Last year we launched the first ever Willow Week to celebrate the wonderful work of the team at Willow Burn. For over 30 years they have been improving the quality of life for people living with life-limiting illnesses and their families. As the only adult hospice in Derwentside, the team provide a vital range of specialist services, including counselling and family support, which enable people with serious illnesses to make the most out of life.
Willow Week 10 May 2021 – 16 May 2021
This week is a special time in the Hospice calendar as it is marks both International Nurses’ Day and Dying Matters Awareness Week. But this year, Willow Week is even more important than ever. Throughout the pandemic our clinical team have been dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to you and your loved ones. Our services, care and compassion have never been needed more. At the same time, we have been unable to fundraise as we usually would, particularly as our shops and cafe have been closed for over half the year. Now they need your help.
Staff can’t do their vital work without you! There is often a perception that hospices are predominately funded by the NHS however this is not the case. Whilst a small percentage of funding does come from local government, 60% of running costs are funded through the generous donations and support from you, the local community.
Only a poet could write the words to properly describe how utterly grateful myself and my family are for the help, care, respect and love you showed my mum. All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you.
Willow Week is for everyone
The Derwentside community is at the very heart of Willow Burn, it is home to our clinical team, our patients, our suppliers, our volunteers, our customers and our fundraisers. We encourage as many people as possible to get involved with Willow Week – your success doesn’t depend on special skills or fitness levels, it is simply a week to celebrate the work of your local Hospice.
As the saying goes, “every little helps” so here are some ideas of how you can raise awareness or funds this Willow Week:
- Encourage your children to paint a Willow Tree to display in our shops.
- See how many coins can you find down the back of your sofa
- Make a visit to The Willows Café and Potting Shed Gift Shop
- Wear green for the day
- Swap your lunches at work for a packed lunch and donate what you’ve saved.
Start your Willow Week fundraising early and sign-up for 5k May and donate £5 to us.
We’ve teamed up with the creators of the 5k lockdown challenge, Run For Heroes, to bring you #5kMay!
How to take part?
- Anytime between 1st – 31st May, participate in a 5k (run, roll, walk, cycle, hop, socially distanced of course!)
- Donate £5 to Willow Burn here: https://runforheroes.justgiving.com/get-involved?charityId=182899
- Nominate 5 of your friends to take part too, remembering to tag us @willowburhnhospicelanchester
so we can share!
- Once you’ve donated £5 you’ll unlock a goodie bag packed full of rewards and treats from
some epic brands!
Download our Fundraising Pack
Register For Willow Week
We completely understand that fundraising may not be your priority at the moment. But now, more than ever, Willow Burn Hospice needs your help. We are asking our amazing supporters to please do what they can, whether that’s raising £1 by filling a jar with loose change or raising £50 by . Every penny counts.
You can register your Willow Week activity with Rachel Todd and will help you every step of the way:
DID YOU KNOW? If everyone in Derwentside donated just £1 during Willow Week, it would fund 20% of the hospice’s annual running costs. To donate £1 text WBHOSPICE to 70085. Texts cost £1 plus one standard rate message.