EVENTS

An evening of virtuoso piano playing and art organised by the Belarusian Embassy to thank Friends of BCH. More here

NEWS

Watch a 2 minute video of how playing games on a tablet can improve a little girl's manual dexterity and be fun here.

FUNDRAISERS

The winning number in the June 100 Club draw is 1 and the prize is £45. Find out how to join here.

Current News

Fun Physiotherapy

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thumbnail for video manual dexterity July 2018 croppedPlaying video games and activating a toy with a push button helps a little girl's manual dexterity and it is great fun too.  This 2 minute film was taken during the recent visit to the Belarusian Children's Hospice by Friends of BCH trustee Deb Hunt who oversees the peadiatric physiotherapy pilot programme in Minsk and volunteer Pam Parker (pictured) who teaches specialist physiotherapy techniques to BCH staff.  Katya, who leads the team at BCH, is also pictured.  Watch it here.
 
You can read more about the physiotherapy programme and the success it has achieved here.  A report of the conference organised by Friends of BCH to spread best practice in Belarus and byond is here.
 
The chldren's physiotherapy programme was initiated and is organised, developed and funded by Friends of BCH.

June 100 Club Draw

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25 June 2018 1 cropped and compressedThe draw was made by Anna Garchakova, Director of the Belarusian Children's Hospice, at BCH in Minsk.
The winning number is 2 and the prize is £45.
Learn about joining the 100 Club here.

May 100 Club draw

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24 May 2018 cropped and compressedThe draw was made by Adele at Rayners Extra Care Home in Hyde Heath.
The winning number is 5 and the prize is £225.
Learn about joining the 100 Club here.

April 100 Club Draw

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23 April 2018 cropped and compressesThe draw was made by Zita at Great Missenden Lawn Tennis Club.
The winning number is 44 and the prize is £45.
Learn about joining the 100 Club here.

Ground-breaking conference in Minsk

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Antoinette Ferraro, Trustee and Treasurer of Friends of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (UK) (Friends of BCH), wrote:
 
The team compressedI have just returned from a visit to a cold and very snowy Minsk where I attended a splendid two-day conference entitled ‘Abilitation: helping disabled children to achieve their potential’. Paediatric palliative physiotherapy is a new concept in Belarus and does not translate directly.  It is called ‘abilitation’ there.
 
The conference was organised and sponsored by Friends of BCH.  For the past twelve months, the charity has been running a pilot programme to introduce British-style physiotherapy to ten children of varying ages at the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (BCH) and the Republican Clinical Centre for Paediatric Palliative Care (Forest Glade) in suburban Minsk.
 
Two of our trustees, Chairman Daryl Ann Hardman and Project Director Deb Hunt (pictured with Pam and Sue), were the key players in bringing this conference about. The idea behind it was to spread the word to doctors, nurses and other health professionals in Belarus that, given a gentle child-centred approach and a lot of patience, children with disabilities can achieve their best in every direction, thus improving quality of life for them and for their families too.