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.

300 Miles for Mum

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Collette and son, Luca

Over the last couple of years our supporters have taken part in the London to Paris challenge event where they cycled through beautiful English villages into stunning rural France and then Paris and in that time they have raised an unbelievable £8000 for Wirral Hospice St John’s.

This year, hospice supporter, Collette Morris will be joining our fourteen strong team. She will be embarking on the London to Paris cycle in memory of her Mum, Sue Oxton following the care she received from Wirral Hospice during her last months.

“I’m doing this ride in memory of my beautiful and brave Mum, Sue Oxton, for Wirral Hospice St John’s because of the exceptional job they do. Wirral Hospice St John’s cared for my Mum during her last months. To try and express what the Hospice did for us all during such a difficult time is really hard, but in the simplest terms they gave us peace of mind knowing Mum was getting the best care she possibly could, and in a place where she felt safe and could have her loved ones around her. However, most importantly, the Hospice provided my Mum with a fantastic level of care, and dignity till the end, and sometimes that is all we can hope for.”

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This year’s Wirral Hospice London to Paris Team

We are very excited for Collette to join our 2016 team and her support along with that of all our London to Paris riders will go a long way to helping us raise the money

we need to keep the hospice going during 2016 and into the future. Collette hopes to raise an amazing £2000 from her cycle, you can add your support via her Just Giving page.

Our team will start with a long journey through rural Kent winding through picturesque British countryside, along the North Downs Way before reaching the white cliffs of Dover. After reaching Calais by ferry, the ride continues past historical landmarks and famous battlefields and through the small villages and medieval market towns of Northern France before ending in Paris amongst the buzz of the Tour De France as the atmosphere builds up for the Grand Finale.

Cycling from London to Paris is one of the great cycle experiences in Europe covering over 300 miles in 4 days. With long days in the saddle and some strenuous hill-climbs, the sight of the Eiffel Tower, the finishing point, evokes a real sense of achievement. It is an inspirational and challenging experience to treasure forever.

If you would like to take part in the 2016 London to Paris challenge there are still a few spaces left so whether you are a novice cyclist or an experienced rider, simply call Michelle on 0151 343 0778 or email michellet@wirralhospice.org for a full information pack and everything you need to take part in this fantastic event.

Author: Jacinta Warwick

‘Locked Up’ For Wirral Hospice #hospiceheroes

James-Morgan_0On Saturday 22nd August, Wirral Royal Mail employee James Morgan will be taking part in a unique fundraising event in Liverpool to raise funds for Wirral Hospice.

James shares, “Over the last couple of years I have been involved in a number of charity events, however this year I decided to get involved in something really different and unique”.

From 10am-5pm, James will be getting ‘locked up’ in an old police cell in St George’s Hall.

“It will make a lot of people laugh to see me ‘locked up’ in a cell – even if it is for only seven hours!”

James has made it clear that this event will be a one-off. “Not many places are open to the idea of ‘locking up’ a member of the public due to health and safety regulations, however St George’s Hall have allowed me to use an old cell beneath the old Assizes Court as a one-off, that won’t compromise any regulations. It’s a special event that won’t happen again. It’s exciting!”

James has chosen to take part in the challenge in memory of his Mum who sadly passed away four years ago from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

“I’m taking on the challenge in memory of my lovely Mum, but also to support the work of Wirral Hospice St John’s. The staff at the Hospice do such an amazing and important job within our community – caring for patients with such kindness and supporting families during distressing times.

I want to help out in a small way so I will have a couple of collection buckets at St Georges Hall on Saturday for any donations passers by would like to make in support of Wirral Hospice”.

To show your support, stop by and say hello to James, who will be wearing a variety of different outfits throughout the day, including typical orange prison clothing and a straightjacket.

Read more about Stephen’s challenge via his online fundraising page –

http://www.sponsorme.co.uk/jamesmorgan/locked-up-in-memory-of-mum.aspx

‘Young Person’s Walk’ raises over £600 for Wirral Hospice #hospiceheroes

On Friday 19th December, when most of us were rushing home to switch on the heating, Brittany White, 16 and her team of friends were preparing themselves for a chilly challenge to raise money for Wirral Hospice St John’s.

