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Thank You Thursday

The following stories have all been included in our weekly ‘Thank You Thursday’ article.

Thank you to all our wonderful schools and children who have been supporting the work of St John’s Hospice.

All of our Thank You Thursday stories can be found here.

21st MARCH

Nourish Project

Active Lives at Silverdale St John’s School

Thanks to just about the coolest Head Teacher ever, Mrs Katie Walsh, Nourish welcomes you to the outdoor classroom where our Keen eyed kids of Silverdale stimulated their senses taking in fresh air whilst observing limestone glaciers, improving their team working & tree identification skills.

Spending the afternoon learning how to safely fire light, just when they thought it couldn’t get any better the marshmallows were offered out for roasting before we set off back to school!

Thanks so much to Active Lives & Silverdale St John’s School who are hosting “Money Monday’s” during Lent to raise vital funds towards the work of St John’s Hospice.

St John’s Hospice at Morecambe Road School

St John’s Hospice generously gifted their Creative Community Fundraiser Rachael Makinson’s time yet again to support Mr Richard Murgatroyd Class 6’s work on Rainforest Biomes by creating their very own rainforest flora & fauna from plastics & recycling.

Huge thanks to all the fantastic children who worked enthusiastically together to make their own creations. We are looking forward to cementing a strong partnership with this amazing school with future fundraising opportunities.



A fantastic afternoon was enjoyed by all as Jacqui Harris took year’s 4, 5 & 6 staff & children on a storytelling journey filled with ghosts & ghouls galore! Year 4 were then treated to a drama workshop with freeze frame games which re wound & fast forwarded ‘til the children had created their own stories to tell, followed by more captivating stories! Thank you Jacqui for gifting your time so freely to our North Yorkshire Community for St John’s. Check out this inspiring lady here 


Thanks so much to Silverdale St John’s Primary School for Supporting us during Lent with their innovative idea ‘Money Mondays’ .

Katie Walsh, Head Teacher told the school community,

“Our link charity is St John’s hospice, who have provided the children with different activities as part of the Nourish initiative. Mondays are going to be our special day for giving money – either loose change, left over pocket money, or a bigger donation if you want to.”


Greg from Active Lives gave years 3, 4 & 5 a truly Nourishing adventure working outdoors to improve their team working, problem solving & resilience. The children worked in teams to locate & build a bivvy that would be suitable to sleep in overnight. Watch this space for next week’s Fire building in the woods! Thank you Greg, Active Lives & All the staff & children at Silverdale for all their kind support!


Forton & Silverdale’s youngest children began the new term with an exciting adventure thanks to our St John’s Hospice & Bay Heath & Care Partners fantastic schools project NOURISH.

Gifting her time in aid of our wonderful Hospice, Ali Wilkinson from Pyjama Drama took the children on a fulfilled fishing adventure, meeting mermaids, fighting pirates, surfing & singing.

Ali’s inspirational work enabled the children to explore rhythm, counting, music & movement whilst setting their imaginations on fire!

As part of the Nourish Partnership these fantastic schools have already raised over £500 in total so far this year. We are looking forward to hearing about their next Hospice Fundraisers & to seeing them at The Big Nourish Picnic on the 10th July 2018 For more information click here. 

THANK YOU ALI, SILVERDALE & FORTON SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT. We simply could not raise the £9000 we so desperately need EVERY DAY without you!!!

14th February

Yealand School

The lovely year 3 & 4 children from Yealand spent the morning with us on Monday and had a really fabulous time.

We started with a guided tour of St John’s & it’s beautiful grounds, we were then treated to homemade cakes by our kitchen staff before undertaking art & craft activities & exercise class in the Oak Centre.

We would love more children to come along to St John’s and find out about the fantastic work we do in our community and have a few dates free for 10 children: Monday 25th February, April 1st or 29th, July 1st, 8th or 15th.

Please let us know by Friday 1st March if you would like to book in by emailing Rachael here.


A BIG well done to the year 7 and year 8’s from Lancaster Royal Grammar School who raised a fantastic £1,400 doing the Elf run in December.
The weather was absolutely horrendous on the day and the boys got soaked and covered in mud but it did not deter them from running in their elf hats.
Thank you very much !

