Why I’m walking for the Hospice #wirralcoastalwalk #wirral

annie johnson start lineFancy a bracing walk around the Wirral’s stunningly scenic coastline in aid of Wirral Hospice St John’s? Avid walker Annie Johnson does!

Annie is no stranger to walking long distances, having an energetic dog, George, to look after. Annie can often be found walking along the beaches at Thurstaston, West Kirby, Hoylake and Meols.

Organised by the brilliant Rotary Club of North Wirral, this year’s Wirral Coastal Walk will take place on Sunday 18 June 2017. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get out together and get healthy with your friends, families, colleagues, four-legged friends and, at the same time, and help to make a difference to others on Wirral who need specialist care.

As a positive attitude to helping people support their charities, the organisers of the walk have made it possible for everybody to participate on accessible terrain. You can walk at your own pace and either walk for the full 15 miles from Seacombe to Thurstaston or there are completion points at 4 or 10 miles along the route. Canine companions are most welcome to take part free of charge!

As Annie explains, “I am a lifelong supporter of Wirral Hospice St John’s and, as well as being a Trustee for the last three years, I regularly volunteer at fundraising events and have participated in several long-distance challenges to help raise money for the charity, I even abseiled down the side of Wallasey Town Hall dressed as a jelly bean!!”

“My late father and two of my best friends received end of life care at the Hospice, another friend received pain relief and symptom control so I have witnessed first hand the outstanding care and comfort they give to patients, their families, carers and loved ones. It makes all the difference when you are at this incredibly difficult stage to have their support and care.  It is so important to keep the Hospice for the good of all the Wirral community.  I will be proudly be walking the distance for them on 18 June, and I will be using it as a training session for my 7th trekking holiday in Nepal this Autumn.”

Wirral Hospice St John’s needs £3.6 million each year to continue to look after patients with terminal or life-limiting illnesses, including cancer, heart disease, respiratory and neurological conditions.

To request a registration form, t-shirt and sponsor forms, please call Corinne McGinty on 0151 343 0778 or email fundraising@wirralhospice.org, thank you.

Please click here to make a donation to Wirral Hospice St John’s work or to set up a fundraising page to help us raise funds.

Annie, #Glowing for #WirralHospice

annie-jNow that our first Glow with the Flow walk is over, we wanted to speak to one of our walkers to see how they found this neon filled walk. Our first person accross the line, Annie, was more than happy to share her experience:

Annie, what made you sign up to this event?

It sounded like such a fun event to be part of, I signed up as soon as the Fundraising Team announced it! Some dear family and friends have been cared for by the Hospice which is why it’s so close to my heart.

Was the event what you expected?

It was even better! There was an amazing atmosphere from the moment I arrived. Excited and colourful women, young and old, everywhere you looked. People laughing and having their faces painted, it felt a bit like a carnival.

What was the highlight of the night for you?

I was very proud to have been asked to lead the walk so that everyone knew where to go. We had marshals in place too all along the route but it was a great feeling to know that I was marching 900 women and girls along. I got so into it waving my glow sticks about that when I turned around a couple of times my fellow walkers had lagged some way behind so I had to wait for them to catch up!

How much have you raised in sponsorship so far?

So far it’s £366 online and I have raised about £250 from good old-fashioned sponsor forms. People have been very generous so I would just like to say a really big thank you for your support. It means so much to me and I know it does to the Hospice too.

You can find Annie’s page here

What would you recommend people do to prepare for the event?

I’m a keen walker anyway and have two dogs that need a lot of exercise so it was easy for me to cope with that distance. Though I must say I don’t usually walk quite so fast or with glowing bunny ears on! It’s an event for people of all abilities and  five miles is an achievable distance that you only really need to put in some gentle training in the weeks leading up.

Would you take part in this event again?

Yes, I can’t wait until next year!

Thank you to Annie and everyone who took part in and supported ‘Glow with the Flow’. We had more than 900 walkers glowing as they walked from West Kirby to Hoylake and back for our five mile walk!

We are delighted by the support we received from local business and the council which enabled this event to be such a success and we hope to have raised over £20,000 from this amazing walk.

Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the night.

Author: Jacinta Warwick

‘Young Person’s Walk’ raises over £600 for Wirral Hospice #hospiceheroes

On Friday 19th December, when most of us were rushing home to switch on the heating, Brittany White, 16 and her team of friends were preparing themselves for a chilly challenge to raise money for Wirral Hospice St John’s.

From Friday to Sunday, the group walked 31.68 miles in 36 hours, camping out in the December cold to ensure the event reached tough status.

After shaving her head in September to support the Hospice (you can read about it here), Brittany felt she could do more and organised a ‘Young Person’s Walk’ with the help of her close friends from the Merseyside Arms Cadets Hoylake Detachment.

Team leader Brittany said “we wanted to challenge ourselves whilst supporting a good cause. Together as a team, we found the challenge difficult but completing it made us all feel so proud and feel that our families would be proud of us too”.

Many within the group spoke about their experiences of Cancer including Olly Fisher, whose Nan passed away due to the disease and Anthony and Brittany White, who lost their Granddad 3 years ago. Team member Owen Lines shared “my Mum suffered with Bowel Cancer and was fortunate enough to beat it”. Brittany added, “everyone in the team, (including our mascot Sam the dog!), feels proud in their own way, for their own reasons”.

The team of young walkers worked hard to make sure they raised as much as they could for Wirral Hospice by fundraising in the community. Over three Sundays in December, they packed bags in heron Foods in Moreton, adding to the total they had raised from family and friends.

“There were times during the challenge that some of us debated whether to continue but as a team, we helped each other and did the miles with only a few blisters. Completing the challenge made us all feel so proud and feel that our families would be proud of us too. It has brought us all closer together and has built up confidence in all of us”.

Brittany and the team have raised a massive £643.49 for  Wirral Hospice St John’s which will make a big difference to our future patients and their families.

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Team members: Brittany White (16), Owen Lines (15), Brianne Dysart (15), James Sherritt (15), Oliver Fisher (15), Anthony White (19), Amy Green & Sam the dog.

 

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