“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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#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

Claire McLaughlin on why she loves volunteering at the Hospice #volunteersweek #hospiceheroes

wirral_hospice_volunteer_claire_mclaughlinClaire McLaughlin decided to become a volunteer at Wirral Hospice St John’s six years ago. She was already volunteering at Claire House and for the Katie Piper Foundation but wanted to help something she was really passionate about.

Claire’s mum was an oncology nurse at Clatterbridge. “She is the most caring person I have ever met in my life and adored her job. She had to retire due to ill health and I wanted to carry on her good work by giving something back to help people who are critically ill and need extra support.”

Claire works full time as a PA to a Headteacher / Clerk to Governors and Human Resources for a school.

“I volunteer for as many shifts as I possibly can for the Hospice, helping out on the main reception and with general duties. I adore my work at Wirral Hospice and have met the most amazing people ever. I would do more if I could!

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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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