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Birkdale Support Group Raise The Roof for Queenscourt Hospice!

Birkdale Support Group are hosting their fourth Big Band fundraiser for Queenscourt Hospice. The Birkdale Support Group which was formed over 30 years ago, has raised tens of thousands of pounds for the hospice year after year.

As a local charity, Queenscourt relies on the generous support of Groups such as this, in order to continue providing vital services to the people of Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.

The Group’s next fundraiser is an evening of music by Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra with the Swingshift Big Band which takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday, September 7, at Southport Little Theatre.

The Ormskirk-based, 17-piece big band was formed in 2000 and regularly plays at big band and jazz clubs around the UK. They will once again by fronted by singer Chris James for their concert in aid of Queenscourt.

“This is the fourth year the band has performed for Queenscourt,” said Margaret Mann, chairman of the Birkdale Support Group. “They are really popular and tickets are selling fast. Tickets are only £10 – we keep them reasonably priced so we can raise as much money as possible for Queenscourt.”

Raising money is something the small team of volunteers which makes up the Birkdale Support Group has excelled at over the years. “We exist to raise money for Queenscourt in the best way we can,” added Margaret. “We put on a variety of events from concerts and quiz evenings to golf days and fashion shows and even held a Downton Abbey evening at Meols Hall.”

To purchase the last few tickets for Swingshift Big Band’s concert you can call Margaret on 01704 560607 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Debbie Lawson, Queenscourt’s Corporate Services Director said: “We are deeply grateful for the fantastic support we have received from Birkdale Support Group over the last 30 years. It is down to their hard work, and that of many other supporters, that we can carry on providing our patients and their families with the best care possible, when they need us the most.”

If you are interested in learning more about Queenscourt’s Support Groups or wish to speak to us about potentially joining or setting up a group, then please contact our Fundraising Team on 01704 517420 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Former Hospice Worker Wins Queenscourt Lottery Jackpot

Here at Queenscourt Hospice we rely heavily on people’s generosity and fundraising to be able to continue to provide our essential services to the local community.

There are many ways to support our work, such as organising your own fundraising events or visiting our charity shops or our online eBay store, but one of the simplest is to sign up for our weekly Lottery.

The Lottery scheme currently has thousands of members who play every week and one of those is Dionne Owen who recently scooped the top prize and was told of her success on her birthday.

“It was a lovely surprise and a great start to the day,” said Dionne, a mum-of-three who lives in Birkdale and used to work at Queenscourt. “I don’t play the lottery to win. I play it because it’s an easy way to support the hospice, that said, winning is certainly a bonus."

“We have just moved house and we need a new kitchen so the money will come in very useful. I’d certainly encourage everyone to sign up to the Lottery – it’s an affordable way to support the hospice and there’s the chance of winning a cash windfall.”

The Queenscourt Lottery was launched on April 8th, 1994 and has since raised more than £3 million for the hospice. It has a loyal following with many of its original members still playing today.

Lottery tickets cost just £1 each and you can buy as many as you like per week, for as many weeks as you like. You can also buy tickets to give as gifts - offering friends and family the chance to win some cash.

The draw takes place every Friday, 52 weeks of the year, when a computer randomly selects 22 lottery membership numbers. As well as the £1,500 top prize, there is a second prize of £100 as well as 20 additional prizes of £20.
Winners are notified by post and all winning numbers are put on our website www.queesncourt.org.uk; on our Facebook page and are printed in The Champion newspaper.

“The Lottery provides vital funding, enabling us to continue delivering quality care and compassion to patients and their families across our local communities,” said Judith Stewart, Fundraising and Lottery Manager. “The Lottery currently boasts 8,400 members, which is amazing, but we have set our sights on enlisting our 10,000th member during this 25th anniversary year. “We are delighted that Dionne has become won of our winners and hope her success will encourage others to give it a go.”

Anyone wishing to join the scheme can do so online via the Lottery page at www.queenscourt.org.uk. Application forms are also available from any Queenscourt Hospice shop or, if you want to pay by phone, you can call our Lottery team on 01704 562715. You must be 16-years-old or over to play.

