The wonderful Family Christmas Concert with AMCHOR and Davenies School Choir was enjoyed by a packed house.


Twenty years of innovation and support from Friends of BCH. Read Daryl Ann's summary of achievements here.


The winning number in the December 100 Club draw is 22 and the prize is £43. Find out how to join here.

News - Archive 2013

6th International Palliative Care Conference

The 6th International Conference on Children’s Palliative Care in Countries of Eastern and Central Europe to be organised by the Belarusian Children’s Hospice took place at the IBB Conference Centre in Minsk in November. There were 200 delegates from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, UK, USA, India, South Africa and Serbia and two and a half days of presentations, workshops and networking.

Among the host of high profile speakers were Dr Ludmila Lyogkaya of the Belarusian Ministry of Health, Anna Garchakova founder and director of BCH, Joan Marston CEO International Children’s Palliative Care Network, Dr StefanFriedrichsdorf Minnesota Children’s Hospice, Peter Ellis CEO Richard House Hospice UK and Mary Muckaden founder of children’s palliative care in the community in India. Friends of BCH chairwoman, Daryl Ann Hardman, gave a keynote speech on the importance to a children’s hospice in Eastern Europe of having a dedicated supporting organisation in the UK. This encouraged discussion and it was decided to form an Association of Eastern and Central European Children’s Hospices. This organisation will act as an information provider and support organisation for children’s hospices and palliative care services in ‘Eastern’ Europe and former USSR countries.

Dr Stefan Friedrichsdorf

Local Conductor Presides Over A Full House

On a chilly Saturday, Ian Hooker, local conductor and formerly head of music at Dr Challoner's Grammar School, spent just three hours in rehearsal with 99 amateur singers and shaped them into a choir that put on a very credible performance of the stunning Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine by Fauré that same evening. The Come and Sing Fauré event was organised by Friends of the Belarusian Children's Hospice (UK), Friends of BCH, in co-operation with the Amersham and Chesham Bois Choral Society, AMCHOR, to raise money for the care of terminally ill and profoundly disabled children in Belarus. The Free Church in Amersham was full to bursting. The seating for the record sized choir flowed down from the altar area and into the front third of the body of the church. The 90 strong audience filled the back two thirds. The afternoon was fun and the evening was hugely enjoyed by one and all. The icing on the cake was raising a profit of £2,267 which is almost the equivalent to a year's salary for a nurse in Belarus. Chairwoman of Friends of the Belarusian Children's Hospice, Daryl Ann Hardman, said after the concert, "How fantastic to know that by the generous gift of their incredible musical skills for a day, Ian Hooker and the two marvellous soloists, Tim Harper rector of St Mary's in Old Amersham and Betty Makharinsky from Chalfont St Giles, have helped to ensure that one more nurse can be employed next year at the Belarusian Children's Hospice. She will be able to care for 30 or so very ill children and their families. AMCHOR Chairwoman Sarah Vize commented, "Singing together is tremendous fun and it is double the pleasure to be able to do it for such a good cause. I would like to encourage everyone who took part in this most enjoyable event to come along and join AMCHOR. A warm welcome awaits you all." The choir was accompanied by local organist Alex Flood.

A Sporting First

The first ever charity ‘Triathlon Light’ to be undertaken in Belarus was completed by Anton Simon and raised almost £11,000 to support the work done by the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (BCH) to care for terminally-ill children and their families. The demanding course was a 1km swim followed by a 30km bike ride and a 10km run.

Having successfully completed the Asics British 10k London Run in 2011, raising nearly £3k for Friends of BCH, Anton set himself a harder challenge to benefit the hospice.  He decided that this should take place in Belarus itself, a country he has known for many years.

Gala Concert - A Big Thank You!

It was a wonderful Gala Concert. A BIG thank you to the Academy Soloists Orchestra and their conductor Peter Liminov, soloists Kristine Balanas and Evelyne Berezovsky and all those who supported this event and donated so generously to Friends of BCH. Together we raised £2800.

Job Done!

Joe Hardman cycled 53 miles in the Chiltern Hills to raise money for Friends of BCH.  Well done and thank you Joe.

This is his message to his supporters.

I would like to thank you all for sponsoring my participation in the Chiltern 100 Corto Fondo cycle ride yesterday. Corto Fondo means the short route of 53 miles but it is still the Chilterns and that means HILLS. In fact 1,148 metres of ascent - long enough for an OAP.

International Pianist Becomes Patron Of FOBCH

Russian pianist Alexander Ardakov has lived in Amersham since December 1991. With a full teaching schedule at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London and a hectic schedule of concerts at home and abroad, Alexander is a busy man.

His engagements have not stopped him from caring about what happens to the children back home, in the huge country that, when he left it in 1991, was called the Soviet Union.

The nuclear disaster in Chernobyl (Ukraine) caused heavy irradiation of areas to the north-west (Belarus) as well as areas to the east of Alexander’s own homeland of Russia. Anxious to do something to help the children and families who still live with this legacy, Alexander has, for many years, been supporting an Amersham charity called Friends of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (UK).