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Little Harbour's beautiful butterfly garden - large examples made by Cornwall Association of Woodturners     


CHSW Thank Cornwall Association of Woodturners for their support

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is thanking Cornwall Association of Woodturners for their support of the charity since 2013.

Since they started raising funds for the children’s charity they have raised £5,388.53 and this total doesn’t yet include an upcoming donation that will be presented to the charity in April from the groups 2016/2017 fundraising.

CHSW is a region-wide charity supporting children  and families from across the south west through their three hospices; Little Bridge House in Barnstaple, Charlton Farm near Bristol and Little Harbour in St Austell, Cornwall. Little Harbour offers short breaks, respite, palliative care, end of life care and bereavement support to children from across Cornwall and Plymouth and is the only service providing this type of care available to families in the area. Children who use the hospices suffer with life limiting or life threatening illnesses but when they visit Little Harbour, along with their parents and siblings, for short stays parents can take a break from all the medical responsibilities and the children are looked after on a one to one basis and siblings are supported by the Sibling Team.

Little Harbour is currently supporting around 100 children & their families and around 20 bereaved families. Families can receive support from the charity from the moment of diagnosis through to bereavement and beyond.

CHSW receives very limited guaranteed government funding each year and Little Harbour alone costs around £3million a year to run, therefore donations from the local community are incredibly important to ensure the safeguarding of the services to families going through unimaginable circumstances.

Many people’s perceptions of what a children’s hospice looks like are often changed once they have visited Little Harbour. It is a beautiful building, in both a secluded and easily accessible area of St Austell, benefitting from sea views and large gardens. Facilities, both inside and outside, are carefully thought through and accessible to all, with its own Jacuzzi, soft play, sensory room, arts and crafts room as well as teenagers games room. Children are looked after 24 hours a day by the care team and accommodation is also provided for parents and siblings so they can be in the same place as their child but have a chance to get a full night’s sleep and relax together in home from home surroundings.

CHSW’s strapline is ‘Making the most of short and precious lives’ and that is what the charity aims to do every day, allowing parents precious time with their children and for special memories to be made all together as a family in comfortable and homely surroundings.

Mary Murfin, Community Fundraiser for CHSW said “We are so grateful to the Cornwall Association of Woodturners for their continued support of CHSW. Without such wonderful support from the local community we simply could not keep providing the care and support that we do for local families on our doorstep. Thank you to everyone who has been so generous with their time and donations.”