each card with love by hand – they are bound to be a treat.

As usual we will have our own Wirral Hospice St John’s craft stall filled with beautiful handmade donations from our supporters from all across Wirral.  Our stall will be showcasing Christmas gifts and decorations; handmade woollen blankets; baby clothes; hats scarves & gloves; and toys to name but a few with all funds raised going towards the wonderful work the hospice does. Along with the Hospice Craft Stall we will be selling our new goods, gifts and cards straight from the Hospice Gift Shop.

Our extremely popular chocolate tombola will be back, along with refreshments including tea, cakes & bacon butties.  This year, for the first time, there will also be the facility to make your Light up a Life donation at the event and find out our other upcoming events from our information table.

Craft fair co-ordinator, Kerry Threadgill, says “I can’t wait; it’s one of the highlights of the year, with some of our volunteers holding their own stalls for the first time, its going to be lovely to see what they come up with”

The fair will be held at Heswall Hall, Saturday 25th October 10am – 4pm with entry at just £1.00.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Author: Jacinta Warwick

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Texting ‘WHSJ88’ £5 to 70070 can make a huge difference to our patients and their loved ones #familiesmatter #hospicecare

teresa_nightingale_photo“Looking after our patients and their families is central to everything we do at Wirral Hospice St John’s. It’s the reason we are here and the reason we have grown and evolved our care so much over the last 30 years. Support from the Wirral community has helped us to do that. YOU have helped us to do that. Thank you!”

Teresa Nightingale, the Hospice’s Head of Fundraising knows it’s not as simple as just asking people for money. “Everyone has personal pressures on what they can spend their money on: mortgage or rent, bills, food, clothing, family trips, school trips, presents. We understand that, which is why we offer people options on how they might wish to support us.

Anything from taking part in a running event, where they are asking lots of people to sponsor smaller amounts towards a bigger pot, or organising their own event such as a coffee morning or afternoon tea, where again other people can contribute smaller amounts to raise a larger amount of money.

Even texting ‘WHSJ88’ £5 to 70070 can make a huge difference to our patients and their loved ones. Or you can donate online via our JustGiving Appeal page.

We are also asking local companies to get involved, they can pick us as a Charity of the Year or organise a one-off employee event to support us. People can join our weekly lottery or buy something from one of our charity shops or gift shop. Or have a collection box in their home to catch loose change – and this is only a few suggestions of how people can help!

We also appreciate that other charities ask and need support, so we are one of several deserving organisations that people may be approached by.”

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#hospiceheroes Ruth & Olwen – the Gruesome Twosome

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Ruth and Olwen helping at Light Up A Life

Two of our more infamous volunteers are known as the ‘Gruesome Twosome’ when they volunteer on general duties at Wirral Hospice. Ruth and Olwen met when they began volunteering and soon became fast friends. Between them they have been supporting the Hospice for over 23 years and when asked why they love to be here they describe the Hospice as a special, necessary and fantastic place which is welcoming and friendly.  Dedicated volunteers, they support general duties in the main Hospice, the Gift Shop in Fundraising, fundraising events, Reception in the Fundraising Office, and providing refreshments for the memorial services.  Like all our volunteers they like to be involved in much of the work the Hospice does.

Over the years the twosome have been involved in many capers, from dressing as scarecrows, to covering a stall creatively in crepe paper for a competition. Olwen nominated Ruth for ‘Volunteer of the Year 2010’ in the ‘Unwaged Volunteer’ category which Ruth went on to win.  They agree that volunteering at events have invariably ended up with hilarious stories, on one of the funniest occasions Olwen ended up soaked from the water from a marquee at a particularly wet event.

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Olwen sewing one of the reindeer

Currently most of their time is dedicated to the creation of a wide selection of quality handmade gifts for their own stall at the Hospice Hobby & Craft Fair in Heswall on Sat 25th October (put the date in your diary!).  They began preparing in April and have been working hard at the design and creation of many items including reindeer (apparently these are causing both Ruth and Olwen nightmares – they won’t be at the 2015 craft fair!), Christmas decorations, Christmas stockings, peg bags, children’s aprons, cushions and other household goods.

Together they create amazing creative masterpieces – we can’t wait to see what these two Hospice Heroes come up with!

 

 Author: Jacinta Warwick

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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