Emerald Anniversary

    Fifty five years ago, in 1962, the very first seeds were sown that would grow into St. Joseph’s Hospice.

    While working as a young priest of the Mill Hill Mission in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Father Francis O’Leary was asked to help a sick and dying woman, known as Mrs Jacob. He had nowhere to lodge her but a mud hut in the church compound. She didn’t have any family or any carers to look after her.

    Father O’Leary decided that some kind of care facility for terminally ill people was urgently needed so he set up the St. Joseph's Hospice Association and began to raise money to build a hospice.

    The hospice in Rawalpindi was opened just two years later, in 1964, to be followed over the next 30 years by hospices in Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala and Honduras. In 1972, the charity bought its UK site in Thornton, Merseyside, which opened on 19 March 1974. It was christened San Jose to reflect the charity’s Latin American links. The hospice was later extended, in 1984 and 1988, to provide even more rooms for patients.

    With a 29-bed Inpatient Unit, St. Joseph’s Hospice is now the oldest and largest hospice in Merseyside. It provides long-term, specialised end of life care to over 200 patients every year.

    Our Emerald Anniversary Appeal

    2017 marks this very special Emerald Anniversary and we have planned a year of events and activities to celebrate.

    Not only do we want to celebrate the tremendous achievements of Father O’Leary and the team of nurses and staff who have worked for the hospice over the last 55 years; but we are also asking you to help us make sure that we can continue helping patients and families from across our community for the next 55 years!

    Here’s how you can support our Emerald Anniversary Appeal…

    • Sign up to our Challenge 55

      We are asking individuals, groups, communities, schools and businesses to take part in our Challenge 55! This can be anything you want it to be but it has to be a challenge and it has to involve the number 55.

      Why not challenge yourself to walk or cycle 55 miles? Or you may prefer to sit in a bath filled with 55 cans of beans or eat 55 slices of pizza!

      Why not come up with your very own Challenge 55?

    • Organise a fundraising event

      Why not host your own cake sale, afternoon tea, a summer BBQ or even a Ball? Your school could hold a 55 hour fundraising challenge or your place of work could have a sponsored 55 hour lock in!

    • Join our St. Joseph’s Hospice Lottery

      For just £1 per week, you could be in with a chance of winning our £1,000 weekly jackpot, as well as other cash prizes. Don’t delay, sign up today and help us secure funding for the future. You will automatically be entered in to our Emerald Anniversary Bumper Draw with a massive £3,000 jackpot!

    • Become a Lottery Canvasser

      Have you got any time to spare? Would you like to earn a bit of extra cash? Do you believe passionately about the hospice and its values? Are you prepared to communicate this to others? You could become a St. Joseph’s Hospice Lottery Canvasser and sign up new lottery players - email cathy.cusack@jospice.org.uk for more details.

    • Volunteer your time for 55 days or even 55 hours in 2017

       We have loads of fantastic volunteering opportunities available so why not set yourself or your workplace a volunteering challenge – email Siobhan.clinton@jospice.org.uk for more details.

    • Set up an Emerald Community Support Group

      Create a team of hospice fundraisers in your local area and organise a variety of different fundraising events – this will be a real legacy for future!

    • Come to our Emerald Ball

      Our Emerald Ball will be the highlight of our 55th Anniversary year – a celebration of everything that has been achieved since Father Francis O’Leary founded St. Joseph’s Hospice Association in 1962.

      Our Emerald Ball, in the stunning Isla Gladstone Conservatory in Stanley Park, Liverpool, will be a glitzy, glamourous affair and the Wizard of Oz ‘Emerald City’ theme will enchant and delight everyone attending.

      Book now.

    Pledge Your Support

    To pledge your support to our Emerald Anniversary Appeal…contact our community fundraisers on 0151 932 6044 or email: community.fundraisers@jospice.org.uk.

    Don’t forget to show your support for @JospiceUK on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #EmeraldAppeal.