Primed for Life at Ellel St John’s Primary School

A huge thank you to the amazing Anne O’Connor from Primed for Life who gifted her time so generously by supporting staff in a training session at Ellel as part of our Nourish programme. Sharing her expertise, Anne suggested effective ways for adults to respond to children suffering from stress & anxiety.

Beyond Radio

A huge thank you to everyone at Beyond Radio who made the Nourish team so welcome. We were there to discuss our Nourish schools project and promote The Big Picnic. To find out more go to

7th February

Morecambe Road School

Huge thank you to the class 5 & 6 of one of our Nourish Partner Schools Morecambe Road who worked hard to write poems and produce soundscapes with our very own creative genius Chris Pilkington. How’s this for feedback?

Just a note to say thank you so much for yesterday’s workshop with Chris.
The pupils really enjoyed and engaged with the way Chris delivered the session.
They are looking forward to hearing the finished piece.
We would definitely appreciate further visits from you and your team.
Kind regards,
Richard Murgatroyd
Teacher – Class 6

You’re welcome!!!

17th January

Scotforth St Paul’s

The fabulous school community of St Paul’s so kindly thought of us this Christmas by making a collection at their Key Stage 1 Nativity Performance. This wonderful collection raised a fabulous £90!

Elf Run

We visited Nateby & Forton schools this week to collect the sponsorship raised at their December Elf Run. It is so lovely to meet such wonderful children, staff & families who know so much about the importance of St John’s to their communities, we really can’t thank you enough.

13th December

Torrisholme Elf Run

A huge thank you to all the staff, children & families of Torrisholme Primary School who braved the wind & rain to organise their fantastic Elf Run in aid of St John’s Hospice. Hundreds of children and their families ran 5 or 2 km, along Morecambe Prom- thank you so much to Sarah Price, deputy head for her endless enthusiasm in gaining sponsorship for this wonderful event. Take a look at their photos here…

Nourish: Relaxed Kids at Our Lady of Lourdes RC Primary

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to pop on your Christmas Jumper and learn how to chill! That’s what the Year 2’s of Our Lady of Lourdes RC Primary have been doing. The calmest lady in Lancaster, Stef Rigby played engaging games with the children and showed them the importance of stretching and affirmation. Their lovely teacher, Miss Townson exclaimed, “I’ve never seen them this still, this quiet.”

6th December

Primed for Life

It seems that the solution to many of our problems could be swirling and twirling…. Try it now- go on….feels good? That’s according to Early Years Guru Anne O’Connor. Anne generously gifted her time as part of our school’s Nourish Project to lead a professional development session for the teaching staff at Wray with Botton Primary School about the importance of physical development in young children and the impact this can have on their all-round development. A special thanks to baby Dorothy for showing us live examples of her own developmental movement.

Nourish Partner School: Christ Church Primary School Carnforth

What’s the reason for the season? To be kind & generous- and watch these wonderful children singing their hearts out at St John’s Oak Centre’s Day Hospice for our patients. Thanks guys- you are awesome cranberry saucesome!

Mince pies

Without the help & support of our wonderful school communities and supermarkets WHAT WOULD WE DO?

The amazing children, staff & families of the school’s below have worked tirelessly to produce home baked mince pies for us to share at our Christmas Events. In total, we have been gifted over 2000 delicious pies- so we have been able to share them with the whole St John’s Community, including patients, volunteers & our wonderful nurses. Thank you -Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Lancaster Girls Grammar School, The Loyne Specialist School, Lancaster and Morecambe College & Queen Elizabeth’s Kirkby Lonsdale.

Nourish News

A huge thank you to our Relax Kids guru Stef Rigby who St John’s Hospice worked with in partnership with St Joseph’s with an hour of affirmation and relaxation! Stef had the children completely enraptured, you couldn’t bottle it! The affirmations were so powerful and positive and every child was valued and celebrated. Thanks so much Stef for continuing to gift your time so generously.

