Wates Construction and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service’s Prince’s Trust Help W.I.C.H

Volunteers stage clear up at new memorial centre site

Volunteers have been helping to pave the way for the long-awaited new memorial building and heritage centre at Knowsley Cemetery in Whiston.

Workers from Wates Construction - currently working to deliver Prescot’s new Community Fire and Police Station - and young people involved with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service’s Prince’s Trust programme volunteered their time to help clear the site in preparation for the start of building works. They have also helped out with grave levelling, turfing and creating hanging baskets for the cemetery.

The volunteer project at Knowsley Cemetery formed part of the Wates Group’s ‘Reshaping Tomorrow’ week, a national programme that coincided with National Volunteers’ Week. Throughout the week, the business’ 4,000 employees donated their time to help local good causes.

In recent years, the Whiston Initiative in Cultural Heritage (WICH) group has been working hard in organising events to raise money for the memorial building. The group has raised around £80,000 and is hoping to see construction work begin in the coming weeks. They have also received help from VINCI construction to the value off £35,000.      

When complete, the memorial building will feature many of the original features from the demolished Victorian workhouse chapel at Whiston Hospital, including stained glass windows and stone work. As well as providing a place for quiet reflection for those visiting the cemetery, the memorial building will also feature a heritage exhibition and a unique computerised book of remembrance.

Cllr David Williams, Vice President of WICH, said: “Knowsley Council has been working closely with WICH, partners and local businesses to enable the centre to be built and provide a unique space for cemetery visitors.

“We hope we will see all of the hard work coming to fruition in the coming weeks and are very grateful to our volunteers who have given their time and their great efforts to prepare the site for building work to begin.”

Tony Shenton, Business Unit Director of Wates Construction North West, said: “I’d like to thank my colleagues at Wates and the team from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service for their sterling efforts in clearing the site at Knowsley Cemetery. The work that the team undertook is a fantastic example of how our Reshaping Tomorrow week supports communities, enhances environmental and economic sustainability, and ultimately improves the lives of local people.”

Anthony Dunn, Programme Support Worker with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Prince’s Trust Team, said: “This was a great opportunity for the young people who are part of our Prince’s Trust programme to be involved in an important project for the community in a really hands-on way.

“They enjoyed working as part of a team alongside partners from Knowsley Council and Wates Construction, and were proud to contribute to such a worthwhile initiative.”

Keep up to date with the latest WICH fundraising events by visiting www.wichfoxsbank.co.uk. Anyone willing to support the project can contact the group on 07805 028581 or email wichfoxsbank@gmail.com

Charity Footbal Match

Change of date notice


Due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to change the date for our charity football match to Sunday 30th  we do hope that everyone who has volunteered to join us still will be able to do so for more information please contact Andrew Foster on

Afoster@bwct.org.uk or ajfozzer@hotmail.co.uk

Telephone 07951246690

Thank you

Charity Footbal Match

On July 30th, 2017 at Prescot Cables AFC I will be supporting a charity football match with the help of Tony (Zico) Kelly: a former professional footballer at Liverpool FC, Bolton Wanderers Fc and many more who is a legend in our community.

The game will raise much needed funds for W.I.C.H. (Whiston Initiative in Cultural Heritage) http://www.wichfoxsbank.co.uk/

The funds will help towards the erection of a Memorial Building in Knowsley Cemetery Foxes Bank Lane, where people can sit & reflect in tranquillity whilst visiting their loved ones, or use the much needed toilet facilities and even use the interactive memorial book which will be on display in the completed building.

As someone who lives in ...the surrounding area I would also like to reconnect with the community & bring them together again, as the spirit of a community can lift everyone.

If you would be willing to give up a few hours of your valuable time to help out and play in the game.

Please contact me on the following email or phone number: afoster@bwct.org.uk /ajfozzer@hotmail.co.uk or 07951246690

Thank you so much

The W.I.C.H group have today had a meeting with Josh Steiner from Wates construction group building the new community fire station at Prescot and want to work along with our group to help out during the next stage of the project.

Mike and Norma showing off the brick that we have chosen to rebuild the memorial building .Building work should hopefully start in June this year thanks for all your continued support

The W.I.C.H group  have been given a supper prize from Saints R.F.C it’s for a community Match Ticket which can be exchanged for a Family ticket to a fixture in the 2017 Super league season.

