The President for 2017, Betty Wyman (shown here with her late husband and Past President) has nominated her charity for the forthcoming year of Presidency. Betty has nominated Children's Hospice South West - a very worthwhile cause which needs all the support we can give. Our nearest Children's Hospice is in Fremington, North Devon. Below is a brief overview of the work and background of this wonderful charity.
Children’s Hospice South West is a place where special memories are made. Our Little Bridge House hospice in Fremington is designed to be a relaxing home environment.
Many of our families use the hospice for respite care. Looking after a child with a life-limiting disease or condition can be exhausting, and the hospice gives parents a chance to recharge their batteries knowing that their child is in safe hands.
These respite stays give families the chance to create precious memories and enjoy time together as a family again. With support for brothers and sisters, the families staying at the hospice can choose whether to have quiet time, or take advantage of the many activities available including toys, games, arts and crafts.
Little Bridge House, which opened in 1995, is a beautiful and homely stone built building in North Devon. It is a peaceful and relaxing environment surrounded by lovely gardens that provide plenty of places to play and enjoy the sunshine.
Families staying at Little Bridge House can enjoy the glorious North Devon coast, and all that it has to offer. The old market towns of Barnstaple and Bideford are nearby, and whilst the hospice is on the outskirts of a small town, our next door neighbours are the cows and sheep!
The idea behind our hospices has always been to provide a home from home for everyone who stays with us, and that includes parents, and brothers and sisters too. So our eight child-friendly bedrooms have minimal medical equipment and are decorated with favourite books, toys and DVDs for each child who stays with us. There is lovely accommodation for the rest of the family too!
The house has plenty of facilities including a main living area that forms the heart and soul of the house, cosy lounges, a messy play room for carefree creativity, a multi sensory room with lights, sounds and textures to soothe and calm, a soft play area for safe, trouble-free fun and a Jacuzzi for relieving stiff joints and muscle spasm.
The teenagers also get their own special space where they can surf the net, play music and be themselves, whilst our games room is a place for chilling out and taking a few minutes to beat dad at pool.
Outside, there is the Narnia sensory garden, which was based on C.S Lewis' magical book 'The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe'.
The garden is full of features to stimulate all of the senses; sight, sound, smell and touch! The space is well loved by both children and parents as it provides a place to really set the imagination free!
If you would like to learn more about this excellent charity please visit their website www.chsw.org.uk.