Halton Haven Hospice has been granted seven wishes by Mersey Gateway Bridge toll operator, merseyflow.

Merseyflow’s parent company emovis has agreed to buy several items on the Haven’s wishlist ranging from a new replacement patient buzzer system to an adjustable mobile laptop desk.

Also covered by the donation is a therapeutic bed, ward screens, a steam and vac cleaner plus a ride-on mower and a leaf blower, taking the total support to around £9,000.

Haven chief executive Viv Culleton told the Runcorn and Widnes World: “We are extremely pleased to receive this support from merseyflow and emovis.

"The items they are buying are all hugely important for the smooth running of the hospice both in terms of patient care and to ensure we maintain a welcoming environment for patients and their families and friends.”

Merseyflow has been a regular supporter of the Haven and recently two members of staff donated £1,200 after completing an ultra-marathon and Liverpool’s Rock'n’Roll half-marathon.

Helen Williams, marketing manager for merseyflow, said: “Halton Haven does some amazing work in the community here and we know that this support is going to make a difference which is why we’ve stepped in to show our support.

“Our staff have been working hard to raise funds for Halton Haven – which is our adopted charity – over the past 18 months and it is wonderful that as a company we have been able to support them in this way.”

Each year Halton Haven needs to raise more than £1.2m to meet its annual running costs as it receives only 50% from statutory sources.

Anyone interested in supporting or raising money for Halton Haven Hospice can contact the fundraising team on 01928 712 728 or fundraising@haltonhaven.co.uk, or make a donation at www.haltonhaven.org.uk/donate.

Halton Haven is gearing up for its annual Tea at Three event this weekend where the the highlight is a butterfly release in memory of loved ones.

Tea at Three takes place in the hospice grounds at Barnfield Avenue, Murdishaw, on Sunday August 11, and will also feature live music, a climbing wall, games and stalls, plus the judging of the Haven’s Mascot competition with a shortlist of six dogs taking part chosen from a host of submitted entries.

The mascot will represent the Haven at events throughout the year.

The event begins at 3pm and runs until 5.30pm. No parking is available at the hospice itself but at the nearby Brookvale leisure centre instead.


Halton Haven Hospice:

The hospice provides specialist palliative care, free of charge, to people from Halton and surrounding areas who are living with terminal conditions.

Control of symptoms and pain is paramount, as well as dealing with psychological, social and spiritual problems.

The goal of the specialist palliative care provided is the achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families.

The hospice's credo  is that it "cannot add days to life, but they can add life to days."

Each year it costs approximately £2.5m to keep the hospice open.

It only receives around half of this money from statutory sources, leaving a shortfall of approximately £1.25m which they must find each year.

It is only thanks to the support of local people and organisations that they are able to raise this money and continue offering services to the local community.


Merseyflow is the official tolling operator for the Mersey Gateway Bridge, which links Runcorn and Widnes.