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Can you help us name our new building?

We are looking for your help to help us to name our exciting new wellbeing centre on Borough Road in St Helens, which is opening in January 2016. We hope that this new building will encompass all that we are trying to do to help people to live well.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             We will have a wellbeing suite to help us to offer support and care to our patients and their families, offering holistic care, information and counselling, and group sessions for patients and carers. This will help us to extend our caring into the community, and make sure that everybody is empowered to live their lives as well as possible for as long as possible.

The building will be open to all, with a shop and a café, a large meeting room available to book and which will offer classes such as tai chi, yoga and toddlers groups. Fundraising will be housed here and will run exciting new events like a Winter Fayre, as well as running smaller craft groups , and book clubs.
The emphasis of the new building will be on enjoying life and living well, in all ways. 

We would be really grateful if you can help us by considering a few questions and emailing your replies to: events@willowbrookhospice.org.uk Everybody who enters will be entered into a draw to win a box of Heroes!

  • What do you think about this new building?
  • What do you think about our services?
  • How could we improve what we do?
  • Do you have any suggestions for a name that tells people what this building is all about?

Manor Farm charity music festival

The historic Manor Farm public house in Rainhill, Merseyside is set to host a two day festival this weekend in aid of local charities, Willowbrook Hospice and Slow Down for Bobby.

Around 2,000 people, many of them families are expected to attended the two-day event ‘Rainhill Rocks’ festival which starts at 3.45pm on Friday 21 August. The packed line-up includes a host of local bands such as Salander, Roulette, Problem Child and Rollin’ Thunder as well as solo performers including Chris Schofield. There will also be entertainment for children such as donkey rides, face painting and much more as well as a barbecue and hog roast.

The festival is the brainchild of new Manor Farm managers, Sarah Shaw and David Smith.
Nicky Saunders, Fundraising Manager at Willowbrook Hospice said: “Rainhill Rocks promises to be a brilliant weekend and we’re really grateful to Sarah and David for organising the event and giving their support to help raise money for two very worthwhile causes.”

Manor Farm is a grade II listed building which dates back to 1662 and is popular with historians. A previous building on the site is thought to date back as early as 1200. Manor Farm was turned into a public house in 1973 and serves traditional ales and beers.

Local soprano to perform in aid of Willowbrook Hospice

Rainhill soprano Lynn Jones will be performing a packed programme of songs from the shows and classical favourites at St Thomas Church, Westfield Street, Eccleston on Friday 4 September at 7.30pm.

Lynn, a former volunteer and recipient of day therapy at the hospice, will be supported by Aughton Male Voice Choir, 10 year old local singing sensation Daisy Wilson and guitarist/vocalist Alex Roberts.

Lynn said: “The team at Willowbrook do an amazing job and I’m glad I can help to raise funds for them by doing something that I love.”

Nicky Saunders, Head of Fundraising at the hospice said: “Lynn is a fantastic supporter of the hospice and over the years has helped to raise thousands of pounds to support our work. It’s thanks to people like Lynn that we can continue to care and support our patients and their families.”

Tickets for the concert are cost £6 and are available from Lynn on 07754 773089. There will also be a prize raffle drawn during the evening.

Have a Get Together for Willowbrook

Willowbrook Hospice is inviting people across Knowsley and St Helens to organise a Get Together to help it raise funds.

The hospice has recently launched its ‘My Get Together’ campaign and The Church of the Holy Spirit in Dovecot has offered its support by helping to host a Coffee Morning on Friday 11 September at 10.30am-12pm. Refreshments will be available alongside a prize raffle with all donations welcome.

Willowbrook Hospice has launched the ‘My Get Together’ appeal to find a fun way for people to generate the £4 million needed to continue to offer services to patients.
Emily Naylor, community fundraiser for the hospice, said: “Organising a Get Together is a fantastic way to help raise funds for Willowbrook Hospice to enable us to continue to provide care to local people.
“All of our services are free of charge and we rely almost entirely on the generosity of local people, which is why we’re encouraging people to sign up and host a Get Together.”
“We’d also like to thank The Church of the Holy Spirit for their generosity and for getting involved with the appeal.”

For more information on how you can organise your own Get Together, contact the hospice fundraising team on 01744 453798, email EmilyN@willowbrookhospice.org.uk or visit www.willowbrook.org.uk for your My Get Together pack.

Cyclists saddle up for Willowbrook

160 local riders recently took part in Willowbrook Hospice’s 2nd annual Ride 45 cycle challenge.

The 45 mile ride, starting and finishing at Sutton Leisure Centre, St Helens took in scenic views of the Knowsley, St Helens and West Lancashire countryside, with ample refreshments provided along the way.

Ride 45 participant Carl Davies from Huyton said: “I like to challenge myself and events like Ride 45 help me to keep fit for my children as well raising vital funds to support my local hospice.
“Willowbrook Hospice will always have a special place in my heart. Everybody is really friendly, caring for those that need it most when it’s most needed. My Mum, Ros, has been a volunteer for the hospice since it opened and loves the work that she does.”

Mark Pilkington, Challenges Fundraiser at Willowbrook says: “We are delighted that so many riders turned out – particularly given the initial downpour on the day! The event was a huge success and we would like to offer our congratulations and thanks to everyone who took part and made the day possible. All the money raised will allow the hospice to keep providing specialist care to people with life shortening illnesses who live in the St Helens and Knowsley area.”

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.

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