“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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Sue Huntington’s #fashionshow in aid of Wirral Hospice – Wed 18 March 2015, tickets £10 call 0151 343 0778

wirral_hospice_sue_huntington_fashion_show_flyer_2015We are super excited to be working with Sue Huntington on her next fashion show! Having seen the excitement first hand at her previous shows, we are privileged to have been selected by Sue to benefit from the proceeds of her latest show.

Sue has the most amazing shop in Heswall and her fashion shows have a reputation near and far for launching casual yet sophisticated seasonal outfits as well as high glamour dresses and outfits for glitzy occasions and weddings. There’s always lots of oohing and aahing in the audience and people queue around the block to get into Sue’s shop the next day!

Sue’s fashion show will held in the stunning Walled Garden Marquee at Thornton Manor, Thornton Hough CH63 1JB. Doors will open at 7 for pre-show drinks and the show will start promptly at 7.30pm.

We’ve got some wonderful raffle prizes lined up for our guests to be in with a chance of winning. Unfortunately we can’t say too much at this stage but let’s just say, there’s definitely a designer handbag and an overnight stay in a plush hotel in there!

We’re hoping to sell 1,000 tickets for the night, which is a tall order but with your help we hope we can! Please spread the word amongst your family and friends, we’d love to see you on the night and we that know Sue would too. She’s been a long-time supporter of Wirral Hospice St John’s so she’s equally delighted to be helping us to raise a fantastic amount of money for our patients, their carers and families.

Please call the Fundraising Office on 0151 343 0778 Mon to Fri 9-5pm or email hayley@wirralhospice.org or michellet@wirralhospice.org to book your tickets, which are only £10 each. Really good value for a fabulous night out!

Author: Teresa Nightingale

Local pub raises £2,300 for Wirral Hospice

A fundraiser held in aid of Wirral Hospice St John’s was a huge success thanks to a local pub that’s bursting with community spirit.

Staff from The Rock Villa Hotel in Birkenhead held a ‘Family Day’ in May, which offered comedy, activities, music and a raffle, raising a fantastic £2,300. The event was greatly supported by local customers who were very generous in wirral_hospice_rock_villa_2013their donations.

James McDonald, a customer of The Rock Villa who helped to organise the event, also took part in this year’s Chester Half Marathon to raise sponsorship in aid of Wirral Hospice. James said, “Staff and customers chose to support Wirral Hospice as it has cared for so many of our loved ones and helped their families through incredibly tough times. The Hospice cared for someone I held very dear to me and helped them to pass away with the dignity they deserved”.

Kerry Threadgill, Wirral Hospice’s Fundraising Co-ordinator, said “We are delighted to receive such a fantastic amount and are very grateful to all at The Rock Villa for their kindness, hard work and support. They are a great example of how important the Wirral community are, as without this support, we would not be able to raise the money needed to continue to provide our special care’.

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