Caring for Life-Limited Children, Northern Ireland

by Rotary Club Newtownabbey
Caring for Life-Limited Children, Northern Ireland
Caring for Life-Limited Children, Northern Ireland
Caring for Life-Limited Children, Northern Ireland
Caring for Life-Limited Children, Northern Ireland
Caring for Life-Limited Children, Northern Ireland
Caring for Life-Limited Children, Northern Ireland
Caring for Life-Limited Children, Northern Ireland
Caring for Life-Limited Children, Northern Ireland
Caring for Life-Limited Children, Northern Ireland
Caring for Life-Limited Children, Northern Ireland
Caring for Life-Limited Children, Northern Ireland
Caring for Life-Limited Children, Northern Ireland
Caring for Life-Limited Children, Northern Ireland
Caring for Life-Limited Children, Northern Ireland

Good news may be a rare commodity, however for the project Caring for Life-Limited Children, Northern Ireland, it's not only Good News but Great News - our project is now complete!

Thanks to you, the most amazing group of supporters and donors from near and far, who answered our call to meet the needs of young children (and their families) reaching out to the services of Horizon House, the home of The Children's Hospice, Northern Ireland. We at Rotary Newtownabbey have never ceased to be amazed with the generosity of the many folk who chose to support our project. Your response has been overwhelming and both we and the Hospice are so grateful for the totality of the outcome.

All the equipment previously detailed and pictured in our last report is now in place, in use and in demand: the paediatric bed; the cocoons (protective mattresses); the overhead hoists together with the Buddy Roamer (walker aid) and Freedom Trike (fun-designed, colourful, adjustable bike - allowing kids just to be kids, even during therapy sessions!). 
Not sure who may be enjoying it all the most, the children or the staff, but certainly all are benefitting from the availability of the much needed equipment. In a word - awesome!

Thank you for making the project journey so rewarding for the folk involved at Horizon House - the young children and families using the services of the hospice and assisting the staff in delivering the essential care. For the members of Rotary Newtownabbey it has been an amazing experience - both enjoyable and humbling in so many ways. Thank you for partnering with us. 

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Congratulations everyone! We have reached the Finish Line - our goal (and more) has been achieved! With your magnificent help, our wonderful supporters and donors, Rotary Newtownabbey has now provided a total sum of £11,478.69 for the purchase of specialised equipment in Horizon House, the home of Northern Ireland Children's Hospice.

On 22nd June 2022 three Newtownabbey Club Rotarians (President Roland Bailie with Jim Fitzsimons and Paul Hutchinson) met with staff at the Children's Hospice, Newtownabbey to view some of the equipment provided through your ongoing support. The photographs, taken on that visit, hereafter display those items previously unavailable for reporting - namely the last two in this list:

  • one paediatric bed
  • two cocoons - burgandy and blue (safety-like wraps)
  • three overhead hoists
  • one Buddy Roamer (a walker)
  • additionally - we since agreed a request to provide support for the provision of a Freedom Trike (kids bike)

The Buddy Roamer, you may recall from the last report, is a walking aid that provides partial weight bearing support with mobility. It is used by children with mild, moderate and complex needs.

The Freedom Trike is the sort of bike kids want for its awesome design, fun colours and smooth ride. Designed for children aged 4-8+ years old and with adjustability in mind it can grow to suit individual children at whatever age. It provides excellent stability. Children can be children, even during their physical therapy sessions!

This project journey has been an amazing experience for us all in Rotary Newtownabbey. Together with such significant support from near and far it has also been both humbling and rewarding (especially in relation to the beneficiaries in the project - the life-limited children of the Hospice). Without you, it just would not have come to fruition. On behalf of the young children using the services of Horizon House, thank you all for your involvement, unstinting support and above all, your generous donations.


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Well we’re almost there - but not quite! Thanks to our amazing supporters and donors, Rotary Newtownabbey are pleased to report that the magnificent sum of £8,588 ($11,771) has been raised to date to provide the much needed specialist equipment for our local Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice here in Newtownabbey.

This continues to be the most humbling experience for us that so many folk, locally and around the world, should choose to support our project especially in the midst of a Covid pandemic, yet hugely gratifying considering the tremendous needs of the life-limited young children in Horizon House.

Equipment purchased with your ongoing support includes:

One paediatric bed

Two cocoons - burgundy and blue

One buddy roamer (walker) 

and

Three overhead hoists

The paediatric bed purchased is one of seven specialised beds used across the Children’s service that caters for regular short stays for 260 children across the year. 

The buddy roamer is a walking aid that provides partial weight bearing support with mobility. It can be used with children with mild, moderate and complex needs and is invaluable in the Children’s Hospice. 

The fitting of the hoists is however delayed due to the ongoing high volume of maintenance works at present. We look forward to reporting further on developments in our project at Horizon House, Newtownabbey. Thanks once again to all our supporters for their generous donations.

Paul Hutchinson - Project Leader
Rotary Club Newtownabbey

 

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Project Report- November 2021

Rotary Newtownabbey are pleased to report that we have raised £7,398 for new equipment for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice up to the end of September through our GlobalGiving appeal. This has allowed the Hospice to order most of the new equipment that is needed, and we are eagerly awaiting its delivery and installation so that we can share the success of our project with all our generous donors.

This means that we are nearly 75% of the way towards our target of £10,000 and we want to thank all our donors so far for their magnificent and ongoing support for this worthy initiative. Like many good causes, the Children’s Hospice has suffered from a fall-off of contributions during the Covid pandemic and struggles to continue to provide critical care to children and their families in need of this specialist service.

We look forward to continued support from our donors, with one final push to achieve our target and allow the Children’s Hospice to put in place all the new equipment that is planned for.

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Rotary Newtownabbey are pleased to report that £6,078 (sum received from GlobalGiving up to 30th June) has been transferred to Northern Ireland Children's Hopsice, Horizon House. The procurement process for some items of equipment can now begin and we look forward to reporting on the progress of this at a later stage.

It's thanks to our amazing donors we have now raised over 50% of the project target funds. Donors from near and far - our local community supporters, Rotarians (clubs and individuals) from Ireland and USA - all have been significant players and continue to be, in this magnificent achievement to date. Thank you, one and all for this sterling effort.

Thanks also need to be expressed to our Children's Hospice colleague at Horizon House, Thomas (Trust & Major Donor Engagement Executive) whose continued significant input and guidance since the inception of the project has been invaluable. Through Thomas, we know that donors may be assured that their funds will achieve maximum impact on the specialist care of the young children at Horizon House. We look forward to continued support from our donors to see the project through to a satisfactory conclusion.

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Rotary Club Newtownabbey

Location: Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Paul Hutchinson
Newtownabbey , Northern Ireland United Kingdom

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