In 2011, Friends of BCH set up a fundraising department at BCH, in Minsk, and trained its first professional fundraisers. Since then, the department has grown and at any one time has between 3 to 5 fundraisers and PR specialists. As they are now able to raise a great deal of the money needed to run BCH, our role has changed. We now, in addition to managing and funding the physiotherapy pilot programme and being responsible for some equipment maintenance, are providing funding to pay only for the home care team at BCH. BCH staff continue to put in a huge amount of time and dedication in return for relatively low salaries. For example, most of the medical staff are on 24-hour call most of the time in case there is an emergency in the families they care for. This is in addition to their normal 42 hour working week.
The following are a sample of the funding Friends of BCH currently provides to BCH as a contribution to staff salaries per month
Hospice at Home
£265 Hospice at Home Nurse - we support 4 nurses
£120 Care assistant
BCH summer camp
£244 Summer House on-site manager
£160 Summer House gardener/handyman
Friends of BCH is entirely volunteer-run. We do not take any commission or any payment for our own work.