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Celebrating Compassion and Caring

One thing the Coronavirus pandemic has shown us all is that now, more than ever, we need to support each other by showing care and compassion to those who need it most – be they family members, friends, neighbours or colleagues.

Queenscourt has care and compassion at the heart of everything we do, and to show our support of those helping others, #teamqueenscourt has launched our Compassionate Communities Campaign, which aims to shine a light on those who are going above and beyond in this time of national crisis. This is consistent with the core message within Queenscourt’s Compassionate Communities Manifesto, about providing care and compassion for those people around us when they need it the most.

The philosophy and practice of Compassionate Communities, where attention is given to the needs and well-being of others, has never been more relevant as we strive to support one another in these unprecedented times.

Queenscourt is therefore inviting members of the wider community to share examples of how they are supporting family members, friends, colleagues and neighbours and clearly demonstrating that Compassionate Communities are thriving, at this most challenging of times. The testimonials and stories we’ve received are featured here, hopefully inspiring others to show kindness, care and compassion in equal measure.

We would also ask you to tell us about others who have shown acts of compassion, for example by ensuring elderly community members have all that they need, by helping deliver essential medicines or food or by making regular telephone calls to check on someone’s wellbeing.

Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 01704 517420 to share your stories of compassion and kindness.

John and Stuart Clock Up The Miles

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Cycling buddies John O’Neill and Stuart Dundas, who are both volunteers at Queenscourt, have just completed a mammoth challenge which has so far raised over £1,600 in memory of their friend Paul Quirk.

Unable to continue with their volunteering duties because of Covid-19 restrictions, the pair decided to take part in the 2.6 Challenge and hit upon the idea of cycling 26 miles a day for 26 days.

Read more: John and Stuart Clock Up The Miles

Yvonne's Rainbows

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When Yvonne Hornblow found herself with some unexpected time on her hands, she decided to learn a new skill and put it to good use raising money for Queenscourt.

Yvonne, a therapy assistant and part of the Queenscourt at Home team, taught herself to crochet using online tutorials and then set about creating rainbows which she offered for sale on Facebook in return for donations to Queenscourt.

Read more: Yvonne's Rainbows

Horner Sisters' 10k

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Three sisters who were overwhelmed by the wonderful care that their father received at Queenscourt Hospice, organised their very own Star Trekk 10K walk and have already raised over £1,000.

Queenscourt’s annual Star Trekk night walk had been due to take place on May 1 but was stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Read more: Horner Sisters' 10k

Edge Hill University Partnership

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An exciting collaborative partnership, between Queenscourt Hospice Southport and Edge Hill University, has seen the creation of an original and inspiring programme for front line health care professionals, aiming to equip them to provide the best possible evidence based palliative and end of life care.

This developing Master’s level programme, Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care, is currently undergoing validation, and the Postgraduate Certificate which preceded it, saw its first intake of students in September 2019.

Read more: Edge Hill University Partnership

Laura and Ross Loveday

QC Blog images Laura RossAfter hearing about Queenscourt’s desperate need for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), Laura Loveday leapt into action and called on friends in China to help her source face masks and launched a crowdfunding appeal to pay for them.

It wasn’t long before 1,000 masks had arrived and more than £1,500 had been raised by friends, family and complete strangers wanting to support Queenscourt.

Read more: Laura and Ross Loveday

Niall Carroll

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Niall Carroll was so desperate to thank Queenscourt for all the support his mum has received over the past year that he took on his own 2.6 Challenge which has so far raised over £1,300.

The 11-year-old St Bede’s School pupil cycled 2.6 miles, ran 2.6km, did 26 star jumps, 26 sit-ups, 260 stepper steps, held the plank for 2.6 minutes and shot 26 baskets – all in two sessions on Sunday.

Read more: Niall Carroll

Dan and Tess

QC Blog images Dan TessTess the Labrador put her nose to good use raising money for Queenscourt when she took part in her very own 2.6 Challenge.

Two-year-old Tess is owned by Dan and Sandra Gordon and is training to be a sniffer dog. When Dan, who has been a volunteer maintenance worker at Queenscourt for over five years, heard about the 2.6 Challenge he decided to put Tess, and her nose, to work.

Read more: Dan and Tess

Mandy and Steve

2020 04 22 mandyAs the on-going Coronavirus pandemic continues to have a huge impact on Queenscourt’s fundraising abilities, we are so grateful to all those who have made donations and are still finding ways to support us financially.

One such person is our very own Mandy Watson, Queenscourt At Home’s administration coordinator, who has donated the £20 she would normally spend on having her nails done, to us.

Read more: Mandy and Steve

Sharon Guinnane

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Self-confessed chocaholic Sharon Guinnane has given up her favourite guilty pleasure as she prepares to have her head shaved – and she’s doing it all to raise money for Queenscourt.

On May 15 Sharon will undergo a drastic transformation when she loses her shoulder-length locks for charity and in addition, has decided to abstain from chocolate in the run-up to the big event in a bid to gain a clearer complexion.

Read more: Sharon Guinnane

Holy Family School

2020 04 21 holy familyPupils from Holy Family Catholic Primary School have been proving they know exactly what it means to be part of a Compassionate Community by putting their creative skills to good use.

The children have kindly sent Queenscourt a mixture of cards and letters for us to read out to our patients to cheer them up after so thoughtfully recognising that the patients may not be able to receive many visitors during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Read more: Holy Family School

Queenscourt Hospice Challenge Badge

2020 04 20 guides badgeLast year Girl Guide, Brownie and Rainbow units from across the community answered the call to get involved with the newly launched Queenscourt Hospice Challenge Badge.

Among other things, the badge teaches the girls how to become valuable members of a Compassionate Community and how their actions can help others – a message never so important as now.

Read more: Queenscourt Hospice Challenge Badge


2020 04 17 ebayWith all of our shops temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have moved our entire Queenscourt retail offering online where bargains galore can be found on our eBay site.

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Gamer Kurt

2020 04 17 Kurt Bromley and sonKurt Bromley is preparing to spend 12 hours of his time in lockdown raising money for Queenscourt by playing one of his favourite games and live streaming his efforts. Kurt’s ‘Streamathon’ will take place between 8am and 8pm on Sunday, April 19, and will see him attempt to complete the action adventure game “Uncharted 4” within 12 hours. All the action can be watched here: http://twitch.tv/gamer_dad20

Read more: Gamer Kurt

Raising a Toast to Queenscourt!

2020 04 09 John CaddyDuring these difficult times, Queenscourt is hoping to inspire new and creative ways to raise much-needed funds for our hospice.

As a result of Coronavirus, we have taken the unprecedented step of closing all our shops and postponing key fundraising initiatives that would normally take place over the next few months, including Make A Will month and Star Trekk, our night walk.

Read more: Raising a Toast to Queenscourt!

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