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.


By land, by sea, by air #hospiceheroes reach new heights for Wirral Hospice

With over £2 million to raise each year from our local community, we can’t put into words how much of an impact our supporters make to the future of Wirral Hospice. We receive fantastic support from incredibly generous individuals through a number of different avenues including legacies, trusts, charity shops, corporate support, regular giving, lottery and community events. For those individuals who chose to support us through means of a more adrenaline-inducing nature, challenge events make up a vital part of our fundraising.

We are extremely lucky to have the opportunity to utilize local landmarks for various fundraising activities, including historical Leasowe Lighthouse – a 101 foot 18th century building that is certainly supporting local charities today. During April, many brave individuals faced their fears to raise money for Wirral Hospice, boldly scaling the lighthouse through an abseil. With over 70 people abseiling throughout the day, Wirral Hospice could proudly say that 17 of those 70 were Hospice challengers.

We did not expect to have so many individuals requesting registration forms, wanting to show their support – our numbers tripled! It was a lovely surprise and very touching.SAM_0987

Councillor Ian Lewis took part in support of the Hospice, describing the experience as an opportunity he “just couldn’t pass up”.

“The easy bit was climbing the stairs and coming down. The difficult, rather terrifying part was leaving the safety of the balcony, holding onto the handrail and being told to lean back, when your natural inclination is to lean forward”. With over £600 raised in sponsorship for the Hospice, we’re certainly glad that Ian didn’t pass up the opportunity to get involved and make a difference.

Some readers may find this slightly off-putting, however it wouldn’t really be a challenge without the fear-factor, would it? Ian shares his advice for future abseilers wanting a piece of the action; “smile for the camera. Oh and don’t look down!”

From 101 feet to 15 miles, the Wirral Coastal Walk is an event that has helped to support local charities within our community for many years. Despite fingers being tightly crossed for another warm, sunshine-filled event, walkers were greeted with a more-than-bracing wind that really increased challenge levels. Luckily our walkers are made of tough stuff and we had no doubt that they would complete the walk with a smile on their face!

Watching thousands of people walk together side by side is a visual reminder of the dramatic impact community spirit can have on local charities. We are extremely lucky to have this rotary-organised event available to us, actively supporting charities and their fundraising.

With our own fundraising benefitting immensely from the Wirral Coastal Walk every year, we are always looking for other local events to add to our calendar. but all raising sponsorship for the same cause. Fundraising events such as these are fantastic opportunities to increase support as they appeal to so many different people.

Hospice supporter Louie Stiles, 12, thoroughly enjoyed the event, showing no fear throughout the entire challenge. Louie’s dad, Rich received care at Wirral Hospice before sadly passing away in September 2012. Through the generosity of his friends and family, Louie zip-wired his way to raising over £500 in sponsorship for Wirral Hospice.

Also zipping his way to making a difference was supporter Ethan Akers, who travelled from Sheffield especially for the event. Taking part to raise money in memory of his Nan, who received care from the Wirral Hospice team, Ethan raised over £300 for Wirral Hospice.

“It is fantastic to see young individuals get involved and support the Hospice by taking part in an activity they may not have thought they would ever do. It is important to engage with the younger members of our community so that they are able to gain knowledge about Hospice care and the importance of the community in supporting it”.

Thank you to all of our supporters who work so hard to support the work of the Hospice. You’re a brave bunch!SAM_1337

To find out more about our forthcoming events or for information about how you can help Wirral Hospice, please call the Fundraising Office on 0151 343 0778.


Author: Kerry Threadgill


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