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Send your season’s greetings from the Hospice

The Christmas build up is starting...Willowbrook Hospice Christmas cards are on sale in all 12 Willowbrook charity shops…and are flying off the shelves!

With 15 new designs, from Jolly Robins and Snowmen to classic designs, featuring wreaths and snow scenes, as well as traditional religious scenes, this year's range has something for everyone.

The cards are priced from just £2.50 for a pack of ten, with all proceeds going to the hospice.

Carol Pilkington, Hospice Trading Company Manager, said: "We’ve got a fabulous selection of Christmas cards this year. Buying your cards from Willowbrook is a great way of supporting the hospice and is an easy way of fundraising that anyone can do. The cards are available at all of our shops, from the Hospice at Portico Lane Prescot or online on our website.  Each pack of cards bought helps to make a difference to the lives of people across St Helens and Knowsley who us the hospice”.

Sculthorpe to speak at The Bizz

Former St Helens and international rugby star Paul Sculthorpe MBE has been announced as the guest speaker at Willowbrook Hospice’s business networking event – The Bizz – on 27 September. 

After retiring from professional rugby league, Sculthorpe became the commercial manager of St Helens rugby league club, a director of a number of successful companies as well as delivering motivational training sessions on teamwork and building high performance teams.

Paul’s keynote speech will be central to the re-launch of the Bizz - a quarterly informal business networking meeting organised by the hospice.

Nichola Saunders from Willowbrook says: “The value of networking is now widely accepted. Most businesses realise that word-of-mouth recommendation is by far the best way to gain new business. The Bizz will provide the local business community with a dedicated forum to come together, share expertise, build relationships and offer each other support. We’re hoping it will attract business owners from across Knowsley and St Helens as well as those further afield. Anyone can attend these networking meetings so if you’re looking for new customers, new suppliers or just want to meet and chat with other business people, then bring some business cards and join us at The Bizz.”

The Bizz will be on 27 September 3pm-4.30pm at Willowbrook – The Living Well, Borough Road, St Helens, WA10 3RN. Entry is £10 and includes light refreshments. To reserve a place contact Willowbrook Fundraising team on 01744 453798, email events@willowbrookhospice.org.uk or book online at https://willowbrookhospice.charitycheckout.co.uk/TheBizz

Trek the Great Wall of China for Willowbrook

Willowbrook Hospice is looking for intrepid explorers to join its latest fundraising challenge- trekking the Great Wall of China in October 2017.

The five day trek (16-20 October) is part of the hospice’s 20th (China) anniversary and will include walking through wild landscapes with distant green river valleys and mountain peaks with one of the great wonders of the world as the backdrop.

The trip will be rounded off with a visit to Beijing and an opportunity to visit specular sights such as The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square or the beautiful Temple of Heaven.

The price is a £349 self-funded registration fee, plus raising a minimum of £3,000 in sponsorship.

This fee includes all meals on the trip, flights (excluding taxes), all transfers and transport in China, accommodation in a hotel for three nights, tents/lodge accommodation on the trek for four nights, bottled water for trekking, professional English speaking guides, a challenge leader and a full first aid kit.

Willowbrook’s Challenges Fundraiser Mark Pilkington who will be joining the ‘expedition’ said: “The terrain during the trek will be quite hilly both on and off the wall and with the temperatures will be anything up to 25 degrees, it’ll be a real challenge. But for those taking part it will be the experience of a lifetime – walking across one of the great wonders of the world while helping to raise much needed funds to help Willowbrook continue to care for local people with life limiting illnesses.”

Various training walks and social events will be organised prior to October 2017 so that trekkers can get to know each before departure. For more information, please contact Mark Pilkington on 01744 453798 or email markp@willowbrookhospice.org.uk

‘Wheelie’ big turnout for Hospice fundraiser

200 cyclists from as far afield as Oxfordshire took part in Willowbrook Hospice annual Ride 45 challenge on Sunday 17th July.

Now in its third year, the ‘Ride saw professional and club cyclists get in gear with leisure riders and families to help raise much-needed funds needed for the Prescot based hospice.

Starting and finishing at Rainford Technology College, the Ride took in scenic views of the St Helens, Knowsley and West Lancashire countryside.

Event organiser Mark Pilkington from Willowbrook Hospice said, “Ride 45 has gone from strength to strength over the past three years and we were blown away by the numbers taking part this year. On behalf of Willowbrook I’d like to thank and congratulate everyone who took part, including all of the volunteers who gave up their free time to help make the event such a success.  Special thanks also to Rainford Technology College, the Prince William and Ring O’Bells pubs and Bikes For You in Thatto Heath for their support. We’re hoping the Ride will raise £10, 000, all of which will help to ensure that we can to continue to care for local people with life limiting illnesses.”

Get on your bike for Willowbrook

Local cycling enthusiasts are being asked to ‘saddle up’ to raise cash for Willowbrook Hospice by taking part in Ride 45 on Sunday 17 July 2016.

Now in its third year, Ride 45 offers a choice of 2 cycling routes through the local countryside, either the original 45 ‘miler’ or a short 20 miler – with both routes starting and finishing at Rainford Technology College.

