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Pucker up for Willowbrook!

Willowbrook Hospice is encouraging people to join them on 29 May in the Kiss-May national selfie campaign to raise awareness and funds for hospice care.
With the population rising and people living longer, the need for hospice care is continually increasing. Anyone who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness should have the support they need to make their final moments count. Britain’s 232 hospices need to collectively raise £1.8million every day to ensure that these crucial services can continue to care and support patients and their loved ones. Willowbrook Hospice alone needs to raise £10, 656 every day. Without the public’s support, local Hospice Care would not be possible.

That’s why Willowbrook is asking people to pucker up and send a kiss to someone they miss, texting the words KISS29 £2 to 70070 to donate £2.

How to get involved:
• Before the 29 May, like the Kiss-May Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.
• Put on some red lippy, pucker up and take a selfie – on your own or with a group of friends if you prefer. Guys, you can take part too by having a cheeky lippy imprint on your cheek.
• Share your selfie online at the Kiss-May Facebook page or Twitter feed, using the tag #KissMay. Why not dedicate your kiss to someone you miss?
• Send a text message with the words KISS29 £2 to 70070 to donate £2. The cost is £2 plus the standard message charge for their phone tariff).

Nichola Saunders, Head of Fundraising at Willowbrook Hospice says:
“We’re incredibly proud of the care and support Willowbrook offers to local people and their families, many of whom are going through the most difficult time in their lives. The Kiss May campaign is an easy and fun way for people to help raise funds for Willowbrook and we’re hoping that all of our supporters will share a ‘red lipstick selfie’ for #KissMay.”

Andrea Fragata-Ladeira, CEO of The Care2Save Charitable Trust, organisers of #KissMay, says:
“Hospice Care is something that may affect all of us at some point in our lives and hospices need to raise growing amounts of money in order to continue providing the essential care they do. We hope the public join us in supporting #KissMay for hospice care. It’s time we declare our support for hospices around Britain to help secure their future.”


Daughter runs Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon in memory of mum

Clare Brown, 43, from Prescot will be pounding the streets of Liverpool on 29 May as she takes part in the Rock and Roll Marathon in memory of her mum, Liz Elms.

For mother of two, Clare, this is the latest in a series of challenges she’s undertaken over the last few years to help raise money for Willowbrook Hospice which looked after Liz during the final few months of her life before she lost her brave battle against cancer in September 2012.

Clare says: “My mum originally went into Willowbrook for a couple of days to get her pain medication under control but as her condition gradually worsened, being at the hospice was the only way to control her pain.

“The hospice was unbelievable. At first I had to persuade my Mum to try it as she thought it would be like a hospital but after the first time she felt so relaxed and happy there. All the staff were amazing and really looked after her and our entire family with dignity, respect and love. I honestly don’t know how we would have got through it without Willowbrook. It was, and still is, the most painful part of my life and having my Mum so well looked after in the hospice and her wanting to be there (she was desperate not to be in hospital) made an awful experience a little bit better.”

Before Liz sadly passed away, one of her dying wishes was that Clare help raise funds to support the work of Willowbrook and as Clare says: “You can’t break a promise to your mum”.

Since then, Clare has taken part in the St Helens 10km and the Cheshire Triathalon - raising more than £5,000 for the hospice – before taking on her toughest challenge, the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.

Continues Clare: “The marathon has definitely been the hardest to train for. The St Helens 10k got me back into fitness, the triathlon whilst hard was enjoyable as it was different events. The marathon however is just relentless running. Due to the sheer amount of training it takes it has literally took over my weekends and when you work full time and have 2 children it’s been really difficult to fit it in but it will be worth it and I know that my mum would be proud of me. From personal experience I realise the difference that the hospice makes – not just to the patients but to their families as well and want to do my bit to ensure that they can carry on doing this.”

Nichola Saunders, Head of Fundraising at Willowbrook says: “The hospice needs to raise over £4 million every year in order to run and develop its services. We depend on the generosity of the communities of St Helens and Knowsley and it’s thanks to people like Clare that we can continue to care for local people and their families. She’s an inspiration!”

