The wonderful world of #Fundraising #Volunteers #Hospiceheroes

wirral_hospice_gift_shop_elvesFundraising volunteers make up a major part of the fundraising team and without volunteer support in the gift shop, the Fundraising Office, our six charity shops and out at fundraising events the Hospice would struggle to raise the funds needed to provide the very important care that it gives to the Wirral community.

Our Hospice gift shop is open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm from September to January and is staffed by a team of dedicated volunteers who get the first glimpses of new stock, label them up and put them out for customers to see and, hopefully, buy. It is exciting every time new stock comes in and handbags and DSC_0211shoes always cause a bit of a stir within the office. This week, two of our shop volunteers, Linda and Barb, were labelling up some gorgeous new jewellery that had just arrived and they shared why they loved volunteering at the shop.  ‘I like being part of the fundraising team and giving something back’ says Linda, who looks forward to seeing customers she sees every year who buy their Christmas cards and gifts from our shop, Linda says ‘it’s really nice to get to know people and see them again and again’. Barb’s personal experience with the hospice bereavement group is part of why she volunteers ‘It was hard going to the group that first time, but I made some amazing friends and I’m glad I went’ Barb explained that she volunteers so that services like the bereavement group can continue.

DSCF5050The Fundraising Office has a volunteer on reception every day of the week, and each day in the office is different, along with answering calls on the reception desk, opening the post and doing admin duties, our office volunteers find themselves doing all manner of jobs to help the fundraising team each and every day. Sometimes it’s modelling the latest ebay item (we recently saw our Friday morning volunteer Pat out in the sunshine in a designer waterproof cape soon to appear on ebay– see picture), or wrapping the constant stream of raffle prizes for our events throughout the year, often our volunteers are answering the phone while labelling up the next weekend’s ever popular tombola. Karen, our Friday afternoon volunteer remembers coming in on a hot summer’s day wearing a Christmas jumper for a photograph for reopening of the Gift Shop (see above), Karen says ‘it was hot, but very funny and definitely worth it!’

Away from theJoanne Ashworth Fundraising Office we have six charity shops across Wirral; Claughton, Heswall, Liscard, Moreton, New Brighton and West Kirby. Each of these shops need on average twenty five volunteers per week to operate fully. This army of volunteers receive donations, organise and arrange stock, clean, tidy and decorate the shops along with greeting and selling to customers. Volunteers in these shops love to see what treasures have been donated, some of the largest being a 1980s trailer tent and a 1960s pram.  Sometimes we get some very unusual donations which cause a bit of a buzz among the retail team; often these rare beauties are taken back to the fundraising office to be listed on our ebay shop.

Along 03with volunteers who come into the Hospice and shops regularly we also have volunteers who come to our fundraising events and stalls to assist with tombolas, raffles, selling goods & refreshments etc.  Each event is different and there are many funny stories of wild British weather, or crazy fashion shows and fancy gala dinners. Behind many events there is a great deal of cake, and where we have refreshment stalls we have cakes lovingly baked for the Hospice by our baking volunteers who are called upon before an event to see if they are free to get cooking.  These donated cakes not only keep our refreshment stalls well stocked but provide great variety to each event, as there is always a different flavour available from the classic Victoria sponge to marmalade and butterscotch.

Our wonderful volunteers make the Hospice what it is today, whether they are in fundraising raising money, helping with the running of the hospice, serving refreshments in the Hub Café or supporting patients & their families, without their dedication and support the Hospice would struggle to exist.  We always need more volunteers and are looking for;

  • Fundraising Office Reception volunteer on Wednesday afternoons 1-4
  • Charity shop volunteers
  • Ebay volunteers

If you would like to join the fundraising team please call 0151 343 0778 or email jacintaw@wirralhospice.org and we will be able to provide you with more information on what opportunities are available.

Sue Huntington’s #fashionshow in aid of Wirral Hospice – Wed 18 March 2015, tickets £10 call 0151 343 0778

wirral_hospice_sue_huntington_fashion_show_flyer_2015We are super excited to be working with Sue Huntington on her next fashion show! Having seen the excitement first hand at her previous shows, we are privileged to have been selected by Sue to benefit from the proceeds of her latest show.

Sue has the most amazing shop in Heswall and her fashion shows have a reputation near and far for launching casual yet sophisticated seasonal outfits as well as high glamour dresses and outfits for glitzy occasions and weddings. There’s always lots of oohing and aahing in the audience and people queue around the block to get into Sue’s shop the next day!

Sue’s fashion show will held in the stunning Walled Garden Marquee at Thornton Manor, Thornton Hough CH63 1JB. Doors will open at 7 for pre-show drinks and the show will start promptly at 7.30pm.

