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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Everything you need to know about our #lottery

wirral_hospice_ian_jones_lottery_managerEvery week 12,800 people support  Wirral Hospice St John’s by taking part in our  lottery.

With more and more people engaging with the Hospice and the lottery, we receive many questions about it.  Today I took the some of the most frequently asked questions to the man in the know – Ian Jones, Lottery Manager.

So Ian, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions.  Firstly I find that people often wonder how £1 per week helps the Hospice, can you tell our readers how lottery membership helps the Hospice?

Well, £1 may not seem like a lot, however it helps provide the equivalent of 10 specialist nurses at the Hospice, allowing for patients to receive the care and support that they need during their time with us – £1 goes a long way!

 How can people join Wirral Hospice’s lottery?

It’s really easy, all you need to do is call the lottery team on 0151 343 0348, or visit our website and download an application form.  We also have lottery staff on hand at many local events and daily within the community who will be able to sign you up!

 Once someone has become a member what happens then?

Once you have paid your £1 weekly membership you will receive a letter with your numbers on, you can check the weekly draw numbers on the Hospice’s website, on facebook, in our charity shops, in all Asda Wirral branches and all Wirral libraries, you can also call the lottery team on 0151 334 0348 and a member of the team will be able to tell you the numbers.  

I sometimes hear from people that they have been in the lottery for a while and haven’t won yet – what do you say to those who are yet to be lucky winners?

Since the lottery started, over 35,000 local residents have won a prize, 700 local residents have also won our weekly top prize of £2,000.  You might be interested to know that the odds of winning the Hospice lottery are higher than that of the National lottery and our tickets are half the price at only £1!

That sounds like a lot of winners over the years, what prizes can players win?

Each week players have the opportunity to win one of 34 prizes:

  • 1st prize £2,000
  • 2nd prize £500 (if not won, can roll over up to a max. of £10,000)
  • 3rd prize £100
  • 4th prize £50
  • 5 x £20 prizes
  • 25 x £10 prizes

This week’s rollover is already up to £2,500!

 So, when I win, how do I claim my lovely prize?

When you win you won’t need to claim your prize – all winners are sent their cheque by 1st class post each Friday after the draw has been run.

 Any final fun facts to tell our readers?

Well, over the years we have had three winners who have won the £10,000 rollover, with many others winning various rollover amounts.  Surprisingly, the first ever rollover winner won on Friday 13th!  On one occasion a lady won the top prize of £2,000, this meant that she was able to buy a stair lift ensuring that she was able to remain in her own home; in her case winning changed her life! Finally, as a rule most people support our Hospice lottery because of the cause it supports – prizes are just an extra bonus.

The lottery is a fun and exciting way to support the Hospice, I know I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a win!

Author: Jacinta Warwick

Why I love being a #lottery canvasser for the Hospice

Left to right: Julia and Irene selling lottery tickets at our Light Up A Life event

Left to right: Julia and Irene selling lottery tickets at our Light Up A Life event

Julia has been one of Wirral Hospice St John’s lottery canvassing team for over four years and is seen regularly at venues and on doorsteps across the Wirral.

“Being a lottery canvasser is never dull and the variety of people and venues I visit are extremely welcoming and rewarding. In my role, I regularly speak to people who have experience of the Hospice and their comments are really motivating.

My role is to bring on board new members for the Hospice’s weekly lottery – a major source of income for the Hospice. Being part of the team that helps to fund the equivalent cost of 10 nurses makes me feel my lottery canvassing role is making a significant contribution to the Hospice’s incredible work.”

If you like to be out and about, enjoy speaking to people and have enthusiasm, energy, an outgoing personality and a sense of humour then come and join our team!

Download an application pack or call Ian Jones, our Lottery Manager, on 0151 334 0348 for an informal discussion about the role.

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