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.


Annual General Meeting was held on 15 June 2017 at Willen Hospice. 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


In December 2017, the Friends handed a cheque for £20k to Willen Hospice. Read the full press release here.

Friends hand a cheque for 20k to Willen Hospice in Dec 17

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.

Sherington Auction - As in previous years the auction proved a very successful and enjoyable evening raising £1,300.  Our thanks to Philip Smith, the instigator of the auction and for his tireless work to organise the event.  Also thank you to the auctioneer Neil Bowditch, all the helpers and the White Hart where the event is held each year.

Newport Pagnell Carnival  - The sun shone and the people of Newport were as usual very generous.  Our seven walkers in the Parade collected over £600 and the tombola another £200.  Our thanks to everyone who helped.

Collections - The continued generosity and support of the people of Milton Keyne, was demonstrated  by our recent bucket collections at Tesco stores in Wolverton and Bletchley which raised over £2,500. 

And we’ve been to the Dogs!  - The Friends were invited to collect at a Saturday evening Greyhound meeting at Towcester Race Course whichraised over £300. Again thank you to all who helped.

Buckingham Tesco

Thank you Buckingham

Recently our chairman, Liz Sparham presented Tesco Express shift manager, Martin Brooksbank with a certificate in recognition of the £4,178.10 raised by customers. In addition, the local BP Garage has so far raised over £1,500 and the annual street collection and regular bucket collections at Tesco and Aldi supermarkets have always been well supported, with recent collections raising over the £1,200.

Our thanks to Sue Russell and her helpers who liaise with the shops and stand out in all weathers with collecting buckets. 

Bucket Collections

The last bucket collections for 2017 were held on 14 & 15 December at Tesco, Wolverton.  At this time of the year a special thank you to everyone who helped and to Treasurer, Pat Kirk who undertook all the organisation involved.

During October the collections at Kingston and Buckingham raised over £1,300.

Other Successful Events

  • The Big Sing! Newport Pagnell Parish Church 14 October was organised by the Newport Pagnell Singers and held in the Parish Church. In addition to the Singers the audience were entertained by the Wolverton Gilbert & Sullivan Society and The Reluctants. To the delight of everyone present the concert was attended by Paul Hinson, retiring CEO of the Hospice and Newport Pagnell Mayor, Councillor Derek Eastman who is also an ambassador for Willen.

    As usual the evening was incredibly enjoyable and a major fund raising event. Our thanks to the Newport Singers who for many years have supported the Hospice and to all the musicians who took part.

  • Charity Fashion Show 21 October - held in Stoke Hammond Community Hall and organised by Friends Committee Member, Amy Dennis.  A wide range of outfits from casual to the essential little black dress were presented by the models and available for the capacity audience to purchase at considerably reduced prices at the end of the show. The evening, including a raffle raised over £900. Our thanks to Amy and all the models for an enjoyable evening.

  • MK Community Car Raffle Dec 2017 - The car raffle is part of our annual fund raising and we sold tickets at the car, a VW Polo, which was situated outside of Next during December.

In 2016 we raised over £900 for Willen Hospice. We await news on the amount raised in 2017!

Win this car!

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.

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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