“My crazy journey in memory of Bernie” #ironman #hospicehero

As a charity, we rely heavily on the generosity of the local community and are extremely thankful to those who support us. We are blown away by their kindness and the hard work they put in to raise vital funds to support our work – sometimes even, by the adrenaline-inducing ways in which they choose to fundraise!20150415-Army_Cycle_Race016_RSA_TIC-O - Copy

Wirral Hospice supporter Paul Robinson, who has raised £895 to date, started his ‘crazy journey’ in December 2014 when he began training for a challenge that is widely considered as one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the World.

Ironman‘ consists of a 2.4 mile swim (equivalent to 158 lengths in a standard pool), a 112 mile bicycle ride (equivalent to Liverpool to Cheltenham) followed by a full marathon (26.2 miles). Each part of the challenge is raced in that order, without a break and must be completed within a strict 17 hour time limit. (We’re exhausted just thinking about it!) But for Wirral Hospice supporter Paul Robinson, this challenge is both an exciting and important journey.

“I’m racing in memory of my wife’s mother, Bernie Hudson after Wirral Hospice played a key role in supporting Bernie and her close, loving family before she passed away. To complete the challenge, I started working on my general fitness, progressing to become more powerful and more of a triathlete. It’s going to be an exciting, if not painful journey to become an Ironman”.

Also adding to the challenge will be the temperature. Ironman events are held all over the World, including in Nice, France (Sun 28th June) where Paul will be swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, biking in the Alps and running along Nice’s historic waterfront – all in a 28C degree heat. Now that’s a challenge.

Best of luck Paul. We’re all rooting for you!

To support Paul through this incredible challenge visit his online fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/IronmanFRANCE15/

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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!

Do something amazing in 2014!

Do something amazing and make 2014 your year to get fit and get involved. This year there is a race for everyone, from the Port Sunlight 5K to the Liverpool or Chester Marathon. You may be an experienced runner looking to enter the toughest event or a beginner tackling a 5K.

If you have ever thought about taking up running to become fitter and stronger with increased stamina, then signing up for an event and having a goal is a fantastic way to progress and keep motivated. Running for charity is a great way to get fit, meet new people and make a difference. Like thousands of others, you too could make 2014 a year you will never forget.

Make it the year you achieved something you didn’t think you could. Make it your year to make a difference. Make it for Wirral Hospice St John’s.

Local Running Events:

btr Liverpool Half Marathon – 23rd March
Port Sunlight 10K & 5K – 11th May
Chester Half Marathon – 18th May
Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & ½ – 25th May
Mersey Tunnel 10K – 8th June
Tour of Merseyside – 6th-12th July

To run in support of Wirral Hospice St John’s contact: Hayley 0151 343 0778 / hayley@wirralhospice.org

We are waiting to hear from you! Join our team!

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Wirral Hospice supporter prepares for London

One race isn’t enough for Marc Roberts – he’s now secured a place in the Virgin London Marathon. His various challenges have included the Wirral Half marc_roberts_halfords - CopyMarathon and with cousin James Murphy and friend Thomas Munro, did a stint on the static bike and rode 150 miles in Halfords, Bromborough.

“From the very first moment I decided to run the London Marathon, there was only ever one charity that stood out to me and one that is so close to my heart. Wirral Hospice cared for my late ‘Nan Dolly’ and my wife’s ‘Grandad Ray’. Raising money and running the marathon is the very least I can do to show our appreciation to such a wonderful charity”.

From now until the marathon, which takes place April 2014, Marc has plans for more challenges to continue to raise money for Wirral Hospice.

“We should all be so proud to have such a fantastic Hospice right on our doorstep”.

Visit Marc’s Just Giving page to see his progress – http://www.justgiving.com/MarcRoberts25

[Image: Marc (central) with James, Thomas and work colleagues at Halfords, Bromborough].

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