Promoter: Queenscourt Hospice Enterprises Ltd. Responsible Person: John Moffat, Queenscourt Hospice, Town Lane, Southport PR8 6RE. Tel: 01704 562715. Licensed and regulated by The Gambling Commission www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk All players must be 16 or over. Gamble responsibly www.gambleaware.co.uk. Company Registration No. 2873874. Registered Charity No. 518801.

Temporary Closure of Boxtree Kitchen

A message from our Corporate Services Director, Debra Lawson:

"We are sorry that Boxtree Kitchen is closed at present. Due to circumstances beyond her control, the Boxtree Manager had to withdraw from buying the café, but a sale process is now underway with a new buyer. Unfortunately, as with many transactions of this kind, the process is taking a little longer than either party would have hoped for. However, we anticipate that Boxtree will be trading under new ownership within a few weeks.
As some of the present team have been successful in pursuing jobs elsewhere, sadly we are unable to keep Boxtree open in the interim period.

The current Manager Yvonne, and the rest of her wonderful team of staff and volunteers, have done an excellent job over the years of establishing Boxtree as a warm, friendly and important part of the local community. We know that the new owner is very keen to retain the essential character of Boxtree.

We wish the new owner every success with Boxtree, and we hope that you will return to the café as loyal customers when it reopens.

Thanks to all of you who have supported Queenscourt via Boxtree Kitchen over the past 5 years."

Queenscourt Launches New Fundraising Pack

Queenscourt Hospice has been at the heart of the Southport, Formby and West Lancashire community for almost 30 years, providing essential support and specialist palliative care services for people with advanced and progressive, life-limiting illness.

We have only been able to continue our invaluable work thanks to our army of fundraisers and volunteers who raise the money needed to keep us going and provide hands-on support.

We are now making it even easier for our supporters to discover ways to help us with the launch of our new Fundraising Pack, which we expect to be a huge success.

The pack is full of helpful hints and tips and explains how our supporters’ hard work really does make a difference. It also offers ways of supporting Queenscourt, whether it’s through volunteering, shopping on eBay or in one of our shops, or by playing our weekly Lottery.

Danielle Jackson, Sales Manager at Debenhams Southport, is one of the many supporters now using the new Fundraising Pack and has found it a great source of help for the store’s fundraising initiatives.

She said: “The Fundraising Pack has helped enormously with our fundraising efforts at Debenhams. Having read through the information, the team and I were shocked to learn it costs £4m to run Queenscourt 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and they receive less than 20% of funding from the NHS.

“This made us want to double our fundraising efforts for the hospice and so far we have raised £754.59. Many of the staff at Debenhams have personal connections to Queenscourt and we are proud to be giving something back. Not only has the Fundraising Pack been really helpful, but the support shown by the Queenscourt Fundraising Team has been fantastic.”

Rachel Kennedy, Community Fundraiser, said: “We are so grateful to everyone who supports us at Queenscourt – without them we could not provide our essential services.

“We wanted to make it easier for people to learn how they can help us, so have put together this Fundraising Pack. If you are planning fundraising at work, your school or sports club, or maybe you have a special occasion coming up, please let me know and I will help you with plans and promotion.”

If you would like to receive a free Fundraising Pack, you can get one from our Download Area or contact the Queenscourt Hospice Fundraising Team on 01704 517 420. Alternatively, follow us on Twitter @QCHospice; Instagram @queenscourthospice and Facebook @QueenscourtHospiceSouthport.

Calling All Amateur Photographers

Queenscourt Hospice is delighted to announce the launch of a special charity calendar competition, designed to showcase the very best amateur photography talent in the local community.

The calendar will be sold to raise vital funds for the hospice and will feature a visual celebration of everything that Southport, Formby and West Lancashire has to offer – from its stunning coastline, to its vibrant towns, beautiful countryside, historic buildings and diverse wildlife.

To bring the calendar to life, the Queenscourt team is now inviting keen photographers from across the area to enter their photos into the competition. In all, 12 winning images will be selected to appear in the 2020 calendar, which will go on sale via the hospice’s shops this Autumn.

