Anne Mills, CEO, Blog May 2018

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04/06/2018  

‘Life’s Short’

Rarely a week goes by that we don’t see a quote like this on social media as justification for taking part in an extreme adventure, buying a new pair of shoes, or ordering that extra gin and tonic. But last week this familiar phrase took on a more poignant meaning for me, as the tagline for the Together for Short Lives’ 2018 Children’s Hospice Week campaign.

Rebecca House is the children’s wing of our Hospice and all the children that we care for there are living with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions. For these children and their families they do not have the same amount of time to work with as you or I, so to them ‘Life’s Short’ is all about making the most of every minute and doing more of what they love.

That is why providing the best care, support and experiences is at the heart of all that we do at Rebecca House. Whether it be through play, massage, relaxation or spending time on our multi-sensory equipment we make the time each child spends with us relaxing, fun and special to them.

Here are a few of our children telling us what they enjoy the most about Rebecca House:

Our team of Registered Nurses and Nursery Nurses work round-the-clock to provide day and overnight care and as CEO, I couldn’t be prouder than when I see the incredible relationships develop between our staff, children and families.

I was delighted that we were able to share some of these moments with you last week and I am sure that the video of our ‘staff band’ will have put a huge smile on the faces of the 1,800 people who viewed it.

 

As well as having excellent staff, we are also fortunate to benefit from a wide variety of specialist equipment that enable us to provide the services that we do. Whether this be the wheelchair swing in our garden, our multi-sensory equipment or our bath hoists, each piece of equipment enables us to offer our children an experience that they may not be able to get elsewhere.

So, on behalf of our staff, children and their families I would like to say thank you to those of you in our community who have made these experiences possible. You really are helping us make the most of the time that all of our children spend with us.

I would also like to say a special thank you to a very special young man, Jake Hodgson, who, aged 13, has just completed his 100 mile coastal walk challenge in under three days! You can find out more about his challenge here.

 

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