Hospice Raises Spirits

Radio Clatterbridge listeners have heard how an inadvertent appeal on social media has lead to a local charity being inundated with alcohol.

Drinks donations have been pouring in to Wirral Hospice St John's after an old request re-emerged on Facebook.

Fully stocked - The drinks trolley (Credit: Wirral Hospice St John's)

Teresa Nightingale, head of fundraising, told presenter Ian Grant how they were taken by surprise when thousands of bottles started arriving at the Clatterbridge site.

She said people began dropping off wine, spirits and beer after a post from about two years ago reappered via the Facebook Memories feature.

Supporters began liking it and sharing it over other networking sites like Twitter.

"We could probably open our own off licence we’ve had that many bottles." - Teresa Nightingale, Wirral Hospice St John's

Some of the drinks donated to the charity (Credit: Wirral Hospice St John's)

The hospice is not complaining, however.

As with the original appeal, the donations are being used to stock up patient trolleys on the inpatient and outpatient day therapy units - although it's not a party atmosphere.

"It's for our patients to have a little tipple to help their meals go down. It helps relax them. We're not a hospital so it's just to make people feel a bit more of home life." - Teresa Nightingale, Wirral Hospice St John's

Listeners heard how staff at the Asda store in Woodchurch rallied together to add to the donations.

Colleagues Noleen and Steph came into the studio to hand over the bottles.

Noleen and Steph with their bottles for patients

Teresa says they have been overwhelmed by the donations including brandy, gin and Irish cream.

Any that are unsuitable and can't be added to the trolleys will be raffled to raise money for the charity.

 

Meanwhile, the hospice is also promoting it's annual Light Up A Life appeal.

Lights are available to sponsor in memory of loved ones while also supporting St John's.

Phone 0151 343 0778 or go to the charity's website for more details.

Last year's Light Up A Life (Credit: Wirral Hospice St John's)

Around 3,000 people are expected to attend the switch-on on Sunday 6th December 2015.

The service will also be broadcast on Radio Clatterbridge 1386AM.


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