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


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


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

A special relationship

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Anda_profile_photo_compressed.jpgA special relationship: The Latvian Children’s Palliative Care Society and The Belarusian Children’s Hospice working together for 18 years

By Anda Jansone, Chairman of the Children’s Palliative Care Society, Riga, Latvia

The Latvian Children’s Palliative Care Society and The Belarusian Children’s Hospice, both operating in post-Soviet countries, have been working in partnership for 18 years.

In 1998, at the International Palliative Care Conference in Warsaw, the directors of both these organisations discovered that their organisations were facing similar sets of problems and dealing with issues that had much in common.  They had a very useful exchange of ideas and experiences and regular meetings have continued ever since.

Store Collection

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tesco collectionA collection outside a local store raised just over £600 for Friends of BCH.  Thank you to all the jolly volunteers who held collection boxes, the customers who gave so generously and to Tesco Amersham for allowing us to collect.  The true spirit of Christmas!

Children's Art Project At Bch

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Light from Within - the theme of this project was to seek the light within children no matter what their physical challenges.  

painting 3 compressedProfessional artists worked with children at BCH to explore ways in which each of them could produce a picture using different tools or different parts of their body.  The pictures were displayed at Gallery U in Minsk.  All the child artists and their families managed to see the exhibition.  At the end of the show, the pictures were auctioned to raise money for BCH, some fetching as much as US$150. 

The project was sponsored by Gallery U with support from the Belarusian National Bank.  Scroll down to see the children painting and some of the wonderful pictures they made.

A Christmas Message From The Chairwoman Of Friends Of Bch

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Dear Supporters,

What a year it has been!  So much effort has gone into building the new children’s palliative care centre in Minsk that at times the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (BCH) has seemed a little overshadowed.  Nevertheless, BCH has continued its splendid work caring for chronically and terminally ill children and their families at home, quietly providing them with medicines, equipment, food supplements and other items free of charge as well as the medical, psychological and social support provided by the BCH team.

This year, BCH has cared for a total of 250 children and their families throughout Belarus.  Most of its patients live in Minsk and the surrounding region but it is still sending out mobile teams to care for patients up to four hours’ drive away which means a ten hour day for the team member and driver visiting the child.  The waiting list for its services in Minsk is long enough but in some other parts of the country it is very long indeed.