EVENTS

A fabulous evening of music and art raised over £1800. Thanks to Alexander, James and The Beacon. Details and pictures here.

NEWS

Deb and Pam have just returned from BCH. Read the news and watch how a special chair transformed a little boy's life here.

FUNDRAISERS

The winning number in July's draw of the 100 Club is 21 and the prize is £40. Name of the lucky winner and photo here.

Current News

July 100 Club Winner

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14 July 2017 compressedThe drawer was Gail Gedmintas and the draw took place at Ring O'Roses toy shop in Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire

The winning number is 21 and the prize is £40

The winner is Joe Hardman.  Congratulations!

Learn about joining the 100 Club here.

PHYSIOTHERAPY PROJECT UPDATE JUNE 2017

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Pam and boy in special chair cropped and compressedDeb Hunt, trustee and retired physiotherapist, wrote this report after her recent visit to BCH with Pam Parker, volunteer and children’s palliative physiotherapist.

‘Our second visit to BCH was a short one – two days only. The programme was focused on reviewing the progress of children on the project and seating. Two new chairs, supplied by Friends of BCH following a successful fundraising campaign, had arrived just before we did. We also took over with us four switch toys. These are battery-operated action toys fitted with special pads which, when pressed, activate them. They are excellent for children with special needs whose manual skills are limited.

June 100 Club Winner

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13 June 2017 2 cropped and compressedThe drawers were Shirley and Vince Byrne and the draw took place at Storrs Gate House their award-winning luxury B&B in Bowness-on-Windermere

The winning number is 1 and the prize is £40

The winner is Gary Gotch.  Congratulations!

Learn about joining the 100 Club here.

Anton Simon RIP

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anton 2013We are sorry to announce the death on 22nd May 2017 of Anton Simon, a true Friend of the Belarusian Children's Hospice.

In 2013 and 2014, at the age of 60 and 61, Anton put himself through exhausting training in London in order to complete triathlons, in Minsk, in aid of the Belarusian Children's Hospice. He raised a huge amount in sponsorship from generous friends, family and colleagues and donated a self-funded film about the triathlon and the Hospice.

Generous with advice to the BCH Advisory Council and a generous personal sponsor, Anton and his sparkling humour will be much missed by everyone at BCH and Friends of BCH (UK).

Anton's 2013 triathlon and film

Anton's 2014 triathlon, being intervied on Belarusian TV and film

 

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Physiotherapy Project - Stage one

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Nikita 1 cropped and compressedFriends of BCH is undertaking a major long term project setting up and funding a ‘new to Belarus’ children’s physiotherapy service which will be available at Forest Glade and to children in their own homes.

Unfortunately the Belarusian medical establishment takes the view that children with complex neurological disabilities such as those cared for by BCH cannot be ‘cured’ and so have no potential for improvement. The state, therefore, only provides the most basic treatment. This is incomprehensible to us. In the UK and other western countries, these children would be treated by an integrated multi disciplinary team of different therapists who would identify their particular problems and work with them and their families to achieve their maximum physical and intellectual potential as well as improve their quality of life.

BCH and Forest Glade’s approach is in marked contrast to this and such children will receive all appropriate care to help improve their quality of life and assist them achieve their potential. Physiotherapy, as we understand it in the UK, is not a recognised profession in Belarus so we have coined a new term for this type of therapy: abilitation. Our project will assist, support and fund the development of an appropriate abilitation service to BCH children who would benefit.

Summer Camp - a volunteer's story

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Vitaly Markovski is a volunteer at BCH's summer camp. In this film, he talks about what it means to him and how life-limited children and young people can have a fun summer holiday at BCH's specially adpted site in the countryside. The weather is usually much better than in the film but the rain does not seem to dampen anyone's spirits. On the site in the village of Zabrodie, there is accommodation for children, families and volunteers.  It is, in most cases, the only opportunity for BCH children and families to have a holiday. For those who live in blocks of flats, often without a lift, it is liberating to be out in the fresh air and to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Many friendships are forged and children look forward all year to returning in the summer.

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