Meet #fundraiser Julia and learn more about the most recent campaign @wirralhospice

julia pond barrow summer memoriesWhat is your role at Wirral Hospice St John’s?
My day to day role includes looking after all donations that come through to Wirral Hospice St John’s Fundraising Office. I also look after the fundraising database, gifts in wills and liaise with solicitors.

I am responsible for our different giving campaigns; we promote about three big campaigns a year, which includes Light up a Life, Make a Will month and Summer Memories.

Another aspect of my role is to apply for charitable trust funding to secure grants towards important pieces of equipment for the hospice or support for our essential day-to-day patient care costs, which are in the region of £3.6million a year.

Why did you choose to work/volunteer at Wirral Hospice St John’s?
I began my career at Wirral Hospice in 2002 when I applied for a Fundraising Administrator role advertised in the local paper. I chose to apply as it was a local charity and my father-in-law was working here so I already knew how fantastic it was in supporting the local community.

I have worked here for more than 15 years and progressed in experience and responsibility to my current role as a Fundraising Development Manager.

My days in the fundraising office are always different and I love the variety my role brings!

What is the most rewarding part of your role?
I feel a great sense of achievement when I apply for funding for Wirral Hospice and we are successful, as I know the donations we are receiving are going towards the Hospice and will be extremely beneficial for our patients and their loved ones.

I also find it rewarding when a campaign I have been working on for months is successful and the response we get back from our supporters is positive. From personally getting to know the patients and families it always means to know that I am helping to make a difference to the care and support that they are able to receive from us.

What is the latest campaign you are working on?
I am currently in the middle of working on Summer Memories. This is our second year of running this particular campaign and it encourages supporters to sponsor a sunflower.

The sunflowers about 25cm high and made from a durable, high quality material which means they will last in our unpredictable British weather!

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What is the main aim of the campaign?
The main aim is for supporters to be able to have a thoughtful keepsake, which can be kept inside or even out in the garden or perhaps at the grave of a loved one.

Donations, no matter how small someone may think a gift might be, really can help our charity to keep delivering outstanding care for our patients, their families and carers.

How can people get a flower?
To sponsor a Summer Memories sunflower, please pop into the Fundraising Office (open 9am-5pm Mon to Fri), call 0151 343 0778 or visit www.wirralhospice.org.

To find out about other ways you can support Wirral Hospice St John’s, please visit our Get Involved section of our website or call 0151 343 0778 to speak with a member of the Fundraising Team.

Pledging together to promote Hospice care for Wirral

wirral_hospice_hcw_gorry_quinn - CopyWirral Clinical Commissioning Group and Wirral Hospice St John’s came together to make a joint Pledge as part of the national Hospice Care Week campaign.

Sarah Quinn, Commissioning Manager for Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group, and Julie Gorry, Chief Executive for Wirral Hospice St John’s, made the pledge to tell at least five other people about how important and valuable Hospice services are.

They both agreed to spread the word on how the Hospice and its staff care for people who are affected by cancer and other life-limiting conditions at the time when they, their families and their loved ones most need it.

By signing the pledge, they joined more than 400 other local people at Wirral Hospice St John’s and online to educate at least 2,000 residents in the Wirral community about the work the local Hospice carries out.

Across the UK, more than 100 hospices took part in this year’s Hospice Care campaign and many supporters took the pledge to help to get this important message across.

 Sarah says, “supporting those living with cancer and other non-malignant conditions and caring for needs of those dying from these illnesses are amongst our main priorities. We want people living in Wirral to think about the difficult choices that need to be considered when facing life threatening illness and to help them be aware of the options available to them”.

She continued “We have taken the pledge to raise awareness about Hospice Care locally because we are committed to working with clinicians and health professionals to make sure that those in need of end of life, or palliative care as it is known, can have the choice to receive this at the local hospice, Wirral Hospice St John’s, or in the comfort of their own homes through their Hospice@Home initiative”.

Julie added  ”As the local provider of Hospice services for adults on Wirral, we want to make sure that people know about our quality services and if they are affected by life limiting illnesses, that we are here to help with end of life care for patients, families, carers and those who matter to patients.”

[Image – Wirral Hospice St John’s Chief Executive, Julie Gorry, right and Sarah Quinn, Commissioning Manager for Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group, left].

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