The YKK sponsored Widnes Wild are pleased to announce that their adopted charity for the new 2021/22 season will be the Runcorn based Halton Haven Hospice.
Halton Haven provides specialist palliative care to adults affected by life limiting illness in Halton and surrounding areas. The Hospice is a place of calmness, sitting in peaceful gardens and with its own woodland, it is a haven of tranquillity for those travelling on their final journey.
Each year it costs over £2.6 million to keep the Hospice running. With less than half of this funding coming from statutory sources, it is thanks to the support of the community and local organisations that enables the Hospice to continue providing the person-centred care that is needed for patients, families and friends at a time when they are most vulnerable.
Elle Smith, Community Fundraiser at the Hospice, said:
“We know that the last 18 months have been incredibly tough for everyone but the Wild’s support has been amazing, even as they have been adjusting to a new normal themselves. We were thrilled when they chose to support us during the NIHL North Cup games and now feel incredibly lucky to have been chosen as their charity partner for the upcoming season. After a tough year we can’t wait to cheer on our team and are so excited to be part of the #WildOnes #Hockeyfamily once again!”
Widnes Wild General manager Wez Spurrett commented:
“We have been looking for the right charity to represent this season, and when one of our volunteers, Andrew Wycherley pointed the Halton Haven Hospice our way it put an end to our search!
“What this charity does, not just in the hospice itself, but in the surrounding community is nothing short of amazing. And I am really hoping that we can point more people in their direction to help them out in whatever way we can.”
“I said it from day one that working with local business and communities in Widnes and the surrounding areas was one of my priorities, and I am delighted to be announcing this today.”
Some of the Widnes Wild players will be present at the Hospice’s Tea@3 fundraising event which will take place from 3pm onwards on Sunday 29th August and will be held in the Hospice grounds. There will be stalls, music and refreshments, as well as giant games for the children.
More information about Halton Haven Hospice and their fundraising activities can be found on their website at https://www.haltonhaven.org.uk/