With Christmas almost upon us, we were delighted to be able to deliver some goodies to contribute towards the Christmas meals at the hospice. Abbie, one of our employees at Cheshire Farm, delivered our finest Cheshire Farm Quality Roast Potatoes, which we hope everyone at the hospice will enjoy.
Claire House Children’s Hospice does an absolutely fantastic job at supporting very sick and terminally ill children and their families, so it was an honour to play a part in bringing a little joy to them all this Christmas.
The hospice first opened its doors back in December 1998, where it provided support to just 10 families at that time. Today, the hospice now offers a much-needed lifeline to more than 400 families, so it has become a hugely important resource in the local area. With specialist trained staff including nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, play specialists and counsellors, the hospice is a place where very poorly youngsters can come and relax and have some fun. The hospice features a multi-sensory room, art room, Jacuzzi and hydrotherapy pool, and has a special area for teenagers and young adults with music and entertainment equipment. For those families not able to come to the hospice, staff can even visit them in their homes.
Claire House provides both nursing care and emotional support, and focuses on the needs of parents as much as the children themselves. Siblings are also taken into consideration, and the hospice often organises trips so they too can have some fun. Whether families use the hospice to gain some much-needed respite, or to spend valuable time together creating memories, knowing that the vital support is there at any time of day or night is a huge blessing for families during difficult times.
Being able to play a small part in helping these families makes our job at Cheshire Farm even more worthwhile, and we look forward immensely to working with Claire House Children’s Hospice again in the near future.