Mark Pilkington, Challenges Fundraiser for Willowbrook said “As in previous years, Ride 45 draws cyclists from all over the North West. This year we’ve changed the route slightly but there’ll still be a well-earned rest stop at the half way point! It’s a great experience for everyone taking part. The ‘Ride is for people of all abilities - whether you’re an experienced riders or a weekend cyclist…although there’s a few challenges along the route to watch out for!”

John Cheshire, Secretary of St Helens Cycling Club, will be taking part in the ‘Ride for the third year. John, whose daughter Emily works at Willowbrook says: “Ride 45 is a fantastic cycle ride through some beautiful countryside. I love taking part each year and with Emily working at the hospice I know how important events like these are in helping to raise funds to support and care for local people and their families.”

Entry is £20 and anyone wanting to sign up can visit www.eventbrite.co.uk (and search for Ride 45) or call 01744 453798.

Hospice kitchen garden created

Willowbrook Hospice recently unveiled its latest addition - a new kitchen garden and state-of-the-art wheelchair friendly greenhouse.
The project is the brainchild of hospice gardener, Juliet McLorie and has been developed thanks to the generosity of the now disbanded Pilkington Horticultural Society who provided a generous donation to the hospice for use in the gardens.
As well as offering an additional day therapy activity for patients, the kitchen garden will also be used to grow fruit and vegetables either for sale or to use in the hospice all year round.

Juliet says: “Gardening has well known therapeutic benefits such as alleviating stress and anxiety and we’ll be encouraging any of our patients who are well enough to come along and take part in our gardening sessions. The greenhouse has been specifically designed to enable wheelchair user access and a couple of the raised beds will also be wheelchair height, again so that patients can actively take part. We’re also hoping that the kitchen garden will allow us to grow as much produce as we possibly can. The patients and customers of the café will be able to benefit from ‘freshly picked’ potatoes, beans, courgettes, onions, herbs, leeks and cabbage and so on.”
If you are able to donate items such as topsoil, seeds, plants, and compost please contact Juliet on 0151 430 8736.

Moonlight Walking for Willowbrook

Saturday night saw 580 people don their pink wigs, cowboy hats, feather boas, tiaras and special pink Moonlight Walk t shirts to walk the streets of St Helens and Knowsley to celebrate Willowbrook Hospice’s 10th annual Moonlight Walk.

Starting and finishing Willowbrook’s new building – The Living Well, walkers got in the mood with entertainment provided by DJ Terryoake, dancers from the Jan Williams Theatre School and the Anvil Street Drummers.

Just before the start of the walk, the sky turned into a sea of pink as people remembered and celebrated the lives of their loved one with a balloon release.

After a lively ‘glo-fit’ warm up led by Heatone Fitness and countdown from Willowbrook patron and BBC North West newsreader Roger Johnson, the walkers were off, taking on either a 12 km route or a ‘mini moonlight’ of 6km.

On their return, every walker received a well-earned Moonlight Walk medal, a brew and a bacon butty.

Nichola Saunders, Head of Fundraising at Willowbrook Hospice said: “This year’s Moonlight Walk was extra special – not only because it was the ‘walk’s 10th anniversary but also because it’s the first time we’ve hosted the event from our new Living Well building. The atmosphere on the night was amazing and it was lovely to see so many people coming together to remember their loved ones and help raise much needed funds to ensure that we as a hospice can continue to care and support our patients and their families. On behalf of Willowbrook I’d like to thank every single person who was involved with the event, whether as a walker, a steward or a volunteer!”

Willowbrook Hospice has been open since 1997 and costs over £4million a year to run, the majority of which needs to be raised through the effort of the communities which it serves.

Diane Humphreys, Senior Fundraiser at Willowbrook would like to extend thanks to the following people and organisations for their generous help and support in making the event a success:
• Barrs Soft drinks
• Terryoake
• Roger Johnson
• Jan Williams Theatre School
• Anvil Street Drummers
• Heatone Fitness
• St Helens Council
• Morrisons, Baxters Lane
• The Olive Grove
• Masterprint
• Nijman Zeetank
• Phil Durrans and family
• Palletland

Keith takes on the ‘Tunnel for hospice

32 year old Keith Underwood from Prescot will be donning his running shoes this Sunday to join an estimated 2, 800 entrants in the Mersey Tunnel 10K event to help raise funds for Willowbrook Hospice.

Father of two Keith who works in the Acute Respiratory service at Whiston knows all too well the vital role Willowbrook plays in caring and supporting patients with life limiting illnesses.

Keen runner Keith said: “Willowbrook Hospice is a place that I have wanted to raise money for a while now. My work often involves liaising with organisations such as Willowbrook who are involved in palliative care. Although I haven’t had a relative admitted to the hospice I know what an amazing place it is and how well the staff there look after people who are at their most vulnerable, including relatives.”

Now in its 11th year, the race starts at Pall Mall in Liverpool, goes beneath the river through the Kingsway Tunnel and ends in New Brighton.

Keith continues: “I’ve already done several charity runs but it’s my first time doing the tunnel 10k. Coming out of the tunnel will be the toughest bit as it’s so steep, but I’m sure there’ll be a great atmosphere and hopefully I’ll be able to raise as much money as possible for Willowbrook."

To sponsor Keith and help raise money for Willowbrook Hospice, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KeithUnderwood1

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