If you like to bid for this prize PLEASE email us with your bid to wichfoxsbank@gmail.com


The highest donation wins



The past Mayor and Mayoress of Knowsley Cllr Edna Finneran and her daughter in law Michelle Finneran joined the W.I.C.H Group Charity night at Whiston Town Hall last night to make a donation from the Mayors Charity fund from her year in office in 2015/16 .In all Enda raised over £18.000 pound in her year in office and to night she made a donation to the W.I.C.H group to the sum £5000.00, Norma Roscoe from the fund raising committee said the group where thankful for the support that Edna and Michelle in her year in office and thanked her for the kind donation.
Pictured are members of the group along with Edna and Michelle

Listen to Steve Macflane talking about helping W.I.C.H


Thank You

Thanks to the lovely family that have sponsored two stained glass windows in Memory of a loved one .If you would like to do the same as a family or a company please contact us for more information

Would you like to have a memorial floor plaque in are memorial building please download and print off and return to the address or hand into any member of the W.I.C.H group

Please contact us if you require are new info booklet

The W.I.C.H group have produced a new leaflet if you require one please contact via are web page or at wichfoxsbank@gmail.com

Travis Perkins Group

News update

The W.I.C.H Group would like to say a big thank you to the Travis Perkins Group Widnes Branch for the kind donation of 4000 bricks to start building work on the memorial building   

Are BT mydonaate page is down just now please try later 

Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund

The W.I.C.H group are deleted to announce a Donation of £1000.00 from The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund to help rebuild the Memorial building.

Thanks from the Mayor of Knowsley

As most of you will remember in the summer a group of cyclists left from knowsley to ride fro Lands’ End Cornwall on a cycle journey of 970 miles (or thereabouts), to John O’Groats a route known affectionately as the ‘LEJOG’ in the team the youngest rider was 25 and the oldest 61.The team raised over £25560.00 and this was divided up between local charity’s. In recognition for all their hard work some of the team where invited to Knowsleys council’s meeting in Huyton to receive a certificate for all the work they had done to help local charities  are picture show some of the team with the Mayor of Knowsley and Cllr Williams from the W.I.C.H group .

Memorial Plaque

Would you like to have a memorial floor plaque in are memorial building please download and print off and return to the address or hand into any member of the W.I.C.H group

Chirstmas period

The group would like to thank everyone who supported us over the Christmas period from bag packing or buying a stair for a loved one a big thank you once again for your contained support

Latest news

22. Sep, 2015

Thank you

On behalf of the W.I.C.H we would like to say a Big thankyou to the team that took on the challenge of a sponsored bike ride from Lands’ End Cornwall on a cycle journey of 970 miles (or thereabouts), to John O’Groats a route known affectionately as the ‘LEJOG’ in the team the youngest rider was 25 and the oldest 61.The team raised over £25560.00 today we received a cheque for the grand total of £7.700.00 which will be put to good use on are building fund. We are now only £57000 pound short so if you can help in any way please pay a visit to are web page www.wichfoxsbank.co.uk for more information.

16. Aug, 2015

Team target: £13,300.00

Raised so far: £15,114.87

8. Aug, 2015

Team target: £13,300.00

Raised so far: £13,861.87

11. Jul, 2015

On behalf of the group we would just, like to say well done to the lads the backup team they have just done the Land's end to John O Groats bike ride too to raise money for three local charities
Team target: £13,300.00

Raised so far: £11,752.87

11. Jul, 2015

Well the final day of LEJOG 87 miles left to do good luck if you wish to sponsor please copy and paste

20. Jun, 2015

Fundraising for the W.I.C.H Group
Whiston Town Mayor and the Mayoress join the team who are doing the Land’s End to John O'Groats bike ride to raise funds for three local charity’s for more info go to www.justgiving.com/teams/Knowsleyvelouk

11. Jun, 2015

A big thank you to the Mayor of Knowsley for making us one of her designated charities with this in mind we look forward to all knowsley councils work force helping out with a dress down day on Friday 29th June.

9. Jun, 2015

Take a look at this justgiving page just copy and paste

7. Jun, 2015

Take a look at are fundraising drop down link watch us reach are target.

1. Jun, 2015

Thanks to everyone who went to the charity night on the 8th May in Quarry Green Social Club and the £6000.00 you raised for us bringing the Total so fair to just under £64.000

31. May, 2015

The web page

We have now had over 5499 hits

27. May, 2015

Here we go

Work has started to put all the steel in place

23. May, 2015

Steel here ready

The steel is now on site all ready for next week

12. May, 2015

Steel work

After working so hard we now have the steel work will be in place

10. May, 2015

Shop online

Please use the link and help raise more money for W.I.C.H and shop online please use the link on the fundraising page

29. Apr, 2015

Letters of Support

We are asking if anyone can please email us there letters of support as we are now looking at match funding and we want lots of letters to support are case please e mail your letters to
wichfoxsbank@gmail .com

17. Apr, 2015

Donation on line

Are Donation on line service has just been launched so you can leave a donation in memory of a loved one please go to the fundraising page

19. Apr, 2015

Latest News

The steel has now been ordered and we hope this will on site and in be in place in the next few weeks

21. Apr, 2015

Tea at the Town Hall

Thanks to everyone who supported us today and raised £400.00 which was split between The Mayor of Whiston Town Mayors charity and W.I.C.H