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Linda organises 80s disco in memory of sister Janette

Local woman Linda Crooks is holding a retro 80s disco on 12 November in aid of Willowbrook Hospice in memory of her much-missed sister Janette Rigby (nee Bradbury).

Janette spent 5 weeks at the hospice before losing her brave battle against stomach cancer in August this year.

Linda says: “Janette and I were very close – we were like best friends and were always together… so much so that people used to joke that we were ‘joined at the hip’! It was early in 2015 when she was diagnosed and although she did have an operation to try to insert 2 stents, the procedure sadly didn’t work and there was nothing more that the doctors could do to prevent the disease from spreading.”

“Janette’s husband Mike was cared for at Willowbrook 5 years ago so she knew how wonderful the team at the hospice were. When the time came, it was her decision to be treated there and thankfully she was. I can’t thank Willowbrook enough for everything they did for both Janette and Mike – it’s an amazing place. Janette used to love the 80s so the disco is my way of celebrating her life as well as helping to raise funds for the hospice so that they can continue to care for other local people and their families.”

The 80s disco starts at 8pm at the Unison Sports and Social Club (former Nalgo), Bishop Road, St Helens with tickets costing £3 each. Fancy dress is optional although prizes will be given for the top 3 best dressed guests. For tickets, please contact Linda on 07900 223822.

Bag a bargain at Hospice car boot

Willowbrook Hospice is holding a car boot sale to help raise part of the £4m a year it needs to maintain its services.

A registered charity, Willowbrook Hospice provides end of life care for adults, their carers and families from St Helens and Knowsley. All the services are provided free of charge with the majority of its funding raised through charitable donations and fundraising events.

The car boot sale will be held at Willowbrook - The Living Well Borough Road, St Helens WA10 3RN on Saturday 17 September from 9am-12noon with over 40 pitches offering a wide range of pre-loved goods from clothes and books to soft furnishings and bric-a-brac. Car parking will be available at the nearby Alexandra Park (former Pilkington’s Head Office) with disabled parking at The Living Well.

Inspirational young people raise funds for charity

Five local youngsters from Haresfinch recently demonstrated their entrepreneurial skills by raising over £220 for charity at their annual ‘Snack Shack’ event.

The Snack Shack is the brain child of Ellie Morris (12) who began fundraising after her mum, Angela was treated for breast cancer in July 2012.

Angela says: “One day Ellie just mentioned that she’d like to do some fundraising to help people like us who had gone through a difficult time.  So she got together with her friends - Sophie and Sam Thompson and Jacob and Finlay Sowler – and the ‘Snack Shack’ was created. I’m so proud of all them!  They organise everything themselves but all the neighbours get involved on the day and there’s a fabulous feeling of community spirit.”

Over the years, the event has grown and grown with a range of stalls spread over Finchley Drive, Haresfinch offering everything from hot and cold food to cakes, sweets and even plants, raising hundreds of pounds for charity.

Each year the ’Snack Shackers’ chose two different charities with this year’s beneficiaries being Willowbrook Hospice and Macmillan at the Burney Breast Unit, St Helens Hospital.

Emily Naylor, Community Fundraiser at Willowbrook Hospice says: “On behalf of Willowbrook I’d like to says a HUGE thank you to the ‘Snack Shackers’. They’re an inspirational group of young people and we can’t thank them enough for supporting Willowbrook with this year’s fundraising.”

Volunteers needed to support new hospice services

Willowbrook Hospice is on the lookout for volunteers for some of its newest hospice services. As part of its new Outreach Service at Home, Willowbrook is looking for volunteers who can offer rehabilitation support to patients in their own community. With full training provided, volunteers will be working as part of a small team to enable people with life-limiting illnesses to help themselves in managing their conditions. The hospice is also looking for volunteers to help develop its new holistic support service which will be based at Willowbrook’s new Living Well building on Borough Road, St Helens. There is a variety of roles available from helping to provide basic practical support for relaxation to developing creative activities to help improve individuals’ wellbeing.                                                                                                                                                                                           

Ian Turnbull, Volunteer Co-ordinator, said: "This is a really exciting time to join us as a volunteer as we extend the services we provide.”                                                                                                  

"Volunteering gives people the chance to learn new skills, make new friendships as well as work as part of a team to support people in their local community."                                                                                                                                                           

For more information visit www.willowbrook.org.uk/volunteer or contact Pat Bennett on 01744 646809 or e-mail patb@willowbrookhospice.org.uk for an application pack.                                                                                                                                                     

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.”

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