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Official Opening Japanese Garden

Over the last couple of years, The North West Japanese Garden Society has very kindly given up some of their weekends to build two Japanese Gardens within the Hospice. These are beautiful, serene areas of contemplation and peace for the use of everyone within the Hospice.

A first visit to the Hospice can be a daunting experience – but we hope that by providing beautiful gardens and surroundings that first step across the threshold can be less of an ordeal. Although we can’t make people better, we can make them feel better and our gardens do just that! There is a myth that a Hospice is where you go to die – but we try to dispel that myth and believe that Willowbrook is a place to live. In fact, we actually discharge over 50% of our Inpatients back to their homes!

Through the North West Japanese Garden Society, we have been able to arrange a visit to the Hospice by the First Secretary to the Japanese Ambassador, Kita-san. He has kindly agreed to officially open the gardens on Thursday, 28th June.

If you would like to see more photographs of the Japanese Gardens, please click here.


15th Year Anniversary Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving

This year, Willowbrook Hospice is celebrating 15 years of providing Specialist Palliative Care to more than 5,000 patients and support to their carers, families and friends and we have arranged a service to recognize this important milestone.

Lady Kirsty Pilkington extends an invitation to everyone within the community to our 15th Anniversary Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving which is being held at 2.00 p.m. on Saturday, 14th July 2012 at the Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool. We are currently trying to contact families of patients we have cared for and former employees to invite them to the Service, although we understand people may have moved house since our contact with them. You do not need a special invitation – just come along and bring your family and friends. Please be seated in the Cathedral by 1.30 – 1.45 p.m.

Broadcaster, Martyn Lewis has very kindly offered to give the address and Kathryn Rudge, mezzo soprano, the band of the Irish Guards and pupils from De la Salle School will provide accompanying music. This should be a moving and special occasion for everyone involved.

We look forward to seeing you then!


Hospice Awarded Freedom of the Borough

On 19th April, long-serving members of staff and volunteers attended a special service at St Helens Parish Church to see Neil Wright, Chief Executive, receive the Freedom of the Borough on behalf of Willowbrook Hospice.

This is the highest honour the Borough can bestow on its local citizens and recognizes the dedication of all Willowbrook staff and volunteers in providing much-needed care to patients and support to carers and families over the last 15 years.

The service was followed by a Civic reception at the Town Hall, attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, the Mayor, the Chief Executive and Leader of the Council.

Lady Kirsty Pilkington, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Willowbrook, received the Freedom of the Borough in her own right in recognition, not only of her magnificent work for Willowbrook, but also for her involvement in, and support of, numerous local charities. As Councillor Wally Ashcroft said at the service “Lady Kirsty is a treasure!” – but everyone at Willowbrook already knows that!!!


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