Each year we officially support a different local charity helping raise awareness, fundraising and supporting with events and promotion in the centre.
Please see below details on the nominated charity for 2017.
Children’s Hospice South West supports life-limited children and their families. At CHSW we are committed to making the most of short and precious lives. The care offered at each of our hospices is not simply about medical and nursing care for sick children, but about enriching the lives of children and their families. Families talk about the ‘treasure chest’ of precious memories they build, to carry into the future… a future which will, sadly, be without their much loved child or children.
Your local children’s hospice
At Little Bridge House in Fremington, North Devon, we support parents, brothers and sisters and the poorly child, from diagnosis towards bereavement and beyond. We can relieve the burden of caring for a sick child from families and allow them to spend precious time together focusing on just being a family. To face the reality of losing your child means those who desperately need our help face an uncertain and fragile future. We walk alongside them providing respite care, palliative and ultimately, end of life care for their child. Our work continues after bereavement for the whole family. We also have a further two hospices, Charlton Farm near Bristol and Little Harbour in St Austell. Across the south west, we support almost 500 children and their families.
Our hospices are very special places, with tailor made family friendly facilities. Soft play rooms give every child a safe place to laugh and play, sensory rooms provide a calming and stimulating environment for children with special needs and teenage rooms give our older children a place to be themselves. The family room is a place for everyone to relax together, whilst the children’s bedrooms simply feel like home.
It costs just under £10 million a year to keep our three hospices running – almost £4 million alone for Little Bridge House. We are almost entirely funded by voluntary donations, so each and every penny raised makes a huge difference to the families we support. Sadly, this care will need to be provided year on year for families today, tomorrow and in the future. We need to continue to meet this demand and we need the support of the local community now more than ever.
“Little Bridge enables us to be a family, forget about the difficulties of everyday life
for a while and create happy memories. It’s been a real life line for us, being the only
place where we are happy and confident to leave Sam and have time to recharge,
and I genuinely don’t know how we would have coped without it.”
Sam’s mum, Jo
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED!
We have plenty of ways in which you can get involved in fundraising for us, with a calendar of events throughout the year:
23rd April – Dunkeswell Airfield Skydive, nr Honiton
27th May – Dunkeswell Airfield Skydive, nr Honiton
10th June – Rainbow Run Exeter at Westpoint
15th-16th July – Canonteign Falls Abseil, nr Exeter
9th September – Ultimate Team Challenge event at Ultimate High, Bideford (NEW)
10th September – Dunkeswell Airfield Skydive, nr Honiton
30th September – Bubble Rush – Filleigh Estate, Barnstaple
December – Santas on the Run, locations tbc
For more information about our events and our work, please visit our website – www.chsw.org.uk.