From Friday to Sunday, the group walked 31.68 miles in 36 hours, camping out in the December cold to ensure the event reached tough status.

After shaving her head in September to support the Hospice (you can read about it here), Brittany felt she could do more and organised a ‘Young Person’s Walk’ with the help of her close friends from the Merseyside Arms Cadets Hoylake Detachment.

Team leader Brittany said “we wanted to challenge ourselves whilst supporting a good cause. Together as a team, we found the challenge difficult but completing it made us all feel so proud and feel that our families would be proud of us too”.

Many within the group spoke about their experiences of Cancer including Olly Fisher, whose Nan passed away due to the disease and Anthony and Brittany White, who lost their Granddad 3 years ago. Team member Owen Lines shared “my Mum suffered with Bowel Cancer and was fortunate enough to beat it”. Brittany added, “everyone in the team, (including our mascot Sam the dog!), feels proud in their own way, for their own reasons”.

The team of young walkers worked hard to make sure they raised as much as they could for Wirral Hospice by fundraising in the community. Over three Sundays in December, they packed bags in heron Foods in Moreton, adding to the total they had raised from family and friends.

“There were times during the challenge that some of us debated whether to continue but as a team, we helped each other and did the miles with only a few blisters. Completing the challenge made us all feel so proud and feel that our families would be proud of us too. It has brought us all closer together and has built up confidence in all of us”.

Brittany and the team have raised a massive £643.49 for  Wirral Hospice St John’s which will make a big difference to our future patients and their families.

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Team members: Brittany White (16), Owen Lines (15), Brianne Dysart (15), James Sherritt (15), Oliver Fisher (15), Anthony White (19), Amy Green & Sam the dog.

 

Mud, sweat and a pint in memory of Jim #hospiceheroes #toughmudder

It’s no wonder that Tough Mudder – a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test all-around strength, stamina, teamwork and mental grit – is described as ‘probably the toughest event on the planet’. whsj_mark_cunningham_2

You may think an event boasting obstacle courses such as ‘Electroshock Therapy’, ‘Everest’ and ‘Artic Enema’ is surely a challenge that only hard-core fitness fanatics and adrenaline junkies would sign up for, but for Mark Cunningham and team ‘B Block’, a very special friend was the drive behind their challenge.

Mark says, “Jim Kelly was a serving Police Officer on a busy response block who would often put his welfare second to help people in times of need. Myself and many others in the team had the pleasure of working alongside him. Often affectionately called ‘The Angry Chimp’ on the Block, Jim was hands down one of the best Bobbies most of us ever had the pleasure to meet. After developing a brain tumour, Jim was cared for by the wonderful staff at Wirral Hospice St John’s before he passed away peacefully in February of this year. He was a colleague, a friend, a husband and a dad.”

As a tribute to their friend, Jim’s colleagues signed up for Tough Mudder North West in September, knowing that the event would have been right up Jim’s street. “He remained strong right to the end and so this was our chance to be strong for Jim”.

“We were all responsible for spreading the word and raising money – runners and cheerleaders together. As we arrived at the event, a chap with a microphone and PA saw us all – a sea of blue t-shirts and gave a shout out to thousands of people queuing to enter the course. Even a couple of marshals with megaphones further down the course gave the team and the Hospice a shout-out too! It was amazing. We were very proud to be representing Wirral Hospice, wearing our t-shirts with pride and remembering Jim as we put our all into each obstacle. As we crossed the finish line, we were presented with the infamous Tough Mudder headbands and a celebratory pint. We stood there together, pint in hand and toasted Jim and the Hospice. whsj_mark_cunningham_3

It’s taken a few days to start to feel human again – a few aches and pains in places that I never knew could ache and mud in places that mud really should never be! Raising money for Wirral Hospice St John’s is a small way of saying thank you to the amazing staff that do a tough job in such a caring way every day. We had an amazing time with lots of people on our support team wishing they had run the course too. I think the team will be bigger next year!”

Mark and the team have raised an incredible £945.00 for Wirral Hospice which will help us to continue to provide our special care future patients and their families. Thank you Team B Block!

To support Team B Block, visit their fundraising page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/BBlockToughMudder2014

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