• 1
    FACILITATING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR HOSPICE STAFF
  • 2
    MAKING A DIFFERENCE TO THE LIVES WE TOUCH
  • 3
    SUPPORTING FAMILIES AND IMPROVING LIVES
  • 4
    COMFORT DIGNITY AND UNDERSTANDING
  • 5
    SUPPORT OUR SUMMER SITE, FACILITIES AND TRAINING
  • 6
    CREATING SPECIAL MEMORIES
  • 7
    SUPPORTING EACH MEMBER OF THE FAMILY
  • 8
    PROVIDING END OF LIFE CARE
  • 9
    £30 WILL PAY FOR A MEDICAL TEAM TO VISIT A CHILD

EVENTS

Three peaks were successfully ascended by our brave mountaineers in both good and awful conditions. See more here.

NEWS

Deb and Pam visited BCH again to advise on the physio project. Watch how a special chair transformed a little boy's life here.

FUNDRAISERS

The winning number in October's 100 Club draw is 35 and the prize is £40.  Find out more and about how you could join here.

Blog 17 - Anna Garchakova, Director Of BCH

AnnaThis year the Belarusian Children's Hospice has celebrated its 20th anniversary. Founded in 1994, our organisation has seen changing times and has been able to help hundreds of families. Over the years we have learned, developed and grown into the leading provider of children’s palliative care services in the ex-Soviet and Eastern European countries. It would be impossible to list everything we have done here so let’s just take a look at 2014.

This has been a very active year. We have expanded the number of children and families we work with, opened a new physiotherapy department and more people have joined us. As usual, part of our team, together with wonderful Welsh volunteers, spent the summer providing hugely enjoyable and beneficial country holidays for our sick children at our summer camp in the village of Zabrodie, outside Minsk. The children benefit physically from sun and fresh air and socially from the full programme of group activities.

Our ambitious project to build a new children's palliative care centre has finally moved from paper to the building site. We believe that nothing will stop us from going forward now, not even the cold winter weather.

The final big fundraising event of this year was our Grand Charity Ball with Auction. We got the idea for this novel event in Belarus and learned the skills to make it a success from staff at Richard House Children’s Hospice in London when our head of fundraising visited in May.

Everything we have done has been done with Friends of the Belarusian Children's Hospice (UK) who have continued to support us in so many of our endeavours during 2014. By supporting them, you have helped us to grow and I would like to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for your love, kindness and responsiveness.

I would also like to draw attention to the fact that Friends of BCH has not only helped the Belarusian Children's Hospice grow and develop throughout all these years but by working with us you have brought dignity and a better quality of life to hundreds of sick children and their families in Belarus. Despite the fact that this wonderful year of co-operation, mutual aid and friendship is drawing to a close, I am confident that we will carry on working together to expand all this wonderful work in the coming year. On behalf of myself and all the employees of the Belarusian Children's Hospice, we wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays. May you always be surrounded by good people, have good health, love and prosperity.

Anna Garchakova, Director of the Belarusian Children's Hospice, Minsk