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Johnny Vegas joins Willowbrook Hospice’s 20th anniversary celebrations

01 November 2017

Actor and comedian Johnny Vegas joined over 130 guests to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Willowbrook Hospice in Prescot.

The event took place at St Helens Town Hall in Merseyside, and included a three course dinner followed by live entertainment from local four piece Marble Eyes, raising over £4000.

Johnny, whose father Laurence Pennington (known as Lol) was cared for at the Prescot-based hospice in March 2017, recently praised the quality of care and support given to his dad and the rest of his family during interviews on chat show Loose Women and news programme Granada Reports.

After the event, Johnny tweeted:

“Wonderful night thanking Willowbrook Hospice for all they did for us as a family. So much more to do now so others can rely on them in time of need x”

During the evening, Willowbrook Chief Executive, Neil Wright, highlighted key developments during the hospice’s 20 years of caring, from the initial fundraising days right through to today. The hospice also thanked St Helens Council for gifting them the land for the hospice, by presenting 20 red roses - representing one per year - to the Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Joe Pearson and his wife Sylvia.

Nichola Saunders, Head of Fundraising at the hospice said:

“The Anniversary Dinner has been one of the highlights of our 20th anniversary year.  Everyone had a wonderful night and it was lovely seeing so many people – hospice supporters old and new – coming together to recognise the great work the hospice does in caring for people across Knowsley and St Helens.”

To find out more visit Willowbrook Hospice

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