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The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

 

 

Its fun all the way as the “Purveyors of Cool” swing into Ulverston Coronation Hall on Friday 6th July. With a sensational show featuring the greatest music of the 20th century, with wonderful memories of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Junior in a fabulous production that continues to be successful all over the world.

The great news is - it's all totally live and every song is an absolute classic - Come Fly with Me, Under My Skin, Mr Bojangles, Lady is a Tramp, That's Amore, Mack The Knife plus many more of your favourites.

With an abundance of class & style the performers take you on a trip back in time to vintage Las Vegas; hip, cool and with their timeless soiree that still remains the hottest party around.

The BBC summed up this show in just one word - "MAGNIFICENT!"

Tickets are £19. If you purchase a ticket from St Mary’s Hospice on 01229 580305 the charity will benefit from 10% commission on each ticket sold.

Don't be late - the fun starts at 7.30pm!

To see, hear and get more information about the Rat Pack, visit their website at www.ratpack.biz
 

 

Charity shops join forces in national campaign for donations

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Major national UK charities – as well as hundreds of smaller charities and local hospices – today joined forces in a drive to generate more donations for charity shops.

 

The Choose Charity Shops campaign, led by the Charity Retail Association, is being supported by St Mary’s Hospice. St Mary’s was delighted that local MP’s Tim Farron and John Woodcock were able to call at two of their shops on Friday 18th May to raise awareness and show their support for making donations to charity shops. Mr Farron was at the St Mary’s Bowness shop at 11.30am and Mr Woodcock went to the St Mary’s shop in Barrow at 3pm. (Photograph shows Mr Woodcock at the Barrow Shop).

 
Charity shop popularity is at an all time high, raising over £200 million every year for a huge range of charitable causes. They provide 180,000 volunteering opportunities, and 17,000 jobs nationwide. In addition, they re-use and recycle whatever they can, reducing UK carbon emissions by approximately 3.7 million tonnes every year.

 

However, charity shops thrive on donations of unwanted items, and many shops are facing real difficulties in getting donations through the door. The majority of people in the UK have unwanted items of clothing in their wardrobes that they aren’t using, let alone other household items such as toys or bric a brac, that could be put to use by charities.

 

Last week nearly 6,000 charity shops in the UK came together to ask members of the public to make a donation to a charity shop in their area and pledge to donate to charity shops for the coming year.

 

Events are taking place across the country to support the campaign. Ministers and MPs, including Eric Pickles, Theresa May, Danny Alexander and Hilary Benn are taking part and making a donation to their local charity shop – and charities are organising events locally to encourage more members of the public to donate.

 

Warren Alexander, Chief Executive of the Charity Retail Association commented: "Charity shops simply can’t survive without donations of items from the public to sell, and the thousands of charity shops taking part in this week’s campaign shows how big an issue this is. Donating items to a charity shop is a great way to support a good cause when people have less money to give by way of cash donations. This week, charities across the country are joining forces to ask the British public to have that clear out and take unwanted items down to their local charity shop.”

 

Zoe Guest, Funding & Operations Manager from St Mary’s Hospice, said: “St Mary's currently has 9 shops; the aim of these is to provide a regular and sustainable source of income to support our work. To us, our shops are the public face of St Mary's and bring awareness of what we do into the heart of all our communities. Donating items to a charity shop is a great way to support our cause when people have less money to give by way of cash donations. Every donation we receive helps us to help local people who need our support."

 

Ladies step out for hospice

Tuesday, May 29, 2012




753 ladies did not let the weather get them down as they donned pink clothes and bunny ears to take part in our Walk to Remember and Walk to Remember Extra on Friday 18th May. The slightly wet and chilly conditions did not dampen spirits as girl power took to the streets! 


The Walk to Remember is predicted to have raised £62000 for St Mary’s Hospice this year, which is an amazing achievement. Participants have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charity by taking part in this event since it began six years ago and we are so grateful for the support of the community.

For the first time, half of the participants started from Ulverston having left the Hospice at 8.30pm to complete 11 miles. Many women joined up with their Barrow counterparts on Abbey Road, The original seven-mile walk began at Asda Barrow, at 10pm.

Several different organisations took part and among the participants were 21 walkers from Barrow’s Barclays branch, who have entered a team of ladies into the walk every year since it started.

The bank pledged to match the walkers’ fundraising total of around £1,000 and team member Theresa Farish said staff wanted to pay tribute to St Mary’s. She said: “We all have people that have been in or needed help from the hospice at some point.”

