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Willowbrook receives Queen's Award for Voluntary Services

Willowbrook Hospice has been honoured with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The award celebrates the contribution of the 560 volunteers who work tirelessly across all the services within the hospice, from administration and maintenance to driving, working in the hospice charity shops, fundraising and gardening - all of which help Willowbrook to continue to provide specialist care for people with life limiting illnesses who live in St Helens and Knowsley.

Ian Turnbull, Willowbrook Volunteer and HR Co-ordinator and Jan Cunningham, who volunteers at the hospice’s day therapy centre, attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 28 May where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.

Willowbrook Hospice is one of 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards handed out to groups have increased by over 60% from 2014, due to an increase in high quality applications, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year range from Ablaze, a charity helping to raise academic achievement amongst disadvantaged young people in Bristol to a volunteer rescue boat service on Loch Lomond.

The hospice will receive the award from Dame Lorna Muirhead, the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside and patron of Willowbrook, later this summer.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said:

“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups. The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the best of democracy in action.”

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:
“I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements.The hard work and commitment that goes into the work of these organisations is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that
we can continue to build a bigger, stronger society.”
Neil Wright, Chief Executive of Willowbrook said: “We’re extremely proud of all our volunteers and this Award from Her Majesty the Queen is well deserved. We recognise that we couldn’t continue to do what we do at Willowbrook without the contribution of our volunteers and I’d like encourage anyone in the local area to volunteer for us…even if it’s just for a few hours.”
To find out more about the range of voluntary opportunities at Willowbrook, contact Ian Turnbull on 0151 430 8736

Open Day and Summer Fayre

Have a brew and bag a bargain!

The fundraising team at Willowbrook Hospice is hoping for blue skies and sunshine for its Open Day and Summer Fayre on Sunday 28 June. The event will be held in the hospice’s beautiful grounds at Portico Lane, Prescot, L34 2QT from 1-3pm.
The open day will offer people a chance to look at the changes which have taken place at the hospice over the past two years, have a coffee (or tea!) and indulge in a spot of retail therapy with a range of stalls offering everything from local crafts, toiletries, books, plants and toys. There will also be a range of games and raffles.
Emily Naylor, Community Fundraiser for Willowbrook Hospice, said; ‘The open day is a great day out for local families, and in turn, it raises vital funds to help Willowbrook care for local people with life shortening illnesses’
She continues; ‘We’re hoping that the local community really comes out in force to have a look around our new facilities, have a brew and bag a bargain at this great free family event.’

Michael Buble tribute night

Love Michael Buble?

Get your tickets for the Buble tribute on 1 May at the Function Room in St Helens from 7.30pm.

Tickets £10 available from Willowbrook Fundraising office on 01744 453798.
Price includes hot and cold food. All proceeds to Willowbrook!

The St Helens Santa Dash is BACK

On your marks, get set, “ho, ho, ho!”

The race is on to join the scores of Santas who will be dashing for cash through the streets of St Helens on Saturday 6 December as part of the town’s 3rd annual Santa Dash. 

Organised by Willowbrook Hospice and the Steve Prescott Foundation, the festive fun run will set off from Church Square at 11am, following a route that is nearly 4km, which will include crossing the Steve Prescott Bridge and a lap of the Saints Stadium.

Entry for the St Helens Santa Dash is £12 for adults, £6 for 5-16 year olds with under 5s free. Adult entry includes a free Santa suit while children will receive a free Santa hat. All Santa’s will also receive a luxury Marks & Spencers Mince Pie.

Nicky Saunders, Willowbrook Hospice’s Fundraising Manager said: “The Santa Dash is a great way to celebrate the season of goodwill, have some fun and help us raise funds for two very worthy causes.”

Martin Blondel General Manager of The Steve Prescott Foundation said “We are elated that the Santa Dash has come back to its original route. We would like to thank St Helens RFC for allowing all Santa’s to run around the Langtree Park pitch and take in the stadium. We have also been working with St Helens Council events team and St Helens Parish Church to stage festive entertainment throughout the day!”

So why not get in the Christmas spirit and register at sthelenssantadash.co.uk Entry forms are also available from Willowbrook Hospice Fundraising Office, Claughton Street, St Helens or by phoning 01744 453798.

St. Helens town centre provides a great range of high street stores and independent shops, quality restaurants, pubs and bars. Accessible town centre Council car parking is FREE on Saturdays and can be found easily throughout the town centre.

For more information about what’s happening in St Helens town centre go towww.whatsoninsthelens.com or telephone 01744 676731. For regular eventupdates go to facebook.com/whatsoninsthelens and ‘like’ our page or follow us on twitter.com/whatsonsthelens

Nicky's Story

Hospice is a special for Nicky

Over the past few weeks The St Helens Reporter have been running news articles about the Hospice in connection with the Jam Jar Army appeal, and this weeks article focuses on Nicky Saunders the Fundraising Manager and her connection to the hospice. 

