Dear Supporters of Friends of BCH
I 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.