A Mother’s Day gift with a difference
It is usually a mother who gives unstinting 24 hour care 7 days a week to a much loved child with a life-limiting condition or terminal illness. The Belarusian Children’s Hospice (BCH) can provide a nurse or carer to look after a child for a day for just £15. This enables the mother to go out on her own or spend undivided time with her other children.
Please give a very special gift to a Belarusian mother this Mother’s Day by donating to Friends of BCH here. Thank you.
£250k grant from the Maurice and Hilda Laing Charitable Trust
Friends of BCH are hugely grateful to the Maurice and Hilda Laing Charitable Trust for a £250k grant towards the cost of building a new Children’s Palliative Care Centre in Minsk. Construction of this purpose built centre is underway and it is planned to open in late 2016. The fundraising team at BCH have been working hard and the cost of the substantial first phase has been raised. A time capsule was laid in the foundations of the new centre by Anna Garchakova, director of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (BCH), together with Mr Anatoly Tozik, the Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus, and Mr Vasily Zharko, the Belarusian Minister of Health. Read more here.
Inna Ivanskaya is the construction project manager for the new centre and said, ‘Like most parents, I suppose, my own two children are the greatest prizes that life has awarded me. That is why I felt I had to help the Belarusian Children’s Hospice. When the need arose for a permanent construction project manager, I left my job with a good company and joined BCH.
I have two degrees, one in construction management and one in economics and years of experience working in construction management, often on state funded projects. I hope that my contribution, my knowledge and my hard work will help to improve, even a little bit, the lives of terminally ill children. At least, this is what spurs me on!’
A computer generated image of the new hospice and a photograph showing its construction taken from the top of a crane on site.
Spreading best practice
Former BCH medical director, Dr Natasha Savva, trained in children's palliative care services while working at BCH and was supported in her studies by Friends of BCH. She recently travelled to Prague to help deliver a 3 day introduction course in children's palliative care to healthcare professionals in the Czech Republic. It is most welcome news that the concept and practice of pallitive care for sick and dying children is being embraced in Eastern Europe and that BCH is playing an active role in the spreading of good practice. You can read more about the conference here.
Events for young adults at BCH
Many of the young adults at BCH have been cared for since they were young children. BCH organises social events for them where they can maintain precious friendships and enjoy new experiences. The wheelchair disco was hot and energetic and had a chequered dancefloor, loud thumping music and flashing lights in an otherwise dimly lit room. It was a huge success!
In contrast, older children and young adults were taken to an event at the Ecology and Local History Centre in Minsk. They saw multi-coloured fishes, tortoises, whip snakes and all kinds of colourful birds and mammals. Afterwards, there was a concert put on by students from the Glebov music school, demonstrations of sand drawing and other forms of creative art. BCH children helped the students and teachers to create works of art to take home and the day wound up with a visit to the herbal tea room for tea with cakes and fruit. They were all invited to join interest groups run at the Centre whenever they like. Read more here.
Thank you to
The London Russian Business Club and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Great Missenden for their generous donations and Amersham Tesco for letting us collect at their store.
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