• Conor Visits Willowbrook Livingwell Centre

    It was good to meet staff, volunteers and Chairman Alan Chick at Willowbrook Hospice recently. The Hospice does a fantastic job of caring for individuals and families across St Helens, providing a really valuable service and delivering comfort when it is needed most.

    The Hospice has helped over 7,500 people since opening in 1997. Health funding is being increasingly squeezed by central government, with a £20 million shortfall in funding across the health economy in St Helens alone. This puts pressure on the hospice movement to raise more funds, and this is where the Living well Centre is such a valuable asset in supporting its fundraising.

    But Willowbrook still needs support, not just from the thousands of individuals who donate and fund-raise but also from the Clinical Commissioning Group and the Government. That is why I am calling on the Government to fully recognise the valuable work hospices do and give them the support they need and deserve.