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.

December 100 Club winner

Dec 16 Ludmila compressedThe draw took place at the Belarusian Embassy in London by Ludmila Aleinik, wife of the Belarusian Ambassador to the UK

The winning number is 34

Learn more about the 100 Club here.

News from the Embassies

Fionna Gibb at Zabrodie 2016HE Fionna Gibb, UK Ambassador to Belarus visited BCH summer holiday camp when it was in full swing and met hospice children, staff and volunteers. In the autumn, Fionna hosted a British Art Party organised by her team at the embassy to raise funds for BCH. The party was for children of all ages and physical abilities and as well as being able to make things to take home there were entertainers, food and drinks.

Message to supporters from the Director of the Belarusian Children's Hospice

Dear Friends

Anna 3x4 edited compressedFor us at the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (BCH), 2016 has been a landmark year: our new state of the art children's hospice building in Minsk called Forest Glade was completed, opened and became operational. We all did a great job. However, behind this short phrase is hidden the work of dozens of people both in Belarus and in distant Britain, nearly two thousand kilometres away. Our joint work and the results achieved have once again confirmed that complexity and distance are not obstacles for people who have set a goal and are determined to implement it. Many thanks for your work, for your assistance and a deep understanding of our situation!

Message to supporters from Friends of BCH chairwoman

Dear Supporters

daryl new centre mar 2016 compressedAs always, I am so pleased to have the opportunity to write to thank you all for your support in many different ways for the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (BCH). From a tiny hospice with a few children we have helped it, over the years, to develop into a service that looks after almost 200 children and families per year and trains, or has trained, children’s hospice specialists from all over the former Soviet Union. It is a huge achievement and part of that achievement has most definitely been ours with your unstinting and generous help.

Super Heroes

Untitled compressedMarina was interviewed by Belarusian TV during a visit to Forest Glade by Alexander Triput, the 2016 Belarusian Paralympic medal winner as part of the McHappy Day organised by McDonalds in Minsk. They have supported BCH for a number of years and funded the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Forest Glade where parents can stay free of charge while their child is an in-patient.

Alexander was born with a visual impairment and won his first medal for javelin at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens where he also won silver in the pentathlon. In 2013, Alexander fractured his spine in an accident and, after surgery, progressed from being bedridden to a wheelchair. He was determined to return to top level athletics and after much hard training won the opportunity to represent Belarus in the 2016 Rio Games where he won a bronze medal in the javelin for wheelchair users. His visit to Forest Glade was a great success and an inspiration to hospice children and staff and Marina, who also uses a wheelchair, is a TV natural.  Watch the news item here.  The visuals are good and as well as seeing Marina and Alexander there is footage of the facilities at Forest Glade.

November winner of the 100 Club draw cash prize

6 Nov 2016 draw cropped and compressedThe November 100 Club prize is the biggest of the year and the draw for £390 took place at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town.  

The lucky number is 15 

Congratulations!

Learn more about the 100 Club and how to join so that you will have a chance to win one of the monthly cash prizes here.  

Why not buy a number as a Christmas present for a friend or family member?

Summer holiday fun

P1040234 cropped and compressedIt may be winter but there are lots of happy sunny memories from a BCH summer holiday to remember here.

Bring and Sing Fauré

Bring and SingOn a fine Saturday, a total of 95 singers gathered at Amersham Free Church to rehearse and then perform two works by Fauré: the Cantique de Jean Racine and his Requiem. The majority of performers were members of AMCHOR (Amersham Choral Society) with several other local choirs represented. One singer came from as far away as Coventry! AMCHOR’s conductor, Mark Austin, was in charge of proceedings, and Janet Churchhouse, their regular accompanist, played the piano.

October winner of the 100 Club cash prize

October draw of the 100 Club

5 October 2016 cropped and compressedThe draw took place at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Great Missenden by Father Wayne Coughlin
 
The winning number is 34
 
Learn more about the 100 Club and how to join here

Second Belarusian award for Daryl Ann Hardman

The Belarusian ambassador to the UK, HE Mr Sergei Aleinik, presented Friends of BCH chairwoman Daryl Ann Hardman with a Certificate of Honour from the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus signed by V A Vashchenko, Minister for Emergency Situations. The citation reads:

Certificate of Honour awarded to Ms Daryl Ann Hardman, Chairwoman of ‘Friends of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (UK)’, for significant contribution to the recovery and sustainable development of the territories of the Republic of Belarus which suffered from the consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.

Congratulations to Daryl Ann.  This year is the thirtieth anniversary of the disaster at Chernobyl.

Daryl Ann received the prestigious Order of Frantsysk Skaryna in 2012. Report and pictures here.

Official opening of Forest Glade, the new Belarusian children’s palliative care centre

DSCF8358 cropped and compressedThe vision of a purpose-built, world class children’s palliative care centre in Belarus has been realised. To mark the opening of this fabulous new building, a red ribbon was cut by the Belarusian First Deputy Minister for Health Dmitry Pinevich and the Deputy Chair of the BCH Advisory Council Olga Kobyakova.S0258496 cropped and compressed

The facilities at Forest Glade are, by any standards, impressive and will be a centre of excellence from where BCH can support the growing number of children and families who need their services and facilitate the on-going training of health professions in the western model of children’s palliative care.

Forest Glade is on the outskirts of Minsk in a tranquil setting surrounded on three sides by woodland. The horse-shoe shaped building is welcoming, spacious, colourful and flooded with light. BCH’s main programme will continue to be Hospice at Home co-ordinated from the new building and there is a day-centre there where children, their carers and their well brothers and sisters can socialise and enjoy regular activities organised by hospice staff. There are treatment rooms where physiotherapy will be available and a wonderful multi-sensory room with changing lights, coloured fibre optic strands cascading over beanbags, different tactile experiences and mirrors. Take a peek here. The ten in-patient rooms which will provide respite care and end of life care are spacious, well equipped with medical services and aids, have en-suite wet rooms and direct, easy access to the gardens which all these rooms overlook through large floor to ceiling windows. There is also accommodation for parents/carers who wish to stay with their child.