"Willowbrook Hospice will forever hold a special place in Nicky Saunders’ heart – and not just because she is the charity’s fund-raising boss.

Nicky’s husband, Mark, was treated in the Portico Lane hospice after being diagnosed with terminal bowel and liver cancer in 1999 and her dad, Ian, was treated there before dying of leukaemia last year.

She said: “Mark didn’t want to go into the hospice but as soon as we walked in the door and were greeted by the volunteers on reception and the nurses, it was just lovely. It was such a different atmosphere to the hospital. They really made a fuss of him and he really liked going there. The doctors treated him more like a friend. I loved what the hospice did for him – they gave him his dignity back.

“Mark was such a nice guy. He didn’t drink or smoke – he was a black belt in jujitsu – and he was a wonderful dad and a lovely husband.”

Nicky, 51, of Knowsley Village, was just 38 when Mark lost his brave cancer battle in September 2001 and their children Steven, now 24, and Laura, 22, were just 11 and 10.

She returned to work as a craft, cookery and cake-decorating teacher at Knowsley Community College before, a few years later, grasping the opportunity to work for Willowbrook.

Nicky has now worked for Willowbrook for the last seven years. She added: “My mum was first to notice the advert for a fund-raising manager. I didn’t apply at first, but when I did I got the job!

“Willowbrook is a privilege to work for. I feel very passionately about what the hospice can do for people to help them feel better about their lives - both physically and emotionally.”

“Hospice staff can also help families get through the worst time in their lives. Grief is a very personal thing and everyone deals with it differently.”" - St Helens Reporter; page 3; 28th May 2014

The Summer of Fun

This Summer be apart of Willowbrook's biggest & best events of the year!


The Summer starts with our annual Willowbrook Challenge Shield Golf day at Grange Park Golf Course on Thursday 19th June. Last years winners GPW Recruitment will be back to defend the shield that they won last year and will want to win it for a 2nd consecutive year. Are you a golf fanatic & think you and your team are good enough to win it all? call or email Mark at on 01744 453798 or markp@willowbrookhospice.org.uk for more information

On the 28th June we have our annual Summer Fayre at Our Lady of Portico Church on Portico Lane, Entry is free, so come along with the kids and grab yourself a bargain at one of the many stalls, let the kids win a prize at one of the games, or simply come down for tea and cakes. call or email Emily on 01744 453798 or emilyn@willowbrookhospice.org.uk for more information

Then its time for the big one, The Moonlight Walk 2014, and it is all NEW... we have a NEW DATE, Saturday 5th July 2014. we have NEW PRICES, £10 for Adults and £5 for Children. We have a NEW VENUE Queens Park Leisure Centre. We have two routes to choose from 10km & 6km. We have NEW supporters in O2 Ormskirk and Go Active. So what are you all waiting for? sign up today and make this years Moonlight Walk the biggest and best yet! For more details contact 01744 453798 or email events@willowbrookhospice.org.uk 

Finally, NEW for 2014 is our very own bike ride, the Ride 45! Take up the challenge of our new 45 mile ride taking place through the St Helens, Knowsley and Lancashire area. The ride starts and finishes at Sutton Lesuire centre and takes in the scenery around crank and Beacon Hill. it is going to be a tough & challenging journey but it is suitable for all cycling abilities from the semi-pros to the sunday cyclists. Entry is just £20 and we as that you kindly raise as much sponsorship as you can. call or email Mark on 01744 453798 or markp@willowbrookhospice.org.uk

Hospice TV Advert

have you seen it?

Twenty six hospices in the North West of England are collaborating for the first time to run a TV advertising campaign that promotes the work that they do and asks for donations.

The advert will appear on peak-time shows in the Granada region, including Coronation Street and Emmerdale. It will run for three weeks from 10 March.

It features scenes filmed with real patients, families, staff and volunteers to spread the key message that hospices are local charities, which provide specialised support for everyone regardless of age or condition, in a positive, welcoming environment. The advert underlines the fact that money donated locally will be spent locally.

The project was the brainchild of Sue McGraw, chief executive of St John's Hospice in Lancaster.

"Each hospice in the North West is a very individual organisation, built by the local community, for local people. However, through our dealings together, it became clear we shared many common frustrations around the common misconceptions people can hold about us,” she said.

"With this campaign we're hoping to break down these myths and barriers by bringing the reality of what we are all about into people's homes and onto their TV screens."

if you follow the link below you will be able to donate to the campaign. 



Queens Park Local History Club

A huge thank you to Queens Park local history club raising over £700 for Willowbrook Hospice through out 2013. we really appreciate your support over the past year

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