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 www.wirralhospice.org.

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.

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.

 

Launching our new #SummerMemories campaign

Hospice photoWe are very excited to announce our new Summer Memories campaign. You can sponsor one of our flowers.

These beautiful ornamental flowers will be displayed in bright yellow wheelbarrows around Wirral Hospice St John’s gardens until 31 August. After which, you will then be able to visit the Hospice in early September to pick up your flower, or we will post it out if that is what you have requested.Website Square

Each flower is locally sourced and is roughly 25cm high, 1cm thick and made out of a high quality resin that will not snap and should withstand all that the British summer has to throw at it. The flower will also come with a label attached on which you can write a dedication in memory of a loved one if you choose.

This campaign invites supporters to sponsor a flower and help us raise much-needed funds towards our special care and support of our patients and their families.

Local solicitors Kirwans, have very kindly sponsored this campaign, we are very grateful for their most generous support.

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Flower sponsorship starts at £5 per flower but you can donate more if you would like to.

You can sponsor a flower in the following ways:

Call the Fundraising Office on 0151 343 0778

Or, download our form here and return it to: Fundraising Office, Wirral Hospice St John’s, Mount Road, Higher Bebington, Wirral CH63 6JE.

For more information please call our Fundraising Office on 0151 343 0778.

#Fundraising News

 

DSC_0042 (3).jpgThere are lots of ways people can and do support our charity’s special work. Thank you to everyone who fundraises or supports local fundraising activities in aid of Wirral Hospice St John’s, we are very grateful for your help.

Here are some upcoming activities you might be interested in:

Lottery Rollover stands at £7,000!!!
Our Hospice’s weekly lottery has a top weekly prize of £2,000 and the second prize of £500 can rollover up to £10,000! There are also 32 other guaranteed cash prizes to be won every week. For this week’s draw on Fri 24 June 2016, the Rollover currently stands at an amazing £7,000!!!

If you would like to become a weekly member, paying £1 a week, please call our lottery team on 0151 334 0348 or pop in to the fundraising office. You’ve got to be ‘in it to win it’! A chance to win…a way to care!

National Gardens Scheme (NGS) Open Garden: Wed 22 June 1.30-5pm
3 Earle Drive, Parkgate CH64 6RY
Beautiful garden, new to the NGS calendar this year. Admission £3 adults, free for children. Refreshments on sale in aid of our Hospice.

Band Night: Sat 25 June, 7.30pm til late
Village Hall, Thornton Hough
Entry fee: suggest donation of £10 to the Hospice
Bands: Absaloot, Survivors of Mild Peril and Mono LPS.
Organised by supporter Andy Barnes to mark his 50th birthday in support of the Hospice.
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Summer Strum: Sat 9 July 12-9pm & Sun 10 July, 12-6pm
Hoylake Rugby Club
Weekend of folk music organised by the Wirral Ukulele Orchestra, Summer Strum is in aid of our charity and MIND. Free entry, great family atmosphere. Camping spots even available if you don’t fancy travelling back and to. Should be a cracking weekend!
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London to Paris: 20-24 July
Our team of intrepid Hospice Heroes will be taking on the challenge of cycling from London to Paris. An amazing amount of money has been raised by the group so far and there are some incredibly moving stories as to why they are taking on these personal goals.

If you’d like to support any of our cyclists with a donation or are perhaps even keen to take on your own personal challenge, even if it isn’t quite as arduous as cycling 300miles, please contact Michelle, Sam or Jamie-Leigh on 0151 343 0778 about what runs and challenges we have coming up.
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It’s A Knockout: Sat 30 July
Wirral Rugby Club
Ever wanted to take part in hit TV show from yonder years? Now is your chance! £10 per person, teams of 6-10 and we can help make up teams. Please get in touch with Jamie-Leigh on 0151 343 0778 if you fancy a whirl or would like to volunteer at the event. It should be a fantastic laugh and great atmosphere for participants and spectators. Free entry for those coming along to watch and cheer on the teams, there will be food stalls and a bar, as well as children’s rides and entertainment too.
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sainsburys money boxPlease vote for us in the Sainsbury’s Local Charity Public Vote!
We’ve been shortlisted for both Sainsbury’s Upton and Sainsbury’s Neston it would be great to get selected to one of their partners and truly incredible if we end up partnering with both! Votes count, so please do it on work computers and any mobiles, laptops, tablets etc you have at home. Please encourage your friends and family to vote for us too. We only have until Sun 26 June to register votes so don’t put it off too long, please!

