We were so delighted earlier this year when we got the news that 2016 marks 25 years since Children’s Hospice South West was founded. We have been fundraising for this incredible charity for the last three years with a running total donated so far of over £6,200. We have loved being able to support such a worthwhile charity and have seen it go from strength to strength over the years. This year, under the slogan ‘celebrating the past…looking to the future’, they have been holding special events to celebrate this special anniversary and have been encouraging their supporters to hold ‘silver’ parties to mark the occasion. Additionally, they are also one of the chosen charities for this year’s Great West Run in Exeter. As part of this partnership, they have some running spaces available…check out http://www.chsw.org.uk/gwr if you’re interested in finding out more.
In case you’ve not heard of them though, we’ll fill you in with a little bit on what they do. Children’s Hospice South West provides hospice care for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their whole family across the South West region. This care is based in three hospices across the area and ranges from respite and short breaks to emergency and end of life care. They make an incredible difference in the lives of hundreds of families and help to provide support and to make memories for some very poorly children and their loved ones. It was founded in 1991 by Eddie and Jill Farwell ‘after they experienced for themselves the urgent need for hospice care for children in the South West’ as they had to travel over four hours from their home to the country’s only children’s hospice at the time with their two eldest children. The first hospice, Little Bridge House, opened in 1995, followed by Charlton Farm in 2007 and finally Little Harbour in 2011.
Here at the Passage House Inn, we feel privileged to be in a position where we can regularly organise events and fundraising efforts for such an amazing charity. This October, we hope to continue in doing so with a Halloween spectacular fundraising event and hope that the people of Topsham will once again dig deep to help support the work that Children’s Hospice South West does. We are so incredibly grateful for the people who have helped us in these efforts in the past few years and to those that have got involved and donated, we couldn’t do it without them! So why not head over to their website (www.chsw.org.uk) and have a bit more of a look at the work they do and at the fundraising events that are happening over the next few months. And here’s to the next 25 years!