EVENTS

A Family Christmas Concert followed by tea, cakes and mince pies. AMCHOR with Davenies School Choir. Details 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

A big THANK YOU to all our fundraisers.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Read Daryl Ann's end of year message here.

Current News

Friends of BCH Chairwoman's newsletter

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Dear Supporters of Friends of BCH

daryl new centre mar 2016 compressedI think that the sparkling new facilities at Forest Glade, the building built by the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (BCH) in the forest outside Minsk, have inspired us to new heights!  Our charity in the UK has now
embarked upon its most ambitious project ever.

Until now, we have largely been assisting with projects initiated by BCH, providing funds to pay staff, advising and mentoring. One way we have had input into these is via the BCH Advisory Council in Minsk. After chairing this Council for 9 years, I stood down last winter and was pleased to hand over to a very active Belarusian Council member, Olga Kobyakova. I continue to be a member and attend meetings.

Back to the projects at BCH! The one exception to the ‘conceived in Minsk’ pattern was setting up BCH's own fundraising department.  This initiative came from Friends of BCH 8 years ago and I was lucky enough to bump into just the right person to run it while at a conference in Moscow.  That is how Maxim Padbiarozkin became the first full time fundraiser at BCH, mentored by us. Now we have launched our second initiative: children's physiotherapy and a pilot programme has been running at BCH for several months now. 

Physiotherapy Project Update November 2017

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Deb and Pam are sharing their professional expertise with BCH staff to set up a ground-breaking physiotherapy service in Belarus.

Deb writes,

‘Our third visit took place a couple of weeks ago. We were able to go for a full week so we could see all the children on the programme. As always, it was a very worthwhile and productive visit. The team is so welcoming and enthusiastic, it is a pleasure to work with them all.

November 100 Club Winner

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18 November 2017 cropped and compressedThe draw was made by Rachel Breakspear of Breakspear Osteopathy and Pilates  at Chesham Bois Lawn Tennis and Squash Club

The winning number is 11 and the prize is £400

Learn about joining the 100 Club here

Physiotherapy project in action

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Having a life limiting illness doesn’t stop this little girl enjoying playing with toys. Playing like this helps her maintain the strength in her arms.  Watch here.

Are you feeling lucky?

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Yaraslava cropped and compressedIn its first year, the Friends of BCH 100 Club raised £1304 to support the life-changing and life-enhancing work of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice with terminally or chronically sick children and their families.

Every month the club generates a cash prize and this November there is a bonanza prize of at least £400 just in time for Christmas.

This is how it works. One or more numbers are ‘bought’ for £5 each a month and on 16th of every month one of these numbers is drawn from a bag and the lucky owner of the number receives a cheque. At the moment, there are 40 numbers in each draw and the prize is usually £40. If 100 people joined the club the prize would be £100. Hence the name of the club. The more people in the club the bigger the prizes.

It is easy to join the club. Just download and complete a form here where you will find the Ts & Cs too. The charity must have received your first payment by 15th November in order to qualify for the November draw. The simplest way to subscribe is to set up a standing order on-line and then send the completed form to our treasurer who will advise you of your number(s). If you prefer, you can complete the standing order form and return it to us by 1st November or send a cheque with your form.

Take a look at the photos and details of previous draws here.

We do hope you will join our 100 Club. Good luck!

October 100 Club winner

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17 October 2017 draw cropped and compressedThe draw was made by artist Harriet Bell at Weller House in Amersham

The winning number is 35 and the prize is £40

Learn about joining the 100 Club here