If you have a passion for photography and a knack for capturing a sense of place, Queenscourt would love to see your images. Competition judges are looking for scenic representations of Southport, Formby and West Lancashire, throughout the changing seasons, that truly encapsulate what makes those places special. The panel would like to see photos taken in Spring, Summer Autumn and Winter. As long as the images are high resolution, the interpretation is completely down to you.

This is a unique opportunity to put your photography and local area in the spotlight, while doing something to help raise funds to support Queenscourt Hospice’s essential range of services. The hospice relies heavily on community support and donations to ensure it can continue providing free, high-quality care for the people of Southport, Formby and West Lancs. Of every £1 donated to the hospice, 96p is spent on delivering and supporting direct care. Queenscourt is dedicated to caring for patients with far advanced, progressive, incurable illnesses, enabling them to achieve the best possible quality of life at each new stage.

To be in with a chance of seeing your photography feature in this very special charity calendar, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We ask that you please submit no more than four images per entry. Images must be high resolution and in jpeg format.

Winners will be selected by the judging panel when the competition closes on 22nd August 2019 and announced on the 5th September 2019.

The calendars will be available to buy from October onwards in various Queenscourt charity shops including Chapel Street, Southport; Cambridge Road, Churchtown; Wheatsheaf Walk, Ormskirk; Brows Lane, Formby; Liverpool Road, Burscough, Church Road, Tarleton and in the hospice reception area.

Local Couple Scoop Biggest Ever Queenscourt Raffle Prize

In celebration of the 25th birthday of Queenscourt’s weekly Lottery, the hospice’s summer raffle offered its biggest ever cash prize of £2,500 which has been won by Dennis Glover of Scarisbrick.

Mr Glover and his wife, Anne, have played the Lottery and entered the raffles for about five years, but never expected to win.

“This is a lovely windfall,“ said Mr Glover, a retired LGV driver. “I have never won anything before so this was a real surprise. When they called to tell me I had won, I even thought it was a hoax call until the lady said she was from Queenscourt.

“It has come at the perfect time as we are off on a cruise soon so this has given us some extra spending money. “

Mr and Mrs Glover, who have both survived cancer, are keen supporters of Queenscourt and the services it provides and will continue to play the Lottery and enter the raffles.

“It is not just about the chance of winning, it is about supporting the hospice,” said Mr Glover. “It’s such a good cause and it’s local, and it really is a good feeling when you win.

“I’d encourage anyone to get involved and buy a ticket because somebody has to win. Having gone through cancer, my wife and I have no hesitation in playing and supporting the hospice and we will continue to do so.”

The Lottery, along with the annual raffles, have raised more than £3m for Queenscourt hospice over the past 25 years. They provide vital funding that enables the hospice to continue delivering care and compassion to patients and their families across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.

Judith Stewart, Queenscourt Hospice’s Fundraising and Lottery Manager, said: “Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket for our bumper raffle, the money raised stays local and is vital to ensure we can provide specialist care and support to patients and their families.

“We are delighted that Dennis and Anne have scooped their first win with us and hope the money makes their forthcoming cruise even more enjoyable.”

The Summer Raffle may be over, but you can still support Queenscourt by playing their weekly Lottery, for only £1 . In addition to the top prize of £1,500 every week, there is a second prize of £100 and 20 other prizes of £20 each week. By joining the lottery you’ll be helping to provide Queenscourt Hospice with a regular, sustainable income which allows it to plan for the future – ensuring its specialist end of life care is available now and in the future.

Rainbows and Brownies prepare for ground-breaking Queenscourt Hospice Challenge Badge

Here at Queenscourt Hospice, we believe passionately in people of all ages being able to talk openly and honestly about death and dying and being able to to normalise conversations about end of life within our society with people of all ages.

Recently, we welcomed 1st South Mere Rainbows and 47th Southport Brownies to Queenscourt to talk to them about the invaluable services we provide at and to help them prepare for the newly launched Queenscourt Hospice Challenge Badge.

Guide Leader Jennifer Knight said: “There are several Brownies and Guides in units across the district who have had relatives supported by Queenscourt and there will be many more to come. I felt that developing the badge would be an incredibly positive thing for the Rainbows, Brownies and the hospice – helping to develop an understanding about the services provided by Queenscourt and how they support so many people across our community.

