Wirral Chamber of Commerce members have chosen Wirral Hospice St John’s as its 2018-19 charity of the year.
Wirral Hospice St John’s was a popular choice from a shortlist of 37 organisations when Wirral Chamber asked its membership to vote from a final 3 entries, for which charity would be supported over the following twelve months through events and fundraising activities.
Founded in 1983, Clatterbridge based, Wirral Hospice St John’s offers free care and comfort to those with incurable conditions nearing the end of their lives. As well as caring for patients, it provides support for carers and loved ones – with a simple, but effective message, that families are at the heart of everything it does.
Paula Basnett, CEO, Wirral Chamber of Commerce, said, “We are delighted in being able to support such a deserving charity in Wirral Hospice St John’s. It is difficult to put into words the massive impact it makes in peoples lives, particularly at such distressing times, but the dedication of its staff and the comfort it brings to families from far and wide is exceptional. Last year we raised over £7,000 for Autism Together, and over the next twelve months we want to build on the amazing generosity of our members by asking them to help as much as they can.”
She added, “We are keen to further our relationship with Wirral Hospice St John’s and work together to help achieve their objectives through support and fundraising. I know our members who voted for this fantastic charity will want to help and it will not only be about raising funds, but our members offering expert advice or simply and getting involved where they can. There are many possibilities.”
Wirral Hospice St John’s is an adult hospice that caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses including cancer, heart, liver and kidney disease, respiratory and neurological conditions. The majority of its income is through donations made by individuals, community groups, local companies and charitable trusts. Every penny it receives can make a real difference to the specialist care it provides to patients and their families.
Helen Knight, CEO of Wirral Hospice St John’s commented, ‘I am delighted that Wirral Hospice St John’s has been chosen to be Wirral Chamber of Commerce’s charity of the year. It’s an exciting opportunity to raise much more awareness about the hospice’s special care. Our association with Wirral Chamber undoubtedly help in reaching out to more people who may need to access our support. We are looking forward to a year of new challenges and positively working in partnership with Wirral Chamber of Commerce.”