Across the South West, we have teams of dedicated supporters, who work tirelessly to raise awareness and funds on behalf of us. These Friends Groups form a vital part of the hospice and are known to go above and beyond to enable us to provide support for the families we care for.
Each of the hospices held a special Friends Group Conference throughout March this year, celebrating the past 25 years and looking to the future and all it holds for the charity.
What is a Friends Group?
A Friends Group is a group of people who want to support Children's Hospice South West and who get together on a regular basis to have fun whilst raising funds for our hospices.
Friends Groups arrange local fundraising events, organise public collections, maintain collection boxes, circulate posters and flyers and give presentations and talks on behalf of the charity.
How can you get involved?
We have over 90 amazing Friends Groups across the region, actively fundraising and increasing awareness of Children’s Hospice South West. It is through the dedication of our supporters that we can continue to care for our families and raise awareness of the work we do.
Every member plays a huge part in supporting the charity and is proud to be part of the team.
If you would like to set up or join a Friends Group and get involved in fundraising for us, please contact your local community fundraiser for more information. We look forward to welcoming you to the team!
Latest Friends Group news
Little Harbour Friends Group conference
Over 100 Friends attended Little Harbour’s conference this year, which took place at the Porthpean Outdoor Activity Centre. The day was one of reflection, celebration and a chance for everyone to share their special stories and memories of what it means to them all to be part of this wider Children’s Hospice South West family.
Recognition and thanks were given for the wonderful support we receive in our communities, from those who support our Garden Trail, to events such as the Whippets Tea Party at the Port Eliot Dog Festival.
The day was appropriately brought to a close by one of our youngest friends group members as we now look to the future to ensure we are there for families who need us over the next 25 years, and beyond.
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Little Bridge House Friends Group conference
A wonderful day was had by all of the supporters at the Little Bridge House conference, held at Tiverton Rugby Club. Inspiring stories, fundraising triumphs and plans for the 25th Anniversary celebrations were all shared over tea and cake.
A poignant story came from Ryan Bickham. Ryan used to receive hospice support at Little Bridge House, but with a wonderful improvement in his condition, at the age of 20 he now attends College in Plymouth.
Ryan returned to Little Bridge House for work experience and also offered to tell his own personal story at the Friends Group Conference. A true privilege and touching recollection for everyone.
"I used the services of Children’s Hospice South West for 14 years. I gained skills and independence and have many happy memories. The amazing support of the Friends Groups ensures happy memories can continue to be made."
- Ryan Bickham
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Charlton Farm Friends Group conference
Held at The Battle Axes hotel in Nailsea, the venue was full of supporters sharing wonderful stories and memories, reflecting on their inspiring work for Children’s Hospice South West.
Delicious tea and cake were shared, fun and games were played and Friends Group member, Averil Wood was the lucky winner of two tickets to Mamma Mia, kindly donated from the Bristol Hippodrome.
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Our hospice open days
Each month we open our doors to give our supporters an insight into children’s hospice life and thank our donors and volunteers for all their ongoing support.
We do not have any planned family stays at during these days and so you won’t hear the usual noise and laughter that bounces off the walls of the house but you will leave with a huge sense of enthusiasm for your local charity and a proud smile on your face.
"To be honest I really didn't know what to expect, but today has inspired me to do so much and not take my life for granted."
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