“Prior to my first visit, I had no idea of the wide range of work and support which is delivered by the hospice,” she said. “This made me even more determined to develop the badge, which will hopefully generate more awareness of the invaluable work delivered by the hospice to the Guiding community whilst also raising vital funds for Queenscourt.”

During their visit to Queenscourt, the Rainbows and Brownies met some of our staff who organised a variety of activities and interactive demonstrations including learning how the patients’ food is made and prepared as well as learning about the importance of handwashing. The Rainbows and Brownies also met our mascot Queenie and found out how she helps raise awareness of Queenscourt in the local community.

The Queenscourt Challenge badge will be available later this year, but Girlguides can look forward to taking part in lots of different activities including science investigations, therapy and gardening. Each of the activities have been designed to teach Girlguides all about Queenscourt Hospice and to help inform them about the positive difference some of the activities make to the lives of patients and families.

Rachel Kennedy, Community Fundraiser, said: “Queenscourt is committed to raising awareness of our services to all members of society – from young people to old. We are always delighted to talk to children about the role Queenscourt plays in supporting patients across our community and the new Queenscourt Challenge Badge will provide an additional platform for us to do this.”

If you would like to find out more information on ways of supporting our Community fundraising please contact Rachel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Could You Be Queenscourt Hospice’s Next Volunteer Ambassador?

Queenscourt Hospice has been at the centre of the Southport community for years, but we still need to spread the word about the diverse range of services we provide. Raising awareness of our work is vital to the continued success of our hospice and that’s why our team of Volunteer Ambassadors is so important.

Queenscourt Volunteer Ambassadors are the face of our charity. Their role includes attending events on our behalf, attending cheque presentations to collect money raised by various organisations, businesses and schools; and they can also be called upon to give presentations

We are currently recruiting new Volunteer Ambassadors to join our friendly and enthusiastic team, which includes Netty Styche who would encourage anyone with some free time to get involved.

Netty has been a volunteer at Queenscourt for seven years. She signed up after her mother-in-law had been a patient at the Hospice. “The staff were all marvellous and looked after her so well,” she said. “I came away inspired and desperately wanted to give something back.”

Netty started volunteering in the kitchen, washing dishes and making drinks for the wards. She also helps out on reception where she meets and greets patients, their families and other visitors.

In her role as Volunteer Ambassador, Netty attended last weekend’s Formby Festival, the organisers of which chose Queenscourt as one of the beneficiaries of this year’s event.

Netty was at the Queenscourt stand to hand out leaflets and sell raffle tickets. She also spent time simply talking to people about Queenscourt.

She had volunteered to help out at the festival as she has close links with Formby. Both her sons went to high school there and her mother-in-law had lived in Formby until she spent her last few weeks at Queenscourt.

“I think that just by being a friendly and local face, I was able to chat to people about Queenscourt’s work,” said Netty. “When it comes from the heart it hits home with most people as to just how incredible Queenscourt is in every way.

“I hope I was able to raise awareness of our amazing charity and all the work, love and passion that Queenscourt radiates.

“I absolutely love volunteering for Queenscourt. I come away from it with the most amazing sense of satisfaction and would encourage anyone to come and join us.”

Explaining the importance of Volunteer Ambassadors to Queenscourt Hospice, Rachel Kennedy, Community Fundraiser said, “Our Volunteer Ambassadors are invaluable. They help us spread the word and drum up support for all we do at Queenscourt by getting out and about and attending events and presentations. We’d be lost without them.

“Each of our Volunteer Ambassadors is provided with full training. We’d encourage anyone who has some spare time and fancies getting involved with such a great initiative, to get in touch.”

To learn more about becoming a Volunteer Ambassador email Rachel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Queenscourt’s Summer Raffle - Win £2,500 Our Highest Ever Cash Prize

The Queenscourt Lottery is celebrating its 25th birthday this year and to mark the milestone we are offering our biggest ever cash prize in our Summer Raffle. The Lottery, along with our Annual Raffles, have raised more than £3 million for Queenscourt Hospice over the past 25 years.They provide us with vital funding that enables the hospice to continue delivering care and compassion to patients and their families across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.

