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

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Gleek chic #hospiceheroes #volunteersweek

It’s a family affair, if you forgive the pun…

Alice Meehan, Wirral Hospice St John’s Clinical Support Administrator, sings out with Gleek Club Pop Choir. Her Mum, Pat, who regularly volunteers at the Hospice in Fundraising, and her sister Cathleen also sing with Gleek.

They have been in the choir for 2 years and practise with them each Monday night at Heswall Royal British Legion Club.

Alice, Pat and all the ladies from Gleek all got into the spirit of last year’s Hospice Care Week. Every member of the choir pledged to talk to at least five other people and to let them know why Hospice care is so important.

Well done and thank you to our tuneful trio and their fellow singing colleagues in Gleek; you’re definitely harmonious Hospice Heroes!

It’s a family affair with Gleek Club Pop Choir for Alice, Pat and Cathleen

The ladies from Gleek Club Pop Choir taking the pledge as part of Hospice Care Week

Author: Liz Rice, Hospice Volunteer

“No photos please, we’re shy!” #hospiceheroes #volunteersweek

wirral_hospice_thank_you_volunteers_weekThey may be unseen on this screen but they’re definitely visible in Wirral Hospice St John’s main reception. Presenting the face of the Hospice to visitors, Carol Huggins and Sue Owen are two of a faithful band of volunteers who work so hard in making the Hospice a welcoming place to all.

Carol began her volunteering career after she retired from Connexions (formerly known as Wirral Career Service).  A keen member of Eastham Women’s Institute for 20 years, Carol manages to help her daughter, volunteers here at Wirral Hospice and also at Claire House –  and squeezes in dog walking too!

Sue Owen has volunteered at the Hospice for the last five years.  Another very busy lady, she sings with two choirs and is an active member of the Wirral Manx Society.  Ask her what ‘Bonnag’ is? No, we didn’t know what it was either but the clue is that she loves cooking and can tell you all about it! Sue is well known in Hospice circles for her cakes, her favourites being a traditional Victoria Sandwich and the delectable-sounding Spanish Apple Cake, which she conjures up in aid of the Hospice for the open gardens scheme in the summer.

Thank you to Carol, Sue and our army of 500 volunteers who make Wirral Hospice so special because of their committed gift of time – you’re all Hospice Heroes and amazing. Thank you!

Author: Liz Rice, Wirral Hospice volunteer

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