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.

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Is it the real @Status_Quo & @willyoung performing @wirralrocks?

In a word, yes! Wirral Hospice St John’s really and truly are bringing real life rock legends Status Quo to the Wirral! We promise you it’s not a tribute act, it will most definitely be Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt!

The mighty Quo will be performing an amazing back catalogue of hits old and new, at our Wirral Rocks concert at Prenton Park on Sat 21 May 2016.

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But before all that, the very real, funky hunk Will Young will be belting out some fabulous tunes at Wirral Rocks’ opening night on Fri 20 May 2016.

But where did this idea stem from? Well, it was a light-hearted chat between some Hospice colleagues that snowballed to where we are today! We wanted to put on a much bigger fundraising event than we have ever done before to try to raise awareness of our special care within our local community and importantly raise a significant amount to contribute towards that special care our charity provides to hundreds of families across Wirral each year, which although free to our patients costs in the region of £3.5million per annum – only a third of which comes from NHS funding.

In an increasingly tightened economy, we need to have a wide range of opportunities for people to support us. We know not everyone is in a position to give cash donations time and time again. Getting value for money is understandably important to people, so if that can be coupled with a rather good night out in aid of charity (like at Wirral Rocks or perhaps one of our other, smaller fundraising events) then even better!

We went through a comprehensive process to ensure that our plans for Wirral Rocks were discussed appropriately with our charity’s Board of Trustees before gaining a seal of approval. We need to be honest with our supporters though, this event is not happening for free. Although there are some elements that are free or have come with a significant charity discount. But because of this financial outlay, it’s essential that this event is a success. And for that we are calling on you for your help!

How can you help?

  • Buy tickets to either (or both, we don’t expect this at all!) of the concerts http://www.wirralrocks.com
  • Like and share information about Wirral Rocks on social media
  • Distribute posters and flyers to your neighbours and to local shops, or join one of our volunteer promo teams handing out flyers in a group
  • Volunteer at one of the nights – we’ll need ‘volunteer crew’ marshals dotted all over the stadium to help make sure guests get to their seats

We want our supporters and ticket buyers to be reassured that all profits Wirral Rocks makes will be put to immediate and important use in providing crucial care and support for our patients and their loved ones at their time of most need. And we look forward to sharing how much money the event helps us to raise afterwards.

This is the biggest and boldest event we’ve ever committed ourselves to, and we will be promoting is heavily on social media and is some of the local newspapers over the coming months. Even if you’re not a Status Quo or Will Young fan, please be patient with our promotions about it – it’s all for the fantastic cause that we know you all care as much as we do about. It will all be helping to raise lots of interest in who we are, what we do and hopefully people who don’t know very much about us may come away after the event feeling proud of playing a part in helping us to raise much-needed funds for our charity.Wirral Rocks Status Quo & Will Young poster

Tickets for both acts are on sale via www.wirralrocks.com or you can call Ticketmaster on 0844 844 0444 (premium number) to book standing or seated tickets. Will Young tickets are £35 and Status Quo £35.50, both subject to standard booking and postage fees.

If you’d like to help distribute flyers or join a volunteer promo team one night and/or pop your name on our list for ‘volunteer crew’ members for one of the nights, please contact the Fundraising Office on 0151 343 0778 or email my colleague, Michelle Talgam at michellet@wirralhospice.org.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, we do hope to see you at one of our Wirral Rocks nights, or perhaps at one of our other fundraising events in the near future.

Best wishes, Teresa xx
Teresa Nightingale – Head of Fundraising

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

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;

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  • 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.

‘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.

 

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