Helping Hands Make Light Work for Merseyside Hospice

Wain’s Helping Hands Make Light Work for Merseyside Hospice


When a Merseyside hospice in need of updating asked for help, our Wain Homes North West team jumped into action.

Willowbrook Hospice, a specialist palliative care unit on Portico Lane in Prescot, opened 25 years ago and required some essential updates.

This prompted action from our Warrington-based team who worked with Panorama Kitchens to organise the supply and fitting of a brand new kitchen, with Wain Homes also donating new integrated appliances.

To ensure the hospice continues to provide comfort and solace to residents and their families, a team of 15 volunteers from Wain Homes visited the site recently to undertake landscape and grounds maintenance as part of our ‘Helping Hands’ initiative.

‘Helping Hands’ sees every Wain Homes employee given paid time out of the business to volunteer to support good causes in their local communities.

Willowbrook Hospice is Wain Homes North West’s charity of the year and our efforts didn’t end there. Following the sale of a number of our north west show homes, we auctioned appliances and goods which, along with a coffee morning and bake sale, raised £2,200. A further £2,000 was raised by Wain Homes’ senior architectural technologist, Lauren Balfour, with a daredevil skydive.

Bev Neilson, fundraising events facilitator at Willowbrook Hospice, said: “Thank you to Wain Homes for supporting us with our much needed renovation works.

“We now have a fantastic, modern kitchen area which will greatly add to the comfort of our staff, volunteers and visitors and the added financial donation will help us maintain the vital service we provide for our community.”

Ian Turnball, volunteer engagement manager at Willowbrook Hospice, said: “We also want to thank the team of Helping Hands volunteers from Wain Homes who worked hard all day to make sure our grounds are clean, tidy and comforting for families and staff. They work together brilliantly as a team and nothing was too much trouble.”

Willowbrook Hospice is close to the hearts of the Wain Homes North West team, with some staff having personal experience of its support.

Richard Chamberlain, Wain Homes North West managing director, added: “Supporting Willowbrook throughout 2023 has really brought out the best in our dedicated team. Collaborating with our contractors, suppliers and the community is what we’re about and making a positive difference is what continues to motivate and drive our team. I am immensely proud of their commitment to help and support others.”