If you have any questions, suggestions or burning ideas to raise funds for Wirral Hospice’s special care and support of our patients and their loved ones, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me: Teresa Nightingale, Head of Fundraising 0151 343 0778  /  fundraising@wirralhospice.org, thank you.

Best wishes
Teresa x
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#ultimatefan’s view of @Status_Quo @wirralrocks

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Hospice staff get mean and moody in double denim: L to R: Sandy, Michelle & John

With all the excitement surrounding the upcoming Wirral Rocks concert at Tranmere Rovers in May, you may (or may not) be surprised to hear that we have an überfan of Status Quo here in our ranks at Wirral Hospice St John’s. Needless to say our Finance Manager, John Pentland, is very (very very very) excited that our Wirral Rocks concert has ‘The Quo’ headlining on the Saturday night. So, for those of us who aren’t too sure about what all the fuss is about, we thought we would ask him exactly why he loves the legendary rockers so much.

 

When and where did you first see Status Quo?
I first saw Status Quo at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in December 2001.

How did that come about? Had you been a fan for a while?
I had been into rock music for a while and had been to a lot of different concerts but had never really been a fan of Status Quo. Of course, I was aware of their music as most people are, but I was not really a fan and had not considered going to see them live. Then one day my niece phoned up and said she was buying tickets to take her mum and dad to see Status Quo in Liverpool, and asked if my wife and I wanted to go with them. I said “yes,why not!”.

What were your thoughts on that first gig?
We were in the next to back row at the very top of the circle, so pretty much the worst seats in the house and I was not expecting to have a great time. However, when The Quo came onstage they totally blew me away. I was hooked from the first minute. It was the best gig I had ever seen. They tore through an unbelievable back catalogue of hits, and the energy coming off them was truly amazing! We all had an awesome night!

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John has been lucky to get seats close to the stage action!

How many times do you think you’ve seen them since 2001?
Since then Gill and I have seen Status Quo 27 times. We go to quite a lot of concerts of all different types, but the Quo gigs are the highlight of the year for us. We always go to their winter shows in either Liverpool or Manchester, and try to get to as many of the outdoor summer shows as we can reasonably get to! In 2014 we saw them 4 times, and last year we saw them 3 times!

 

What are they like performing live?
The Quo are like a finely tuned machine. They have been performing live all of their lives, and they have got the performance down to a “T”.  They are amazingly good musicians, and don’t really get the credit they deserve musically. I have never seen a bad Quo gig. They always give it all they have got and, the energy coming off the stage is infectious. I defy anyone to attend a Status Quo gig and not have a good time!

For people who may not be fans of SQ, how would you try to encourage them to give them a listen?
The live experience is nothing like listening to the records. It is a magical experience to see Status Quo live. The thing is, they are packing in touring the electric set after this year, and will only be doing some acoustic shows in future. Their acoustic shows are great, but they are a totally different proposition, they are sit down affairs in smaller venues. So our show is one of the last ever full on electric guitar driven Status Quo shows! I urge anyone who is vaguely interested in rock or pop music to take the opportunity of seeing The Quo live at our gig in May – I guarantee you will have a great night out!

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John’s wife, Gill, is an equally big fan of Status Quo!

What’s your favourite SQ song?
I love “Rain”, “Big Fat Mama” and “Forty Five Hundred Times” – not their most popular songs but some of the ones that sound amazing live!

 

What’s your favourite SQ album?
There are so, so many to choose from, but for me the “Heavy Traffic” album from 2002 is my favourite. I was right at the front for the Liverpool show of the Heavy Traffic tour that year, it was the first time I had seen The Quo close up and it was an experience I will never forget.

Why is Wirral Rocks so important to Wirral Hospice St John’s?
It is getting more and more expensive for us to provide the superb care which we deliver each year.  If we can make this event successful and make it a regular part of our fundraising then it will take our income up a notch and enable us to carry on providing that care.

John  makes a good argument for seeing Status Quo; and with this year being their last performing an electric set it will be one of the very last times to experience ‘The Quo’ as he has.

Tickets are available on Ticketmaster via www.wirralrocks.com or by calling 0844 844 0444.

If VIP is more your thing; please contact Michelle Talgam on michellet@wirralhospice.org for more information about VIP tickets or our corporate sponsorship packages.

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Fancy taking part in a daft dress-down day like a Double Denim Day in aid of Wirral Hospice? Please contact the fundraising team on 0151 343 0778, we’d love to hear from you!

 

Author: Jacinta Warwick

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