Willowbrook Hospice

Willowbrook Hospice is an Independent Charity, which was set up in 1997 to run a Specialist Palliative Care Unit. The Hospice is governed by a Board of Trustees and run on a day to day basis by a Chief Executive and a management team.

The clinical team is led by a Consultant in Palliative Medicine who is responsible for delivering three main services, the In-patient, DayTherapy and Out Patient services. Although approximately 95% of patients have cancer they treat other life limiting diseases such as Motor Neurone Disease, end stage heart Failure, renal failure.

They have 9 in-patient beds, 30 day therapy places a week and weekly out patient clinics whicj provide care for approximately 1000 patients a year working in partnership with the local health care community. They liaise very closely with the Hospital Specialist Palliative Care Team, the community Specialist Palliative Care team and the local Primary care teams, which includes the local GPs and district nurses.

The Hospice is situated in Prescot to serve the surrounding local communties of St Helens and Knowsley. There are 75 full and part time staff and over 250 volunteers who work for Willowbrook Hospice. The hospice could not function without the valuable contribution of our volunteers.

It costs £2m year to run the Hospice. The Hospice is part funded by the NHS who make a contribution of approximately a third towards our running costs, which means that they have to rely on generous donations from the public and their own fundraising efforts to raise the other two thirds.

Julie Garner runs the Fundraising Project from an office in St Helens and a separate Trading company runs the Willowbrook Hospice Lottery and five Charity shops situated in St Helens, Thatto Heath, Earlstown, Rainford and Prescot.

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