EVENTS

Despite being postponed because of heavy snow, the Chess Valley Striders' Christmas Lunch raised £1825.  More here.

NEWS

Children on the physiotherapy pilot programme at BCH have already benefitted significantly. Look at some pictures here.

FUNDRAISERS

The first lucky number in 2018 in the 100 Club draw is 33 and the prize is £45. Find out how to join here.

Current News

January 100 Club winner

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20 January 2018 cropped and compressedThe draw was made by Tony Annetts of T J Roofing at Weller House, High Street, Amersham.

The winning number is 33 and the prize is £45.

Learn about joining the 100 Club here.

The physiotherapy pilot programme is achieving significant benefits

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This is the first time this little boy had been able sit and play with a toy cropped and compressedThis new programme, devised, funded and overseen by Friends of BCH (UK), is run by a children’s physiotherapist who works in a UK children’s hospice and is managed by a retired physiotherapist and manager of physiotherapy services. Physiotherapy helps children with disabilities to develop and maximise their physical abilities, thus improving the quality of life for them and their families too. Most children with severe disabilities in Belarus have never had access to such treatment before.

The BCH Physiotherapy Team consists of 6 physiotherapists who are learning to work as a team and that all activities must be child-centred. The physiotherapy pilot programme teaching sessions take place three times a year in Minsk and, in between visits, the UK physio team keeps in contact with their Belarusian colleagues by Skype and email. Until we can afford to expand the pilot programme, we have 10 children taking part.

This was the first time this little boy had been able to sit and play with a toy.

Chess Valley Striders' Christmas Lunch

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DSC 0460 compressedDue to heavy snowfall, the fundraising Christmas walk and lunch organised by Friends of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice for Chess Valley Striders almost did not happen! Called off the night before, we miraculously managed to reinstate it just one week later with our amazing cooks, trustee Jane and her husband David, cancelling meetings in London to accommodate us. With the snow cleared and access to the hall and car park sorted, 44 walkers set out for a bracing hike through the Chiltern countryside, eventually arriving at Damien Hall in Great Missenden with hearty appetites.

These are just some of the many appreciative comments received from the group afterwards,

December 100 Club winner

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19 December 2017 compressedThe draw was made by Fr Alessandro Reno at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Great Missenden

The winning number is 22 and the prize is £45

Learn about joining the 100 Club here

Friends of BCH Chairwoman's newsletter

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Dear Supporters of Friends of BCH

daryl new centre mar 2016 compressedI think that the sparkling new facilities at Forest Glade, the building built by the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (BCH) in the forest outside Minsk, have inspired us to new heights!  Our charity in the UK has now
embarked upon its most ambitious project ever.

Until now, we have largely been assisting with projects initiated by BCH, providing funds to pay staff, advising and mentoring. One way we have had input into these is via the BCH Advisory Council in Minsk. After chairing this Council for 9 years, I stood down last winter and was pleased to hand over to a very active Belarusian Council member, Olga Kobyakova. I continue to be a member and attend meetings.

Back to the projects at BCH! The one exception to the ‘conceived in Minsk’ pattern was setting up BCH's own fundraising department.  This initiative came from Friends of BCH 8 years ago and I was lucky enough to bump into just the right person to run it while at a conference in Moscow.  That is how Maxim Padbiarozkin became the first full time fundraiser at BCH, mentored by us. Now we have launched our second initiative: children's physiotherapy and a pilot programme has been running at BCH for several months now. 

Physiotherapy Project Update November 2017

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Deb and Pam are sharing their professional expertise with BCH staff to set up a ground-breaking physiotherapy service in Belarus.

Deb writes,

‘Our third visit took place a couple of weeks ago. We were able to go for a full week so we could see all the children on the programme. As always, it was a very worthwhile and productive visit. The team is so welcoming and enthusiastic, it is a pleasure to work with them all.