Garden Party success for hospice

Hundreds of families from across the area flocked to our Garden Party on Saturday (8 July) and enjoyed an afternoon in the sunshine celebrating the hospice’s 55th Anniversary.

The hospice gardens were full of families picnicking and having fun in the sun while being entertained by a range of games, stalls and performances.

Over 100 children took part in the hospice’s annual Teddy Bears Parade, which was judged by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson; Annette Hughes, President of the Crosby Soroptimists; and Mike Parr, Chief Executive of St. Joseph’s Hospice.

Princess Rapunzel dropped by to sing and tell stories to the children and the Irish Guard Singers performed for the crowd, while the BBQ, ice cream van and Prosecco Tent kept everyone well catered for during the afternoon.

Towards the end of the day, a short reflection service took place to remember former hospice patients and loved ones, followed by a visit to the hospice’s brand new Stations of the Cross Garden.

Julie McAdam, Senior Community Fundraiser at St Joseph’s Hospice, said: “This year’s Garden Party and Teddy Bears Picnic has been a tremendous success and we’d like to thank everyone who came along to support us, from those who came along on the day to our amazing volunteers who worked so hard in the run up to the event. Also, those who donated bottles and gifts for our tombolas and stalls. We couldn’t have done it without you all.

“We’d also like to thank KK Butchers for providing all the burgers and sausages for the BBQ and Sainsburys on Great Howard Street for providing the bread rolls. Thanks also go to staff and customers of Ronnie and Rita’s Hairdressers in Litherland for all the prosecco and bottles they donated.

“Without the support of our local community, we simply could not continue to provide the vital services and care our patients and their families so desperately need.”

To support the hospice, please contact the fundraising team on 0151 932 6044 or email

Pictured below (l-r): Mike Parr, the Mayor of Sefton and Annette Hughes with the winners of this year’s Teddy Bears Parade.