On 4th February 2012 I performed as part of a concert to mark St Joseph’s Hospice’s 50th anniversary celebrations at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. As always, it was a privilege to perform at home in Liverpool with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and choir and lovely to be a part of an event for such a good cause.
Author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce presented the evening and Professor Ian Tracey conducted. The programme included Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Halleluiah Chorus, concluding in a Last Night of the Proms-style finale. The event raised in excess of £12,000 for the Hospice and the monies will go towards Jospice’s work in caring for Merseyside people with terminal and life- limiting illnesses.
In 1974 the UK Jospice opened in Thornton, near Crosby. Founded by Father Francis O’Leary, a missionary priest, St Joseph’s Hospice (Jospice) originally began in South America and Pakistan in the 1960’s.
Jospice provides care and support to terminally ill people and their families from within the Liverpool and Sefton areas. The hospice can care for 25 people at one time providing high quality end of life care in an out of a hospital situation. Jospice has also continued its work overseas and has hospices in Honduras, Guatemala, Peru and Ecuador and is also linked to hospices in many parts of South America, India and Pakistan which still bear the Jospice name.
Jospice is partially funded by the NHS, fundraising is a vital part of the work they do. There are many more fundraising events taking place throughout 2012 in aid of Jospice – if you would like to support them and get involved you can find more information here .