We’ve got some wonderful raffle prizes lined up for our guests to be in with a chance of winning. Unfortunately we can’t say too much at this stage but let’s just say, there’s definitely a designer handbag and an overnight stay in a plush hotel in there!

We’re hoping to sell 1,000 tickets for the night, which is a tall order but with your help we hope we can! Please spread the word amongst your family and friends, we’d love to see you on the night and we that know Sue would too. She’s been a long-time supporter of Wirral Hospice St John’s so she’s equally delighted to be helping us to raise a fantastic amount of money for our patients, their carers and families.

Please call the Fundraising Office on 0151 343 0778 Mon to Fri 9-5pm or email hayley@wirralhospice.org or michellet@wirralhospice.org to book your tickets, which are only £10 each. Really good value for a fabulous night out!

Author: Teresa Nightingale

Meet our models #5: Maxine Macpherson #hospice #fashion #show

wirral_hospice_fashion_show_maxine_elle_macphersonFacilities Administrator, Maxine Ashton, will be strutting her stuff along with all our other models at our fashion show with a twist on tonight.  This afternoon she took the time to answer the questions put to some of our other Hospice Supermodels earlier this week.

What are you most looking forward to on the night?

Ok, small spoiler here, but I’m looking forward to my Halloween outfit, my son was born on Halloween and we take Halloween very seriously at Ashton HQ.

Do you know what you are going to be wearing?

Unfortunately I haven’t seen anything yet, but I have heard about some of the themes and outfits on show and I am very intrigued!

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

Hang on I didn’t realise this was a competition – eep!

What are you most nervous about?

Falling over in my heels – it’s a worry that’s keeping me up at night.

How are you preparing for the night?

I’ve been timing myself getting dressed – got to prepare for those quick changes between outfits.

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

I would love something a bit different, you know.. Slipknot or Metallica, something like that would be good.

What are you demanding for your dressing room?

Yes I know, its very divalike, but if everything could be left hand friendly that would be perfect.

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

No, not yet – I’ll get practising soon!

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

Er… I’m very flattered, but there’s not much!


 If you want to see Maxine 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.  

Author: Jacinta Warwick

Meet our models #4: Teresa Moss #hospice #fashion #show

wirral_hospice_fashion_show_teresa_kate_mossOur fourth Hospice Supermodel to share her thoughts about Friday’s fashion show is Teresa Nightingale – Head of Fundraising who can’t wait to get out there onto the catwalk.

What are you most looking forward to on the night?

I’m really looking forward to falling over in front of all those people… it’s going to be amazing… really.

Do you know what you are going to be wearing?

No idea, the descriptions I have heard have already terrified me

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

If I’m honest, all of them, they are all at least 3 ½ feet taller than me.

What are you most nervous about?

I’m really nervous about not walking in time to the music, it will be so cringy if I am out of sync.

How are you preparing for the night?

I will be staying up until 3am the night before, just like all real supermodels do.

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

I don’t know about what I hope they’ll play – it just better not be ‘Nelly the Elephant’!

What are you demanding for your dressing room?

Nando’s and some hunky male models – how else am I supposed to get ready?

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

Of course I have, can’t be signing peoples t-shirts, autograph books etc. with a rubbish signature!

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

I taught her all I know and that’s all I’m saying on the matter.


If you want to see Teresa 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.  

Author: Jacinta Warwick

 

 

 

Meet our models #3: Anna Christensen #hospice #fashion #show

wirral_hospice_fashion_show_anna_helena_christensenOur third interview is with Anna Menaul, Housekeeping Manager at Wirral Hospice St John’s; she was very excited when asked for an interview and can’t wait for Friday. where she hopes to be queen of the stage.

What are you most looking forward to on the night?

Donning my top hat, that is going to be amazing.

Do you know what you are going to be wearing?

I know what I am wearing on my bottom half… I haven’t been told about the top… that’s worrying me.

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

I think they are all effortless, it is going to be tough keeping up to their high standard

What are you most nervous about?

Falling over, I know everyone says it but definitely falling over.

How are you preparing for the night?

I’m popping on my super high heels all night every night, it’s been like I’ve been standing on a slope for weeks now.

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

Something 70’s and funky, you know, like the Bee Gees.

 What are you demanding for your dressing room?

Chocolates, loads of chocolate and a hot masseuse for my poor feet afterwards.

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

No! I hadn’t thought of that – I’ll get practising.

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

Just one thing – I wish.


If you want to see Anna 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.  

Author: Jacinta Warwick

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