Friends of Willen Hospice

Who are the Friends of Willen Hospice?

Friends of Willen Hospice

The Friends are a group of enthusiastic volunteers, from all walks of life, whose aim is to raise enough money each year to meet all the care and other costs associated with providing one Hospice bed, and buy much needed equipment.

Whether you’re working full time, part time or retired, at college or sixth form, the Friends  need your help!

The Friends raise funds in lots of different ways and since launching in 1981 have raised over £2 million to support the care at Willen Hospice.

The Friends  Annual General Meeting took place Thursday 23 June 2016.

View a copy of the Chairman's Report here.

How you can help the Friends of Willen Hospice

  • Volunteer at one of the many Friends events

  • Join the Friends on their friendly committee

  • Become a member of the Friends for just £15 per year. As a member of the Friends of Willen Hospice you will be entitled to attend the AGM and stand for election to the committee if there is a vacancy, receive copies of newsletters with information about the Hospice, forthcoming events and receive an up-dated report of fundraising efforts.

  • Organise your own event for the Friends


We’ve made it - £2million!

Friends of Willen Hospice

On 22 September 2016 the Friends presented the Hospice with a cheque for £10,000 bring our total contribution to £2million. It took 23 years to raise the first £1,000,000; surprisingly in difficult economic times it has taken nearly half that time just 12 years.  A big thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years.  We rely on the support and help of a great many local people and organisations.

The Big Sing! Newport Pagnell Parish Church, October 2016
The Newport Pagnell Singers annual concert in aid of the Friends was, as usual, a sell-out event.  The Singers were joined by the Cranfield based choir Sounds Familiar and by No Strings Attached, a quintet of young local brass players.  It was an evening for all musical tastes which included songs from musicals and well known numbers such as Blue Moon, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Pink Panther and Bring Me Sunshine.

The evening raised an amazing £1,160. Our thanks to all who took part and to the Friends volunteers who manned front of house.

New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance at Windmill Hill Golf Centre
Another successful and enjoyable event organised by John and Rose Kembery.  The grand total raised was £3,000.

MK Community Car Raffle
Thank you to all who sold tickets on behalf of the Friends.  The winning ticket will be drawn at MK Dons Stadium on 25 February and the winner will be presented with the car at a reception in mid-March.

Friends Raffle raises £1,542
The winning tickets were drawn on Thursday 22 September by Dawn Clark, Fundraising Manager. The raffle, the first organised by the Friends for some time, was led Amy Dennis a member of the Friends committee.  You can view the winning tickets here.

Our thanks to everyone who supported the raffle and to all the local companies who donated the prizes.

Strutting Stars Line Dancers
Strutting Stars Line Dancers

Dancing for Willen
On Saturday 9 July the Strutting Stars Line Dancers led by Jan Cade held a sponsored 12 hour dance marathon in aid of Willen Hospice and raised a magnificent £5,348. The dancers completed their marathon with a well deserved bacon butte breakfast and reportedly no sore feet.  Our thanks to Jan and everyone who took part and for their continued support of the Friends.

Bucket Collections

Our thanks to all who helped at the bucket collections in Wolverton, Buckingham, Kingston and Bletchley during 2016. The total raised was £9,156.51!

Dates for your diary

  • Newport Pagnell Carnival and Parade Saturday 8th July – the Friends will be walking in the parade and manning a stall at the field

  • Friends AGM, Thursday June 15th 2017  Will be held at 7.30pm in the Wellbeing Centre, Willen Hospice.   All members and helpers of the Friends are invited to attend

  • Sherington Auction 15 July at 7pm at the White Hart, Gun Lane, Sherington. All donated items will be auctioned by Neil Bowditch to raise funds for the Friends of Willen Hospice. Items to be auctioned should be taken to the White Hart by 6.30pm on the evening of the auction which is organized, as usual, by Philip Smith.

  • Annual Newport Pagnell Singers Concert will be held on Saturday 14 October to coincide with World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. It will commence at 7.30pm in Newport Pagnell Parish Church.  The Newport Pagnell Singers will be joined by The Reluctants, an acapella choir from the OU and members of the Wolverton Gilbert & Sullivan Society

  • Charity Fashion Show 21 October - at Stoke Hammond Community Centre MK17 9DB, 7.30pm.  Tickets including a welcome drink £10.  Available from Amy, tel: 07393 309709

    The evening will include clothes from M & S, White Stuff, Wallis, Evans, Planet, Next and many, many more well known brands in sizes 6 – 30. Items can be purchased on the night at up to 75% off.  All proceeds to the Friends of Willen Hospice.

Fundraising Activities

Calling all online shoppers – you can raise funds for Willen when doing your on-line shopping.  Instead of going direct to your retailer first register on  with your email  address and a password and select the Friends of Willen Hospice as your good cause.

When you decide to shop go to first and then select your retailer, e.g. Amazon, Argos, Debenhams, John Lewis/Waitrose etc); you will be transferred to their web site where you shop as usual.  The retailer will give a percentage of your purchase to the Friends.

Friends Summer Raffle – the raffle was launched at the beginning of July and will be drawn on 22 September.  If you would like to take books please email or phone Liz on 07891 280904.  Tickets are £1 each; there are 5 tickets in each book.  A fantastic number of prizes.

Collecting Tins

The collecting tins placed in shops, offices, pubs and cafes are an important way of raising funds.  Between April and December 2016 the total raised from the tins came to £19,476.81.

We need volunteers who are willing to take responsibility for looking after a few tins in their area, i.e. making sure that existing tins are regularly changed and replaced and full ones returned to the Friends Treasurer.  And also place new tins.

Are you able to help?  Contact Liz, tel: 07891 280904 or email

Get in Touch

You can get in touch with the Friends on 01908 617307 or email


Handy Resources

Download the Friends of Willen Hospice leaflet

Download the membership registration/renewal form. Please send completed form to Pat Kirk, Friends of Willen Hospice, c/o Willen Hospice, Milton Road, Willen Village, Milton Keynes,  MK15 9AB

You can follow the Friends on Facebook for all their lastest news

Download the latest Friends of Willen Hospice Newsletter

Download the Friends of Willen Hospice Chaiman's Report 2015/16

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