This year Opus and Opus LGSS have both partnered with a charity for the year. Opus People Solutions and Opus LGSS’ Cambridge team will be supporting EACH (East Anglian Children’s Hospice), and the Opus LGSS team in Northampton will be supporting Rainbows. Both are incredibly deserving charities, and we aim to raise £2000 for EACH and £1000 for Rainbows this year.
East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH) supports families and provides care for children and young people with life threatening conditions across Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. The care is tailored for the needs of all the family and is delivered how and where the families wish. They deliver a wide range of services, including:
• End of life care
• Day care and overnight breaks, including accommodation for families
• Emotional and well-being support
• Specialist play
• Support groups
The charity is only 21% funded by NHS trusts, yet it costs £16,000 a day to run, every day of the year. Without essential donations, the charity would cease to exist, leaving families with no other alternatives.
Last week, Gabby and Ellie visited the Treehouse Hospice in Ipswich to learn more about what the hospice does and how our money can benefit those in need. They said: “It was great to learn about all the ways in which EACH help both children and their families and realised that their work extends much further than we had originally thought (40% is made up of home visits and services and activities that can be delivered outside of the hospice).
The Treehouse building itself is extremely well facilitated and contains everything from a music therapy room, to a hydrotherapy pool and a sensory room. EACH work hard to make sure that the space remains a positive environment and lots is done to maintain a homely feel – the children are able to choose character bedding; dinner tables are arranged in a typical family layout and the nurses wear their own clothes rather than a uniform.
Overall, it was really inspiring to see everything that the charity does and we’re really excited for everyone to get involved with the charity events throughout the year!”.
Additionally, the Opus LGSS team in Northampton, they will be fundraising for Rainbows. Rainbows care for a whole range of children and young people. As the East Midlands’ only hospice for children and young people, Rainbows is a place where life-limited children and their families can find care and support. Their team can help relieve symptoms, improve quality of life and support families throughout their bereavement.
Similarly, to EACH, the hospice costs £5.5million per year, which works out around £15,000 per day. Only 10-15% of this is government funded – which is only 6 weeks out of the whole year! The rest is from voluntary donations, wills, gifts, legacies etc, which shows how crucial fundraising really is.
Megan and Nikki from our Northampton team visited the Rainbows hospice to see exactly what they do. She said: “It was a great visit which allowed us to see what Rainbows does. The work they do is truly inspirational, and without their services, many families would have nowhere to turn. We feel proud of be raising money for such a great charity”.
Here is our total raised so far for Rainbows:
To support both charities as much as we can, we will be having various fundraisers from team runs to bake sales. We are committed to giving back as much as we can, and are excited to see how much we can raise.