To sponsor Clare and help raise money for Willowbrook Hospice, please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Clare-Brown20


John walks for Willowbrook

John Dodd, a 71 year-old pensioner recently took on a 200 mile trek from his home in Surbiton, Surrey to Lime Street, Liverpool to help raise funds for national and local charities, including Prescot based Willowbrook Hospice.

Dedicating his walk to Liverpool celebrities, Cilla Black, Billy Fury, Frankie Vaughan and Michael Holliday, John has been doing five celebrity charity walks each year for the past 6 years, raising over £15, 500 for cause after cause.

A former film extra, John is no stranger to celebrities – and indeed, they're often among his sponsors, from Richard Attenborough to Dame Judi Dench.
John says: "I've been sponsored by over 130 stars, throughout my time as a walker. Although I’m not related to Ken Dodd he has sponsored me, twice! He’s such a lovely man, and very kind to his fans. I did a walk for his 82nd birthday, and I’m planning another for his 90th next year!”

John’s recent walk lasted 14 days and took in sights such as London’s West End, St Albans and Cambridge before travelling through Yorkshire, crossing the Pennines and eventually concluding at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre on Lime Street, all in aid of Willowbrook Hospice, Claire House children’s hospice and Age UK.


Mum and daughter to run 10km for hospice

A mother and daughter team will be racing around the streets of Manchester to help raise funds to support Willowbrook Hospice.

Jill Culling 55, of St Helens and her daughter Louise, 18, are getting ready to take part in Great Manchester Run on 22 May 2016.

The duo decided to take on the challenge in appreciation of the ‘amazing’ care the Hospice gave to Stephen Culling – Jill’s husband and Louise’s father.

Jill said: “Stephen was diagnosed with terminal cancer in December 2010 and was referred to Willowbrook for treatment and respite care. Although he managed to come home for Christmas, he returned to Willowbrook soon after and passed away peacefully with me at his side on 16 January 2011.”
“The Hospice was fantastic with Stephen and everyone was so kind and caring. It made the world of difference that we could spend those last few days with Stephen together as a family. Every day that we spent at Willowbrook was a happy and peaceful time - we used the little time we had to reflect and prepare. All of the staff at Willowbrook, from volunteers to nurses to consultants, treated us all with understanding, compassion and dignity and prepared us for the hard journey we faced.”

In training since January 2016, Jill and Louise will be joining thousands of other runners on the start line for the 10km event, which starts and finishes in Manchester City Centre and passes Old Trafford along the route.

Jill continues; “Taking part in run is our way of saying thank you and ‘putting something back’ into the hospice after all the help and support they gave to us. We’re determined to complete the 10K in under an hour and raise as much money as we can for Willowbrook”

Louise, who works at a local primary school added: “Willowbrook Hospice allowed us to be a family when we needed to the most. I will always be thankful for the care my dad received and how comfortable and peaceful they made him through his care at the hospice. Raising money from our run will help ensure that more families are able to benefit from all that Willowbrook offers.”
“Although the training has been hard work – especially in the early days! - we’re both really looking forward to the run, especially as we’ve never done anything like this before. It’s going to be a great buzz at the end knowing that we’ve completed the run and helped to raise money for the hospice.”

All of the money raised by Jill and Louise will allow Willowbrook Hospice to continue to provide the highest standards of care and support to local people with life limiting illnesses.
To support Jill and Clare and help raise money for Willowbrook Hospice, please go to:
https://www.justgiving.com/jill-culling2 for Jill or https://www.justgiving.com/louise-culling for Louise


Clare’s marathon effort in memory of Paul

Primary school teacher Clare Cronin (29) will be joining over 54,000 runners as she takes part in the Paris Marathon 2016 this Sunday to help raise funds for the hospice which cared for her friend and neighbour, Paul Fairchild.

Clare from St Helens says: “Paul was a lovely man and had achieved more in 29 years than most people do in a life time. He’d ran two half marathons to help raise thousands of pounds for Cancer Research and had a beautiful partner Aneta, and two amazing children, Jamie aged 4 and Sophie aged 2.”

