This short film, The Value of Time, was presented at the press conference in Minsk to publicise BCH's new paediatric palliative physotherapy programme. This groundbreaking service in Blelarus is receiving advice and funding from Friends of BCH. Two UK Friends of BCH volunteer physiotherapists have already made one visit to BCH to train and mentor staff and follow up visits are planned for June and October.
Marina 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.
Sharing best practice. BCH Director Anna Garchakova 'has done a great deal to support the development of children's palliative care in Ukraine' and will be returning there to teach in November. Read Joan Marston's report about upscaling children's palliative care provision in Ukraine here.
Anton's film about the first charity 'Triathlon Light' to be undertaken in Belarus can be viewed here. He raised £11k by swimming, cycling and running.
Friends of BCH chairwoman, Daryl Ann Hardman, was interviewed on Radio Christmas 2015 and told listeners about how BCH helps sick children and their families and how Friends of BCH supports this work. Listen here.
An interview at the Museum of Childhood in London about the participation of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice in the museum’s 2016 exhibition 'Children and Death: The Last Taboo' was shown on Belarusian TV in early July.
Friends of BCH chairwoman, Daryl Ann Hardman, helped to set up the project and comments about the exhibition during the interview.
Amersham and Little Chalfont Examiner May 3, 2012
By Daryl Ann Hardman, Chairwoman of Friends of the Belarusian Children's Hospice (UK), and published in SCRSS Information Digest Spring 2012
http://www.scrss.org.uk/Documents/SCRSSDigestSpring2012.pdf (See page 10)
Our Man in Minsk, Maxim Padbiarozkin, wrote an article about the development of NGOs in Belarus which appeared in The BEARR Trust newsletter number 58 published on 19th January, 2012 (page 13).