Six members of staff from Ward Six at Furness General Hospital raised several hundreds of pounds and were in good spirits as they waited outside Asda ahead of the event.

A team from St George’s Nursing Home in Barrow also braved the wet weather to take part. Leonie White said: “With me, personally, my father passed away 18 months ago and we received care and support from the St Mary’s Hospice at Home team. We were very grateful for their help. The nurse we dealt with is actually here tonight on the pink merchandise stall, so it’s lovely to see her as well.”


A1 Cars employees Leanne Wilson, Leanne Williams and Wendy Wilson all had personal reasons for doing the walk. They raised more than £1,000 to remember relatives, friends and colleagues who have all needed the hospice at some point.

Ms Williams, whose nana Ann Harris required Hospice at Home care, said: “It’s a much-needed charity, that’s why even when people are struggling at times like this, people will always support it. Everyone knows somebody who needs the hospice at some point and you never know when you might need it.”

Zoe Guest, Funding & Operations Manager said: “On behalf of the fundraising team at St Mary’s Hospice I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who either took part, marshalled, helped with making arrangements or registration of walkers at our Walk to Remember and Walk to Remember extra. We appreciate so much all the support that we received from everyone involved and the many people who sponsored them.”

“A special thank you must go to Asda Barrow for all their support prior to the event and on the night, Lakes parade stores who provided all the mars bars for participants, BAE First Aiders, Bob Clegg , the team from Furness Peninsulas Rotary and the many other volunteers who came to help marshal at the event to keep everyone safe. Thank you also to Bay Radio and North West Evening Mail who promoted the event on our behalf and to the Mayor of Barrow and Ulverston who set the ladies off on their way. Without any of these supporters it wouldn’t have been possible. We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2013.”

 

Golfers Raise over £4400!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

St Mary's Hospice would like to thank everyone who supported their second Golf day at Ulverston Golf Club on the 16th May 2012. The grand total raised during the day was over £4400!

 

Funding & Operations Manager, Zoe Guest said, "A big thank you goes to the committee, caterers and staff at Ulverston Golf Club for hosting the event on behalf of the charity and helping throughout the day. To everyone who donated prizes for the competition winners – Bramhall Golf Club, Cumbria Crystal, Turnstone HR Consultants. And to all those companies and organisations who provided donations for the auction, sponsored a tee, provided refreshments or entered a team, we are extremely grateful for all your support. The weather was fantastic for a second year running and everyone who took part had a great day. To raise such a large sum of money is wonderful.”

 

Louise Steur, Captain of the winning ladies team sponsored by thebestofbarrowandfurness, said, "We were really lucky to have a dry, sunny day and everyone had a great time. The Hospice made over £4400 which is a fantastic amount and the organisers should be congratulated. On behalf of my team members, I'd also like to thank Helen Penny of thebestofbarrowandfurness who generously sponsored our team and a tee for the second year running."

 

The winning team on the day was Just 4 Men Captained by Brian Redhead. The team received a Tee Time for Four People for the prestigious Bramhall Golf Club.

 

It is hoped that he event could be repeated in 2013.

 

Charity Shops Join Forces in National Campaign for Donations

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Major national UK charities – as well as hundreds of smaller charities and local hospices – today joined forces in a drive to generate more donations for charity shops.

 

The Choose Charity Shops campaign, led by the Charity Retail Association, is being supported by St Mary’s Hospice. St Mary’s is delighted that local MP’s Tim Farron and John Woodcock will be calling at two of their shops on the 18th May to raise awareness and show their support for making donations to charity shops. Mr Farron will be at the St Mary’s Hospice Bowness shop at 11.30am and Mr Woodcock will be at the St Mary’s Hospice shop in Barrow at 3pm.

 

Charity shop popularity is at an all-time high, and charity shops raise over £200 million every year for a huge range of charitable causes. They provide 180,000 volunteering opportunities, and 17,000 jobs nationwide. In addition, they re-use and recycle whatever they can, reducing UK carbon emissions by approximately 3.7 million tonnes every year.

 

However, they thrive on donations of unwanted items, and many shops are facing real difficulties in getting donations through the door. The majority of people in the UK have unwanted items of clothing in their wardrobes that they aren’t using, let alone other household items such as toys or bric-a-brac, that could be put to use by charities.

 

This week nearly 6,000 charity shops in the UK are coming together to ask members of the public to make a donation to a charity shop in their area and pledge to donate to charity shops for the coming year.

