Meet our models #2: Hayley Schiffer #hospice #fashion #show

wirral_hospice_fashion_show_hayley_claudia_schifferNext up is Hayley Gough, Community & Events Manager at Wirral Hospice St John’s. Hayley will also be modelling at our ‘Battle of the charity shops’ fashion show. She is very excited about a couple of her themes and her ‘tribal pose’ is certainly going to be a highlight! Hayley took some time to share her thoughts on the upcoming show (after demanding a re-write that is).

What are you most looking forward to on the night?

I can’t wait for my sci-fi spot, I’m loving the sci-fi specs I’m going to wear!

Do you know what you are going to be wearing?

Yes I know. All I can tell you is a couple of the themes… Sci-fi and Tribal… it’s going to be very different…

Our models are all members of hospice staff – who do you think is your greatest competition?

I know that Evangelista will be bringing her A-game!

What are you most nervous about?

Nothing – I don’t get nerves… honest

How are you preparing for the night?

I have been getting in a lot of practice, I’ve been doing my sci-fi walk in the kitchen at  home, and practising my tribal face in the mirror in the mornings, I can’t wait!

What music are you hoping will play when you debut on the catwalk?

Barry Manilow, he’s my favourite and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 What are you demanding for your dressing room?

Well, there are a few things I am going to need – nothing unreasonable like some of the other models though, all I need is sparkling water, marshmallows, fresh flowers and Bovril – nice and simple.

Have you perfected your autograph yet? You are going to need it!

Yes, naturally I am ready and poised with my pen.

Finally what do you think of the likeness that has been drawn between yourself and Claudia Schiffer?

No comment – Claudia and I haven’t spoken for years!

If you want to see Hayley and the rest of our models strut their stuff at Heswall Hall on Friday 26th September, call 0151 343 0788 or visit one of our Hospice charity shops to buy your tickets.  


John Bear, Wirral Hospice’s mascot reveals all… #familiesmatter #hairy

wirral_hospice_john_bear_dancingHi I’m John Bear! As Wirral Hospice St John’s friendliest (and hairiest) member of the team, I get to do lots of fun stuff!

The whole point of the Hospice is to look after people who need special caring. Although I can’t do that – for a start my paws are too big and none of the uniforms fit me – I can help raise a smile and also cheer on and encourage the kind people who do their very best to raise funds to keep the Hospice going.

I also visit schools as part of the Hospice’s schools’ project, which is specially designed to help children cope with their emotions when someone near to them is incurably ill. The special team at the Hospice can also provide training for teachers to help children when someone close to them dies.

I love going to the schools and meeting all the children. I hear lots of funny stories and sad ones too, which is exactly why I’m there – to help children talk about their feelings and encourage them to share their experiences with friends. My role is to teach children that it’s ok to laugh when remembering a loved one and that’s ok to cry and be sad sometimes too. I help them know where to turn when they want to talk to someone or need a hug.

There has been a lot of sport going on lately. I like to keep active, even though I get really hot and sweaty in the sunshine. Anyway, I was getting really into the World Cup football fever, well I was up until England lost their chance of winning.

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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 / – 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

Sandra Fairclough, host of our first Mid-Summer Treat! #hospiceheroes #volunteersweek

Our very first Mid–Summer Treat was kindly held by our Hospice Sandra Fairclough's Midsummer Treatsvolunteer Sandra Fairclough and her husband Colin last month.

Sandra has been a dedicated volunteer for over six years and supports Wirral Hospice St John’s in many ways including working on the Fundraising reception, helping at many fundraising events, making and selling greetings cards and opening her beautiful garden in Heswall (Inglewood) as part of the National Gardens Scheme to raise funds.  All proceeds from these wonderful activities go to the Hospice.

For her Mid-Summer Treat, Sandra’s family and friends enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch of sandwiches and homemade cakes and took part in a raffle with some lovely prizes. Everyone at the Hospice were delighted to receive the fantastic donation of £522 proceeds from the lunch.

If you would like to help the Hospice by holding your own small event for your own family and friends we would love to hear from you. This can be anything from a BBQ to an afternoon tea. We offer lots of help, advice and support such as creating posters for you and an invitation, plus promote your event on our facebook and twitter feeds if you’d like us to, and all participants will receive a certificate of thanks following their event.

To find out more or to sign up, please contact Hayley Gough at or call 0151 343 0778.

If you would like to help Sandra to raise even more funds please visit her lovely garden on 12th or 13th July, 1.30-5pm – entrance fee is £4 per adult, children free. Delicious homemade refreshments, like the ones in the photo, will be available to buy.

Sandra is truly one of our Hospice Heroes, thank you so much for everything you do!

Author: Hayley Gough

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