8th November

Christ Church Primary Carnforth

As part of our school’s Nourish project it was a real privilege to be given the opportunity to lead a Nourish/ Elf assembly. The following week creative genius Chris Pilkington supported years 5 & 6 with their work on WW2 and remembrance as they recited For The Fallen by Lancaster born poet Robert Laurence Binyon 1869-1943. Chris then showed the children how to record and improve their performance by producing an atmospheric soundscape accompaniment. We hope that this recording along with others will form part of a compilation of soundscapes from school children in the St John’s community. If you are part of a school community who might be interested in providing recorded poems recited by children to be included in the CD please contact Rachael in Fundraising on 01524 382538.

St Joseph’s

We are so grateful to St Joseph’s staff, families & children for their wonderfully proactive support as one of our amazing Nourish Partner schools who have already raised almost £300 as part of their commitment to St John’s Nourish project. “How did they raise it??” I hear you cry.

Well, they sold some small Flumpet toys, the staff purchased Light Up A Light pin badges and gave donations for a mindfulness session provided by St John’s complementary therapy gurus.

It doesn’t end there: the Nourish team have kindly been invited to attend St Joseph’s parents evening with a small stall including Christmas goodies. NOT ONLY THAT: St Joseph’s can’t wait to support us by participating in our fantastic Elf Run! St Joseph’s thank you!!!


It was lovely to bump into some of the awesome Nourish child poets from Bolton-Le-Sands at Holy Trinity Church this week. They each read their war poems to the Bolton-Le-Sands Community and then took the time to chat to us all. Did you know that these marvellous children are also performing at our Carols by Candlelight Service on Thursday 13th December? Why not come and support them and us here.

11th October

Christ Church Carnforth & Emily Tough

What a load of Rubbish!
Amazing artist Emily Tough visited Christ Church Carnforth School this week to continue working with children to produce an awesome 3D coral reef out of waste plastics. This will be locally exhibited as part of the St John’s Hospice & Bay Health & Care Partners Nourish project later this year. Emily worked with years 3 & 4 to encourage them to use less plastic to preserve our marine wildlife. At the end of the session the children listened with interest to Emily asking her questions about her successful career as an artist & illustrator.

Ridge primary School & BA Fitness

Local entrepreneur & gym guru Billy Akrigg gifted an afternoon to our schools project Nourish introducing years 3 & 4 to a 2 week fitness challenge. Good luck kids- Billy will be back so stick to the daily reps; be happy- be healthy! Watch this space- pictures to follow!

Emily Tough

As one of the UK’s most innovative up and coming artists, Emily has committed to gifting her time to work with local children on our fantastic new school’s project Nourish. She travelled from her home in Dumfries to raise ecological awareness by starting to build a coral reef out of plastic waste with year one at Morecambe Bay Primary School. Emily said:

I had a lot of fun! The kids responded well to the workshop and they made some interesting things! I was particularly pleased with how well they responded to the paper machie, they all worked very well as a team without me having to guide them to do so. It was charming seeing them hold the bucket for one another as they mixed the glue and water.

The kids remained concentrated throughout the session but it was nice seeing them start to experiment and play with making costumes and other props (boats!) at the end. I wouldn’t want them to miss out on this after they have made their coral reef contribution as its when they’ve really started to get the feel for creation!

A partnership between local schools, St John’s Hospice & the Bay Health & Workforce Partnership made the development of Nourish possible. Offering sessions to empower children helping to build their resilience & all round development. Nourish has a variety of professionals gifting their time to work alongside your children to gain their trust, explore their ideas & support them in taking ownership of their own well-being.

Alongside this, children will be offered a variety of Fundraising opportunities for St John’s including writing poetry, Elf Runs, Screen Free Tea & Art exhibitions.

At the end of a year of participation name of school will gain accreditation as a Nourish Partner School.

Watch out for activities & fundraising events!

6th September

Bolton-Le-Sands School

A huge thank you to the wonderful children, staff & families of this amazing school. Some industrious young ladies raised over £350 by running a stall and then the WHOLE SCHOOL added a grand fundraising finale to their summer term raising a whoppingly awesome £856.00!

St John’s are looking forward to joining forces with these incredible children as part of our schools project Nourish.

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