As it is the Lottery’s 25th birthday year, Queenscourt wanted to say an extra special thank-you to all of those who support us, so are offering one lucky winner the chance to scoop the £2,500 top prize in our bumper Summer Raffle. In addition there is a second prize of £250 and ten further prizes of £10.

Tickets cost just £1 but there is a limited time to buy them as the Raffle closes on Wednesday, July 18. To buy yours please call our Lottery Team on 01704 562715 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The winners will be drawn on July 25th.

“Not only are our raffles a great way to thank people for their support by giving them the chance to win great prizes, but every ticket sold helps support the vital work we do at Queenscourt,” said Judith Stewart, Fundraising and Lottery Manager. “Their kindness means we can be there when local people need us most.”

The Lottery and Annual Raffles are not only great fundraisers for the hospice, but also provide local people the chance to boost their finances. One previous lucky local winner said: “I enter the Lottery every week and also buy tickets for the Raffles so was over the moon when I won the top prize.

“It’s great to know my money is supporting the hospice in everything they do, but it’s also great to know that I also have a chance of winning some cash for myself. I’d recommend everyone give it a go.”
Queenscourt offers free hospice and home support services at the highest level of expertise to patients and families who may be spending their last days, even hours together, and our supporters’ thoughtfulness is enabling us to provide the best possible quality of life during these precious times.

Every ticket bought can help make a difference - £10 could help us prepare special meals for seriously ill patients who have difficulty eating; £25 could improve a patient’s quality of life by helping us provide them with a complementary therapy session and £50 could go towards a physiotherapy session for a patient, helping to ease discomfort and improve physical symptoms.

Closing date for return of tickets: 18th July 2019. Draw date: 25th July 2019 Promoter: Queenscourt Hospice Enterprises Ltd. Responsible Person: John Moffat, Queenscourt Hospice, Town Lane, Southport PR8 6RE. Tel: 01704 562715.

Licensed and regulated by The Gambling Commission www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk All players must be 16 or over. Gamble responsibly www.gambleaware.co.uk. Company Registration No. 2873874. Registered Charity No. 518801

Queenscourt’s Carers’ Programme Providing Support and Creating Friendships

As part of Queenscourt Hospice’s commitment to creating our own Compassionate Community, here in the North West, we have recently launched a new carers’ programme which offers support and friendship to those who devote their time to looking after others.

Compassionate Communities are created so that patients, their relatives, carers and local organisations can support one another in the face of advanced and progressive life limiting illnesses.

Our newly launched carers’ programme is in keeping with this ethos. The purpose of the new group, which welcomes carers into Queenscourt for a few hours of respite each week, is to introduce carers to each other and to help them to develop a network of support for each other.

The first week of the programme sees each carer invited to an hour-long introductory session where they meet one-to-one with a member of our nursing staff. During this time staff will assess the carer’s needs and discover what they want to get out of the programme.

Carers are given the opportunity to meet other carers and can take part in workshops with complementary health and creative therapists. Staff also work with the carers and can arrange for them to see a social worker or therapists on a one-to-one basis if required. Lunch is provided and is followed by a group relaxation session, coffee and then everyone goes home with a bouquet of flowers or something they may have created in one of the workshops they have participated in.

While they are enjoying some well-earned time off at the hospice, carers can relax in the knowledge that a member of the Queenscourt at Home team is taking care of their loved one.

During the patient assessment, the health professional may identify particular needs of the carer. These carers will then be invited to join the carers programme for additional support. There are usually only six or seven carers allocated per programme to ensure they get the full benefit of what’s on offer.

The two five-week programmes we have already delivered have proved to be a resounding success, with participants forging friendships and their own support groups as a result.

The carers’ programme is coordinated by Queenscourt Connect Sister, Cath Ainsworth, who said: “This is a new programme for us and we are getting a lot of satisfaction knowing we are providing such an invaluable service to carers.

“The feedback has been extremely positive. Coming to this programme makes people realise they are not alone and they can have support if they need it. Carers are also finding friendship. Some from the previous group have met up since and their support for each other continues.”

“This programme is a great example of how Compassionate Communities help to foster strong support networks. Whilst Queenscourt has instigated this initiative, we have found that carers continue to build relationships following attendance of the programme. Providing much needed support to each other as they look after their loved ones.”