Emerald anniversary ball raises essential hospice funds

Fifty-five years since Fr Francis O'Leary began Jospice mission

A birthday ball in the lovely setting of Liverpool's Isla Gladstone Conservatory has raised more than £25,000 for St Joseph's Hospice.

The Emerald Ball marked the 55th anniversary of the founding of St Joseph's Hospice, aka Jospice, by Father Francis O'Leary and it took place at the Victorian glasshouse in Stanley Park on 9 September.

Local comedian Jed Stone compered the evening and encouraged guests to dig deep for an exclusive collection of raffle and auction prizes, including a vintage Emerald and Diamond Ring, two walk-on parts in a BBC drama, and a limited edition Game of Thrones bundle.

Dean Sullivan, the former Brookside actor and hospice vice-president, lent his support to the event and joined in with the evening's celebrations which included a three-course meal and music from local band Hudson.

Mike Parr, chief executive of St Joseph's Hospice, said: "Our Emerald Ball marked a very special occasion. Fifty-five years ago our founder, the much-loved Father Francis O'Leary, began his mission to provide dignified and compassionate care for people coming to the end of their lives.

"Our Emerald Ball brought many of our supporters together, including families, staff, volunteers and local businesses, to celebrate this milestone and contribute towards the future of the hospice. It was a fantastic event from start to finish and I felt incredibly proud to be part of the hospice family."


For further information about supporting the hospice, please contact the fundraising team on 0151 932 6044 or email events@jospice.org.uk.