Woodlands Hospice receives donation of £21,165 thanks to efforts of Aintree store staff

WOODLANDS Hospice has received a donation of £21,165 as a result of having been adopted as 2016/2017 Charity of the Year at the Marks and Spencer Aintree Store.

This money was raised in store through various fundraising activities organised by the staff at the store including sponsored mountain climbs, raffles etc. along with bag packs undertaken by Hospice volunteers.

Christine Peach, Corporate & Community Fundraising manager at Woodlands Hospice said: “2016/17 has been an incredible year of fundraising for the Hospice and we are thrilled to have had such support from Marks and Spencer staff, their very generous customers and our own volunteers.”

A spokesman for Woodlands Hospice said: “Corporate Charity of the Year adoptions has many benefits to the organization and the Hospice and we very much welcome the opportunity to work with companies through such a partnership.”

If you would like to consider supporting Woodlands Hospice in 2017/18 contact Christine Peach directly on 0151 529 8117.

Volunteers needed to reach for the stars for Queenscourt Hospice!

VOLUNTEERS are needed for the upcoming 2017 Queenscourt Hospice Star Trekk walk.

Every year hundreds of people join in the Star Trekk and take to the streets of Southport to raise much needed funds for Queenscourt Hospice.

This is only possible thanks to a team of volunteers.

For this year’s event, on Friday, May 19, the hospice are in need of volunteer stewards who can help them marshal the seven mile route throughout the night.

A spokesperson for Queenscourt Hospice said: “Our stewards play a really important role at Star Trekk.

“As well as ensuring our walkers stay safe and well, they also help to create the great atmosphere and provide much needed encouragement along the route.

“They are also on hand to offer important information for walkers about facilities etc, which will all be provided.

“If this is something you think you’d like to help with then we’d love to hear from you!

“The walk starts and finishes at Southport Pleasureland, at the slightly earlier time this year of 8.30pm.

“The route travels along the old Coastal Road, where it turns left on to Weld Road and continues through to Birkdale Village.

“Birkdale Village Traders are kindly supporting Star Trekk, with many traders opening up late and the village will be decorated with balloons and bows, making it look even more wonderful and helping to encourage our walkers along the way!

“After the village we will continue along Liverpool Road before turning left up Clifford Road and Lyndurst Road.

“We take a left on to Guildford Road, along to Town Lane and head past Christ the King School, Dobbies, Southport Hospital and Queenscourt Hospice.

“At Queenscourt Hospice the Lights of Love in our beautiful trees will be turned on for this special night, shining out to welcome all our participants and spur them on for the second half of the walk.

“At the main Kew roundabout, we will turn left onto Scarisbrick New Road and continue straight on up to Lord Street.  Here we will head left and take a right hand turn up Coronation Walk before heading to the finish line at Pleasureland.

“There is a great party atmosphere with our walkers dressing up, wearing tiaras, sparkly cowboy hats and flashing bunny ears etc… our stewards are key to making it as fun as possible and cheering the walkers along the way, so they are of course welcome to join in with the dressing up!

“We would also love it if any residents or businesses along the route would be kind enough to step out and give our walkers a cheer as they go past!

“Last year the 1139 people who joined in with Star Trekk managed to raise an incredible £87,000 which all went to benefit the local people being cared for by Queenscourt Hospice.”

If you are interested in volunteering as a marshal, contact the fundraising office on 01704 517420 or e-mail fundraising@queenscourt.org.uk.

Game on for 24 hour charity marathon as Southport gamers raise funds for Claire House

A GROUP of kind-hearted video gamers took over a Southport hotel for a twenty-four-hour gaming spree for Claire House Children’s Hospice.

Four gamers, led by Southport man Cori Rimmer, grabbed their joysticks and set about their mammoth fundraising challenge at the Prince of Wales Hotel – helping to raise over £500 in the process for Claire House.

They were supported by a number of local businesses including Edinburgh Woolen Mill, Papa John’s and Avon.

Speaking to the Champion, organiser Cori said: “The fundraiser itself attracted a brilliant turnout!

“We had four gamers including my friends Ryan, Luke and Michael – it was just a gamers paradise!

“We were constantly gaming for the full 24 hours and we survived on fizzy drinks to keep us going.

“We played a different variety of games to keep us busy throughout the time we were there and I found myself  jumping from game station to game station every so often!

“Hopefully our final total surpasses £500 and there is already talk of turning this into an annual event – each year we want to make this even bigger and better!

“I’d like to say a big thank you to all that turned up and gamed – it was a long hard night but we did it and aced it!

“I wanted to raise money for Claire house as it’s such a great charity and they do amazing work for children and young adults.”