What does it mean to win #itsaknockout? Jeff Burgess tell us #winner

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With this year’s It’s A Knockout fast approaching (Sun 9 July 2017) we spoke with Jeff Burgess, team captain of last year’s winning team ‘Din’s Dynamos’, to get his thoughts on our ridiculously fun fundraising event!

Why did you choose to take part in It’s A Knockout 2016?
My wife Denise was cared for and passed away at Wirral Hospice St John’s so it will always be a special place to myself and my family. It’s A Knockout was the perfect event for us to all come together as a family and raise some money for the wonderful place and people that cared for Denise. The fun nature of It’s A Knockout is exactly what she was about and she would have been there in spirit laughing and cheering us on.

You all raised a brilliant £920, how did your team go about fundraising your sponsorship?
We made a team JustGiving page then shared it with all our friends and family through our social media accounts. We also received paper sponsor forms from the Hospice which we took in to our workplaces. We were overwhelmed at how supportive everyone was and had exceeded the minimum sponsorship in no time.

What was your favourite part of the day?
The highlight for me was the Jungle River, it was hysterical seeing people flying through the foam and scrambling to get up the slippery slope. Oh and winning, of course!

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How did it feel to be crowned winners?
Absolutely amazing! It was a real sense of achievement for us all knowing that we had come together as a family for Denise and won it for her. We were all a bit emotional to tell you the truth.

What would you say to other teams considering taking part this year?
Go for it! It’s brilliant fun and will have you laughing from start to finish, foam and bouncy inflatables – what’s not to love!! You don’t need to be super fit for this one, just willing to give it a go and a sense of humour is a must! It really is a great day and knowing you are raising money for such an excellent local cause whilst having fun at the same time means everyone is a winner!

To find out how you can sign up a team to this year’s It’s A Knockout competition, please call our fundraising office on 0151 343 0778 or email fundraising@wirralhospice.org with your contact details.

 

Hospice nurse takes on 3 challenges to raise funds for care #hospiceheroes

One of our very own nurses here at Wirral Hospice St John’s will take part in a trio of challenges in 2015 to raise vital funds for patient care.

Lucille Buttery’s [centre in photo] first challenge – a zip wire at Zip World Velocity in Bangor on 25th April, will see her fly across Penryhn Quarry down the longest zip line in Europe and fastest in the World.

“I signed up to this challenge as I imagine it to be the closest thing to flying – I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer!”

But Lucille’s dreams don’t stop there – she has also set her sights on a tandem skydive and a marathon too! Lucille’s decision to take the plunge and sign up for a skydive was inspired by one patient in particular whom she helped to care for at Wirral Hospice last year.

“He was always planning his next adventure, even during his illness. One night we chatted about how fantastic it would be to do a skydive and from there, I knew I had to do it. Sadly this patient is no longer with us”.

Lucille’s trio of challenges will come to a close in October when she will run 26 miles in the MBNA Chester Marathon. Although her feet will be firmly on the ground, Lucille reveals that this will be the hardest challenge of them all.

“The marathon is my most dreaded challenge because it requires the most mental preparation and dedication. I’m hoping my determination will get me to the finish line though – I’ve got the time to really commit and will work hard to finish on a high!”

Friends of Lucille, Sarah Orchard and Pauline Lawrence will also be taking on the zip wire challenge to offer their support. Like Lucille, Pauline also understands how important the Hospice is to patients and their families through her work as a bank nurse.

“The Hospice is an amazing place that gives patients some control during a very difficult time in their lives, in a place where they feel safe and have full support”.

Sarah adds, “I hear from Lucille about the amazing work that goes on at the Hospice and I am in awe of the staff every day for making a huge difference to people’s lives. With this in mind, I couldn’t say no when Lucille asked me to join her on this fundraising journey. I may not be able to help in the way that Lucille and Pauline can, but I can help by doing this”.

If you would like to support Lucille, Sarah & Pauline’s zip wire challenge visit:

Lucille’s page: www.justgiving.com/LUCILLE-BUTTERY

Sarah’s page: www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Orchard1/

Pauline’s page: www.justgiving.com/Pauline-Lawrence1/ 

If you would like to take part in a challenge event for Wirral Hospice, please call 0151 343 0778, email kerryt@wirralhospice.org or please visit our website to find out about the exciting events we have planned for 2015/16!

#TeamWirralHospice: high hopes to beat Mo Farah’s time in Wirral #halfmarathon on Sun 12 Oct #justkidding

team_wirral_hospiceTeam Wirral Hospice are running the Wirral Half Marathon on Sun 12 Oct in aid of Wirral Hospice St John’s. The team is made up of experienced runners and first timers, all with the aim of crossing the finish line no matter what as a matter of pride… Not a chance of anyone beating Mo Farah’s incredible time in the Great North Run this weekend!

Our team is made up of Hayley, Kerry, Carl, Teresa and Lynne:

Hayley and Kerry are the events team at the Hospice, so the shoes will be firmly on the other feet as they cross the start and (hopefully!) finish lines!

Carl, our Hospice’s lottery admin co-ordinator, is adamant that he will be in good shape come race day. He’s done a lot of walking in preparation and the odd bit of running!

Teresa, our Head of Fundraising at the Hospice, was an ok runner previously. But she is (very) slowly getting back into her stride after having a baby and turning 40 in the last 14 months.

Lynne is a Hospice supporter and has been ‘volunteered’ into running by Hayley. She’s sportingly going along with it all despite being quite nervous!

If you’d like to join Team Wirral Hospice in this or any other running event or challenge, email hayley@wirralhospice.org or call 0151 343 0778.

Please sponsor the team if you are able to. Even £5 can help make a big difference to our Hospice’s work. And all those £5 can really add up!

Team Wirral Hospice’s JustGiving page is here or please text WHSJ99 followed by your donation to 70070.

On behalf of our patients, carers and families, thank you for any donation you are able to make!

Author: Teresa Nightingale

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