Greetings to you all in the year of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice’s 20th birthday! In October BCH celebrated with a big barbecue in the garden of its Minsk building and at the end of November they held a fundraising ball.
In the UK, Friends of BCH has had a good fundraising year, raising £57,959 plus an unexpected and very gratefully received legacy of £25,000. As we are still heavily committed to funding staff salaries in 2015, while BCH is busy raising money for its new building, this windfall will give us a flying start.
This year, Friends of BCH has helped pay the salaries of 34 of the 44 members of staff at BCH which means that 170 children of the 220 cared for in 2014 were supported directly by you. Another pleasing fact is that, from being a British-only organisation, we now have regular US, Russian and Belarusian supporters. Within Belarus, public knowledge about ‘What is a children’s hospice?’ is growing due to a great deal of PR work by BCH.