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Friends of Willen Hospice

Who are the Friends of Willen Hospice?

The Friends are a group of enthusiastic volunteers from all walks of life, whose aim is to raise enough as much money as possible to support the work of Willen Hospice.

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.

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.

  • In particular we need some taller, stronger (younger?) volunteers to help us raise and lower our gazebo at the various outdoor events we attend. You would not need to stay all day, nor be present at every event, but help would be greatly appreciated.

  • If you know of or are organizing a fete, car boot or similar at which a Friends stall would be welcome, please contact us (see below)

  • 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

Newport Pagnell Singers - Charity of the Year

We are delighted to report that the Newport Pagnell Singers have chosen the Friends of Willen as their Charity for 2018. They have already hosted three fundraising concerts, with a fourth coming up on 8 December: The Christmas Concert at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Newport Pagnell.

Our thanks to the singers who have supported the Friends for the past eight years. Tickets are available from Cambourne Travel, Newport Pagnell High Street or from the Wilson’s, the hardware store in Olney High Street.

Regular Supporters

Another great supporter of the Friends is the Beehive in Deanshanger, which raises money through a regular Meat Auction. Our Chairman Liz Sparham and Committee member Elaine Dods visited recently to present the fundraisers with a certificate of thanks. They have raised an amazing £32,438.58 to date. Well done to all involved and please keep up the good work. Thank you!

Recent Activities

Newport Pagnell Carnival

The sun shone and the people of Newport were as usual very generous and we raised just shy of £500 from the Parade collection and the Tombola at our stall on the field. Our thanks to everyone who helpedSherington Auction

Sherington Auction

Held at the White Hart Sherington, this is an annual event organised by Philip Smith and last year raised £1,300. This year on 21 July it was an even bigger success, raising £1,500.69 for the Friends. Many thanks to Philip Smith and his family, The White Hart and everyone else who contributed to the evening.

Cosgrove Craft Fayre

What a fantastic weekend at Cosgrove Craft Fayre (August 18th-19th). We were welcomed by the ladies who organized the event and looked after with tea & coffee. We made £349.15 on our stall. Thank you to everyone who popped over to see us, or purchased or donated.

Bucket Collections

In the last financial year buckets collections raised almost £10,000. We have a number in the pipeline for this year and if you can spare an hour or two to help out sometime it would be very much appreciated and it can be very rewarding! Thanks to Tesco, their customers and all those volunteers who made this possible.

  • In April (26-27) the bucket collection at Tesco Bletchley store raised a total of £1,242.70. 

  • In May (18-19) the Bucket Collection at Buckingham’s Tesco Store raised a magnificent £1,384,37.

  • June 15th saw our volunteers at Tesco Wolverton, raising another £806.31.

Forthcoming Events


  • Friday 28 September: Bucket collection at Tesco Kingston.

  • Saturday 29 September: Street collection in Buckingham

  • Wednesday 24 October: Creative Gift Wrapping. This is a new venture for us. For more details please see our poster.

  • Friday 9 November: Quiz Night at Newport Pagnell Working Mens Club (Details to follow)

  • Saturday 24 November: Newport Christmas Lights Switch On. We will have a stall on the High Street with a Tombola and a Christmas Hamper Raffle plus a table in the Brooklands centre selling a variety of goods.

  • Saturday 1 December: Stony Stratford Lights. We will have a Tombola stall and another Christmas Hamper to Raffle.

  • Saturday 8 December: Newport Pagnell Singers, Christmas Concert (See above)

  • Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 December: Bucket Collection at Tesco Buckingham

If you can help in any way with any of the above events please contact Liz (see below)

Grand New Year's Eve Party

Monday 31st December; To round off the year there is a Grand New Year’s Eve Party. Black Tie and Sparkles at the Windmill Golf Club, Tattenhoe Lane, MK3 7RB Entrance by ticket only - £30 each This includes Live Entertainment and Buffet There will also be a Big Prize Raffle. All proceeds of the event will go to the Friends of Willen Hospice. For Tickets and enquiries please contact John Kembery 07941 693173

Ongoing Fundraising Activities


Easy Fundraising
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 easyfundraising.org.uk  with your email address and a password. Select the Friends of Willen Hospice as your good cause. When you decide to shop go to easyfundraising.org.uk 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.  In the year April 2017 to March 2018 the total raised from the tins came to £25,158.55.We always need more volunteers who are willing to take responsibility for looking after a few tins in their area This involves making sure that existing tins are regularly changed and the full ones returned to the Friends Treasurer.  Finding new venues to place the tins would also be a huge help.

To get in touch with Friends of Willen please contact Liz: 07891 280904 or email friends@willen-hospice.org.uk


 






 



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 latest news.

Download the latest Friends of Willen Hospice Newsletter.

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