Hearing about the great work performed by local charities is very humbling, and puts things in perspective. Last month, I attended the bi-monthly Weightmans Wednesday event, where I was delighted to listen to my cousin Harry Boshell of Claire House Children’s Hospice talk about the wonderful work the charity does, in helping seriously ill children and their families.
Having opened in 1998 in Clatterbridge over on the Wirral, I have heard plenty about the work done by Claire House. From this event, I learned more about their history and background, as well as being provided with several warm and emotional examples of the children and families that the charity has worked with. A poignant example of how Claire House creates treasured lifelong memories for children and families, is when they fulfilled the wishes of a terminally ill child to watch the Disney animated movie Frozen with their parents, before sadly passing away days later. Listening to this was very poignant, and emotionally moved the audience.
Harry also explained about how the hospice has grown, and about the facilities provided to children and their families. I also learned in the last 6 years there has been a 48% rise in referrals, and that 30% of funding comes from central government. This means that Claire House is reliant on corporate sponsors and donations from supporters, which is vital for the charity to perform its great work in giving families those precious memories with their children.
Of course, charity is more than just donating money. It is also about listening and tailoring services to meet the specific needs to help others. Listening to Harry’s passion for the work that Claire House was very heart-warming, and also a powerful example of how charity brings out the best in people.
Overall, I was delighted to have attended the event, to not only network with familiar faces, but also to support Harry and learn more about the incredible work of Claire House. The charity really does a really wonderful job in supporting terminally ill children and their families in difficult times, and helping them making cherished memories.
My thanks to Harry for sharing more about the work of Claire House, and to everyone at Weightmans for organising the event.
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