 

Events are taking place across the country to support the campaign. Ministers and MPs, including Eric Pickles, Theresa May, Danny Alexander and Hilary Benn are taking part and making a donation to their local charity shop – and charities are organising events locally to encourage more members of the public to donate.

 

Warren Alexander, Chief Executive of the Charity Retail Association, said: ‘Charity shops simply can’t survive without donations of items from the public to sell, and the thousands of charity shops taking part in this week’s campaign shows how big an issue this is. Donating items to a charity shop is a great way to support a good cause when people have less money to give by way of cash donations. This week, charities across the country are joining forces to ask the British public to have that clear out and take unwanted items down to their local charity shop.”

 

Zoe Guest, Funding & Operations Manager from St Mary’s Hospice, said “St Mary's currently has 9 shops; the aim of these is to provide a regular and sustainable source of income to support our work. To us, our shops are the public face of St Mary's and bring awareness of what we do into the heart of all our communities. Donating items to a charity shop is a great way to support our cause when people have less money to give by way of cash donations. Every donation we receive helps us to help local people who need our support.”

 

NGS Gardens Open for Charity

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Every year NGS gardens across England and Wales welcome about 750,000 visitors. Most gardens which open for the NGS are privately owned and open just a few times each year. Some gardens open as part of a group with the whole community involved. The NGS tradition of opening gardens of quality, character and interest is supported by their Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales.

Of the money raised at the open gardens the NGS currently give away more than £2.5 million each year to nursing, caring and gardening charities and they have given more than £25 million in the last 15 years. Most of the work at the NGS is carried out by volunteers and so currently more than 80p in every £1 raised at garden openings goes directly to their beneficiaries. St Mary’s Hospice is grateful to be one of those nominated charities.

Moira and Kirsty Rowlenson are the owners of Field Head, Outgate, Ambleside, LA22 0PY, and they would like you to join them for their first time opening with the NGS on Saturday 19th May. From noon until 4pm guests are welcome to enjoy the superb garden of Field Head, accompanied by teas, cakes and the opportunity to purchase plants, for a small entrance fee that will be donated to St Mary’s Hospice.

Please note that this event was advertised to take place on Sunday 20th May, but due to limited road access because of the Brathy Marathon, the event will now take place on Saturday 19th May. Parking will be available.

For information about visiting other open gardens in your area visit http://www.ngs.org.uk/

 

Cabaret Night is an Amazing Success!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

On Friday 27th April, St Mary’s Hospice hosted a Cabaret Night at Ulverston Sports and Social Club. The evening commenced at 7.30pm with well known local entertainer, Brian Judge and his Swing Band. DJ Billy then entertained the audience to get them warmed up ready for the main performance - Lareena the UKs No. 1 Adele Tribute Act.

Lareena is a perfect tribute to the award winning and outstanding Adele. She has played at many high profile functions including Sir Alex Ferguson son's Wedding and Manchester United's Celebration parties amongst many others. Lareena is a real professional artist who has a natural talent for an Adele Tribute Show and we were delighted that she came to Ulverston to support our charity.

The event was sold out. And we are pleased to say that we raised £1400.

We would like to thank the team at the Ulverston Sports & Social Club, DJ Billy, Brian Judge, the Bob In café and all who helped to support the evening and make it such a success.

 

The Vintage Village Hall Goes Down a Treat!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

We were absolutely delighted to see so many people at our first Vintage Village Hall event at Greenodd Village Hall on Sunday 29th April.

 

The venue was bustling from 10am until 4pm as people came to see amazing exhibitors offering vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery and home wares from the 1930s – 1970s. A special stall from the St Mary’s Hospice retail chain was also a feature.

 

Over 400 people enjoyed Tea Time 1940s style! The Vintage Tea Room offered the most fabulous cakes you will have seen this decade! Guests were able to step back in time to sip tea whilst appreciating the beauty of vintage china.

 

We were so grateful to be able to work with the team from the Vintage Village Hall and their famous pop up fair and tea room. We are delighted to announce that £1055 was raised on the day for St Mary’s.  

 


  • CQC Approved
  • Reaching Out Campaign
    • Reaching Out Campaign
      • The Evening Mail are Reaching Out to help St Mary’s. Help them hit the target of £70,000 to replace the ageing fleet of hospice vehicles used to get out into the community.  


         

    • Fundraising Events 2013
      • The fundraising team are getting really excited about the launch of our Bakeathon. Come along and join us for an afternoon of baking and craft demonstrations for adults and children alike.