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Charity cycle is a family affair

Stuart Worrall is hoping to make this year’s Willowbrook Hospice Ride 45 a family affair.
Keen cyclist Stuart, 40, from St Helens competed in the challenge last year and this year, as well as riding alongside his son Jack, he’s hoping to rope in his wife Louise and younger son Nathan.
Stuart says: “I had a fantastic time last year – the ride was really enjoyable and the route takes in some beautiful countryside. As well as meeting other cycling enthusiasts, it’s a great opportunity to raise much needed funds for Willowbrook – a charity that’s very close to my heart.”

Stuart’s dad, Alan was cared for at Willowbrook before sadly losing his short battle against cancer in June 2006, aged just 64.

Stuart continues: “The care, dignity and respect my dad received at the hospice, plus the support that was offered to us all as a family was second to none and greatly appreciated, remembered and comforting.

Seeing at first hand, the work of Willowbrook, Stuart and Jack have taken part in numerous sponsor events for the hospice including numerous Liverpool – Chester – Liverpool bike rides and this year’s Hospice golf day.

Says Stuart: “Every penny really does count and I hope that me and my family can continue to raise money for Willowbrook and to help other families who find themselves in the same situation as we were nine years ago.”

Mark Pilkington, Challenges Fundraiser for Willowbrook Hospice said, “Stuart’s a great supporter of the hospice and we’re looking forward to seeing him and his family on 19 July!”

For more information about Ride 45, ring 01744 453798 or email events@willowbrookhospice.org.uk

Bowled over by charity donation

CHARITY bosses at Willowbrook Hospice were ‘bowled over’ by the amount raised at a recent crown green bowling challenge held at The Carr Mill pub in St Helens.
35 regulars from the Starting Gate pub on Chain Lane competed in the knock out bowling challenge which raised £425 for Willowbrook.

The event, organised by Paul Sheeran and Kevin Hill from Laffak, follows on from the success of last year’s competition which raised over £350 for the hospice.
Paul said: “This year, so many of our friends have had loved ones who’ve had cancer or other illnesses or who have received treatment at Willowbrook that we decided to organise another match to try to raise even more money for the hospice.

“The bowlers are a great bunch of people and we’ve had fantastic support from our families and friends. Special thanks in particular to the staff at The Carr Mill for their help and hospitality”.

Starting at 12pm, the competition was eventually won by Derek Sheeran and Tony Gordon following a close fight off with Dean Ford and Ian McQuade.

Nichola Saunders, Head of Fundraising at Willowbrook Hospice said “What a lovely way to honour loved ones who are no longer with us. We are very grateful for this kind donation, which will go a long way towards helping the work we do”

Golf day raises more than £4250

MORE than £4250 was raised at Willowbrook Hospice’s 9th annual golf tournament.
The event, sponsored by GPW Recruitment saw 64 amateur golfers compete for the Willowbrook Hospice Challenge Shield at Huyton and Prescot Golf Course on 2 July 2015.

Playing in 16 teams of four, the golfers teed off with a shotgun 2pm start and played several hours of golf rounded off with a 3 course dinner and award presentation.

Mark Pilkington, challenges fundraiser for Willowbrook Hospice said: “The Golf Day was a great success with teams more competitive than ever! All the money raised from the event will help us to continue to care for people who have life shortening illnesses in the St Helens and Knowsley area. Our thanks go to everyone who took part, our corporate sponsors – GPW Recruitment, the golf club and all their staff for their support and service on the day."

The Willowbrook Challenge Shield was won by ‘The Musketeers’ - Carlos Pacheco, Adriano Afonso, Marco Comacho and Steve Swann.
Among those competing in the charity event were individuals and their families and friends who have been personally affected by the work done at the hospice, as well as supporting teams from local and national companies.

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

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