|World Friendship Day Sunday 7thAugust
Friendship is important to us all and, around the world, many people will be celebrating this on Sunday 7thAugust as part of World Friendship Day.
Locally ‘Friends’ make a huge difference to the work of Children’s Hospice South West. The charity has over eighty Friends’ Groups across the region who support the work of the charity in a variety of different ways.
Mary Murfin, local Community Fundraiser for Children’s Hospice South West, explains:
“As a charity we rely heavily on the kindness, generosity and support of local people. The aim of our Friends’ Groups is to raise awareness of our cause in their communities and help raise vital funds.
“From organising your own events to helping out at some of our bigger events, attending cheque presentations or giving talks, making store collections or running your own stall, there are many different ways in which you can get involved as a member of a Friends’ Group; all of which can be extremely rewarding.”
Children’s Hospice South West is the onlyorganisationin the region providing respite care in a hospice environment for families with life-limited children. Its homely hospices – Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm in North Somerset, and eventually Little Harbour in Cornwall which is due to open by the end of the year – provide families with a much needed break and precious time together.
The charity aims to make the most of short and precious lives and as a result the hospices are often filled with the sound of laughter and joy. Highly trained staff help make families’ stays as special as possible and support them through the sad and difficult times too. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty-five days a year, they are always there at the end of the phone and that support remains throughout bereavement and beyond – for as long as it is needed.
“We could not maintain the special service we provide without the support of people in the community, and joining a local Friends’ Group is a great way to help. If you are passionate about our cause, have some great fundraising ideas, and are keen to get involved by donating some of your time, we’d love to hear from you.” says Mary.
Help raise a smile: If you are interested in joining a Children’s Hospice South West Friends’ Group, or setting up one of your own, please contact your local Community Fundraiser Mary Murfin: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01872 261166
To find out more about the work of Children’s Hospice South West visit www.chsw.org.uk