Claire House, which is situated in Bebington on the Wirral, is a hospice dedicated to the care and treatment of terminally ill children. At present the hospice services approximately 263 families, with 10 beds available for those who are seriously ill and considered most at need.
With that in mind, it wasn’t Santa Claus who visited the children’s hospice, but another jolly, white bearded gentlemen in the shape of Richard Alty. Richard is the Chairman of Southport Group Children’s Christmas Party Committee, and after consultation with Andrew Pickering, manager of trusts and commissioning, it was decided that as Christmas was just around the corner, it would be an appropriate time to bring some cheer and joy to those children most in need.
After much deliberation, it was decided to make a generous donation of £530, to fund the purchase of electronic games consuls and games, to be used by older children in the HUB at the hospice. This will enable them to relax in an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment and provide a distraction away from the stresses and strains of their illness. Furthermore, it would provide an opportunity for the families to have much needed time off together.
Rhyanna Morris, one of the hospice’s community fundraisers explained: “The hospice is a place where the children and their families can come for care and help for as long as it is needed.” She further expressed her sincere thanks for the continued generosity of the Southport Freemasons.
It is hoped that the games bring happiness and some excitement to those children in desperate need of relief and distraction from their illness.