Following a visit to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice Simon Young Managing Director FISC Ltd commented, “Last month I announced that the staff at FISC had chosen Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice as their charity to support during 2020 and last week along with a number of colleagues I was lucky enough to visit the facility and meet members of their team. I came away humbled and inspired by the work they do. My colleague Kerina wrote the following article for our staff newsletter”.
Visit to Bluebell Wood Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited to visit Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, the charity that has been nominated by FISC staff to support this year. We were given an extensive guided tour of this amazing place, by Rachel Dawes, their Corporate Fundraising Manager. Rachel has been with the hospice for over 8 years. The hospice opened in September 2008, following 10 years of fund raising by families of terminally ill children. It offers not only end of life care, but much needed respite care for the families. The family of each child is given 2 weeks of respite care per year, which can be taken as required. Some families choose to stay at the hospice with their child during the respite, others may choose to take a well-deserved holiday and to make time for siblings. Community led care is also offered, as it is sometimes easier for the family to receive the support in their own home environment. It costs approximately £5 million annually to run the hospice, with only 9% of this being from government funding. The rest is raised by tireless fundraising by the staff, volunteers and supporters. The facilities, like the staff and volunteers are truly amazing, with great thought given to making a devastating situation just a little bit easier. I was truly shocked by the ‘uplifting’ vibe of the place, as I expected it to be a place of sorrow. Everything from the wonderful photographs of the children adorning the walls, to the bright rooms opening on to the fantastic play area and 6 acres of garden. I came out truly inspired to do whatever I can to help keep this much needed facility, and feeling very lucky, to have not had cause to need it myself. As well as our usual fundraising events in the office, I hope that my colleagues and I can participate in some of the upcoming team events and raise as much as we can this year and maybe give an hour or two of our time to volunteer. I feel privileged that we have been offered the chance to go to the hospice and offer our services to help in the many tasks that need to be done. Thank you Bluebell Wood.