Family man Paul had already battled cancer three times when he was diagnosed in September 2014 with terminal cancer. Just 8 weeks later, Paul was admitted to Willowbrook Hospice, where he spent the final 2 weeks of his life.

Continues Clare: “Paul’s character, strength and determination carried him and his family through the darkest time of their lives. Paul was ‘living with cancer, not dying of cancer’ and the work, love and support Willowbrook offered Paul and his family and friends was beyond amazing.

“Training for the marathon has been a long journey with highs and lows. I've pushed myself to levels I never thought I'd achieve but what’s kept me going is knowing that I’m helping raise money for Willowbrook Hospice in memory of Paul. The hospice provides round the clock care and support for local families in times of need and I just want to do my little bit to make a difference.”

To support Clare and help raise money for Willowbrook Hospice, please go to https://www.justgiving.com/Clare-Cronin


Annual Choir Festival raises over £800 for hospice

Singers from 12 local choirs sang their hearts out at the annual St Helens Choir festival which raised over £800 for Willowbrook Hospice.

The festival took place at St Mary’s Church, Lowe House on 30 March 2016 with the audience treated to a range of singing styles from gospel to accepella.

Organiser John Beirne of Avanti Hair in St Helens said, “It was fantastic to have so many fabulous singers – young and old - in one place, all enjoying themselves and doing their bit to help raise money for Willowbrook.”

The choirs singing at this year’s festival included Red V voices, Rainhill High Notes, Grand National Chorus, Asda Choir, Celebration Choir, New Street Singers, The Citadel Sing Out Choir, Reeves Court Singers, Sherdley Primary school, Jubilate Praise and Shine Gospel Choir.

John continues: “Next year will be the Choir Festival’s 10th anniversary and we’re hoping it’s going to be the biggest and best ever! If any choirs are interested in joining us they’ll be more than welcome!”

Nicky Saunders, Fundaising Manager at Willowbrook Hospice said: "Once again, the choir festival provided a brilliant evening of entertainment and we’d like to thank all the choirs who took part for supporting Willowbrook Hospice and of course, John Beirne for organising the event.
"We rely heavily on events like this to help us reach our £4 million annual running costs and the money the choir festival raised will help us continue providing specialist care to adults in St Helens and Knowsley with life limiting illnesses."


John walks for Willowbrook

John Dodd, a 71 year-old pensioner recently took on a 200 mile trek from his home in Surbiton, Surrey to Lime Street, Liverpool to help raise funds for national and local charities, including Prescot based Willowbrook Hospice.

Dedicating his walk to Liverpool celebrities, Cilla Black, Billy Fury, Frankie Vaughan and Michael Holliday, John has been doing five celebrity charity walks each year for the past 6 years, raising over £15, 500 for cause after cause.

A former film extra, John is no stranger to celebrities – and indeed, they're often among his sponsors, from Richard Attenborough to Dame Judi Dench.
John says: "I've been sponsored by over 130 stars, throughout my time as a walker. Although I’m not related to Ken Dodd he has sponsored me, twice! He’s such a lovely man, and very kind to his fans. I did a walk for his 82nd birthday, and I’m planning another for his 90th next year!”

John’s recent walk lasted 14 days and took in sights such as London’s West End, St Albans and Cambridge before travelling through Yorkshire, crossing the Pennines and eventually concluding at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre on Lime Street, all in aid of Willowbrook Hospice, Claire House children’s hospice and Age UK.


Golfers invited to swing into action for 10th anniversary fundraising day

Golfers are invited to tee off to help raise funds for Willowbrook Hospice as the charity hosts its 10th annual golf day.

Sponsored by GPW recruitment, the Willowbrook Hospice Challenge Shield takes place on Thursday 2 June at Huyton & Prescot Golf Course with a 2pm shot gun start.

Entry is £65 for individual players of £250 for a team of four. For more information or to register, please call Mark Pilkington on 01744 453798 or email MarkP@willowbrookhospice.org.uk


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