One of the oldest hospices in the country is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a summer garden party.

St. Joseph’s Hospice is inviting the local community to join in with its 50th anniversary celebrations at a Garden Party in the hospice’s beautiful woodland gardens on Saturday 29th June, from 12-4pm.

The Hospice, located on Ince Road in Thornton, first opened its doors to patients back in 1974, providing end of life care services each year to over 200 people from across Sefton, Liverpool, Knowsley and West Lancashire.

The day is set to be filled with jam packed fun for the whole family with face painting, games and activities for the kids, stalls selling crafts and gifts, as well as a range of food and drink stalls, including ice cream and a BBQ.

The hospice’s catering team will also be on hand selling delicious homemade vegetarian food, made from produce from its own kitchen garden. They will also have a special hospice deli stall selling homemade jams, chutneys, bread, granola, sweet and savoury treats, plus ‘pup star’ biscuits for furry friends.

Garden party picture courtesy of St Josephs hospice.
Garden party at St Josephs Hospice last year

Children are also encouraged to take part in the hospice’s famous Teddy Bear Parade through the woodland garden, a hospice tradition enjoyed by generations of local families. To take part, children should bring along their favourite teddy for a chance to win a prize, with categories such as Best Dressed, Most Unusual and Oldest Teddy.

The hospice Garden Party is free to attend and you can just turn up on the day but the hospice is asking local families to make every effort to come along and help to raise much-needed funds for the hospice, which provides compassionate end of life care to local people and their families.

Maxine Armstrong, head of fundraising and lottery at St. Joseph’s Hospice, said: “We love to open up our gardens and celebrate each summer and, this year, its extra special as we are celebrating 50 years of St. Joseph’s Hospice in Thornton. Bring your family and friends and show your support to the hospice at this lovely family event. We can’t wait to welcome you all.”

“We are still in need of some donations to help make the day a great success. If you can donate any of the following items by dropping them off at the hospice in Thornton or any of our charity shops, we would be very grateful. We need unopened bottles (anything from wine to shampoo), bottles of prosecco, new unwanted gifts, and new unopened toys. We hope to see you there!”

For more information, call the fundraising team on 0151 932 6044 or email [email protected].


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