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SPRING 2013

www.zoes-place.org.uk

Tel: 0151 228 0353

Dear friends It’s a pleasure to welcome you to our Spring/Summer edition of the SMILE newsletter. It has been a busy 6 months since you last heard from us all here at Zoë’s Place and we have tried to squeeze as much in to this edition as possible. Unfortunately we never have enough space within our magazine to acknowledge all of our wonderful supporters but more details can be found by visiting our website www.zoes-place.org/liverpool which is constantly updated with fundraising news and events. You can also follow us on facebook and twitter. I would like to make a special mention of a fantastic donation that we have recently received here at the hospice. Lifelites are an award winning national charity who help support UK children’s hospices by raising funds to purchase specialist technology. We were overwhelmed by a fantastic technology package donated by Lifelites to Zoë’s Place which includes: a 23” touch screen computer with a huge range of software, specialist toys and cameras. This package will of course be used for play but the interaction will greatly aid learning, development and communication skills as the items are designed to build an understanding of cause and effect. Our package was specifically supported by West Lancashire Freemasons and we were delighted to welcome Barry Jameson to Zoë's Place to see first hand the equipment and find out about the difference this will make to our children. This donation has also been made thanks to the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity who have made a substantial donation to Lifelites so that they are able to support hospices like ours. Pip Tyler, Vice Chair of The Thomas Cook Children's Charity said, “The technology Lifelites provides has such a positive impact on both the children and their families and we're thrilled that we can help them offer this to more and more hospices throughout the UK.” Our donors have contributed in so many ways towards the work of the Hospice, be it time, expertise, energy or funds. We are so grateful to everyone who continues to make Zoë’s Place Liverpool such a wonderful place for our special babies to come and stay. Carol Kirkham, Fundraising Manager P.S Children’s Hospice Week takes place this year from 26 April - 3 May and culminates with Superhero Friday - a special hero inspired day of fundraising. Up and down the country, childrens hospices will run fundraising events and activities and it provides a great opportunity for you to raise funds for your local children's hospice. For more information please visit our website


p l e h e w w o H Lacys Story

Lacy was born 16th September 2010 with two rare brain conditions, Dandy Walker and Periventricular Hetitopia. Lacy's conditions mean she has very poor motor development skills, has to have all fluids via a Micky Button, and her brain activity is extremely active which results in long periods of very poor sleep patterns. Her long term conditions at this time are unknown due to how rare her conditions are and doctors and care specialists can only presume on probability but there is a possibility that she will develop ADHD and Epilepsy. Caring for Lacy can be very tiring and difficult and as she has three other siblings the balance at times becomes uncontrollable. Zoë's Place has been there from the start for us and the support they have given to us could never be measured and to use the word priceless would not seem enough. Not only does the respite give us time to re-charge, but the one-to-one care Lacy receives has helped her development amazingly. The staff at Zoë's are more than just staff they have become family and provide care and suport to the whole family. Sadly the same services are often very difficult to gain through the NHS. It frightens me to imagine life without Zoë's Place and this im sure would be felt by all families who use Zoë’s Place.

Hospice News MESSAGE FROM FLO, HEAD OF CARE fundraising

Since the last edition of SMILE, it has been really busy here in the Hospice, but as you will see below our children have had a fantastic Christmas and our Sensory Garden is now open and in use for our children to use. For this year we are aim to continue to improve on the facilities we are able to offer not only to the children but also their families through upgrades to our family accommodation and parents room.

Queenies Christmas Party We are so grateful to all the individuals who donate as it allows us to care for the children and also create lasting memories for the families. In December we held our annual Christmas party for the children coming to Zoë’s Place and their families. This was funded and organised by our very good friend Herbert Howe and his charity Queenies Christmas which does a huge amount to support many worthy causes. The party was a massive success and was without a doubt the biggest party we have had! The children had a fabulous magical time and there was even a few tears of joy shed! We are so grateful to Herbert for his generous support.

Bella Roses Story My name is Samantha. I am mummy to Bella Rose who is now nearly 14 months old. At my 20 week scan it was picked up that Bella had skeletal dysplasia a form of dwarfism and then that Bella had Osteogenesis Imperfecta type 3, commonly known as brittle bones which means her bones fracture very easily and often with no apparent reason. Bella is a very happy, bubbly little baby and has the sweetest, funniest little personality, she is so clever and so bright. She loves being in water whether that’s in the bath or the hydrotherapy pool at Zoë’s place. We absolutely love Zoë's place and it is the only time I'm 100% comfortable being away from Bella that I'm confident she's in the safest hands possible. I just know by how excited Bella gets when she gets there that she has so much fun and she adores everyone there, she loves all the attention. It was so hard in the early stages of Bella's diagnosis and I was finding it really difficult emotionally and physically caring for Bella on my own. Zoë's place offered me respite and it has been a God send for simple things that you take for granted like, sleep, Sunday 23rd June 2013 shopping and even cleaning that's made difficult when you have a Summer Fair at Broughton Hall School child with a very serious condition. I consider all staff at Zoë's as an extended family and am forever grateful to everybody there for all Friday 28th June 2013 - 11th their love and support and for making life a little easier for me and Annual Golf Day at Childwall Golf Club so much more fun for Bella, its our home from home. We are always made welcome and there is always time for a coffee and Saturday 3rd August 2013 chat. The charity deserves all the support it can get and the staff as Liverpool Cathedral Charity Abseil individuals deserve all the praise I can give them. I'm so grateful to each and everyone of them for all the kindness they've shown to Date TBA me and Bella xxx Ladies Summer Lunch

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Sensory Garden Our sensory garden has been designed and renovated through the support of Laing O’ Rourke and as a result of funding made by Liverpool Primary Care Trust’s Natural Choices grant scheme and through funds raised by the Liverpool One Church. This garden previously was empty and uninspiring. The garden has now been transformed into a special garden where the children can play, explore and enjoy the plants and flowers. We are waiting for the spring to arrive so we can enjoy the garden and lovely weather!

Parents Pamper Day We have held a pamper day for the mums at the hospice as a special treat for mothers day. They enjoyed relaxing holistic treatments and refreshments, but it also provided an opportunity to chat to the other mums. We were able to off this day due to the therapists providing their time and skills at no cost.


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Corporate support -

Corporate social responsibility is becoming an increasingly important element within the business environment. Whether it be by volunteering, payroll giving, corporate sponsorship, charity of the year partnerships or simply by events and donations, corporate support helps businesses to fulfil their commitment to the local community and helps our charity to raise the vital funds needed to run our hospice.

Our fantastic friends from Arriva North West have made an amazing donation to Zoë's Place of £25,000 raised from their annual golf day held at Formby Hall Golf resort on the 29th June. This brings the total raised by Arriva since 2008 to in excess of £100,000 would like to thank from left Linda Tinsley, Phil Cummins, Howard Farrall and everyone at Arriva for their support.

Prescot Rotary Club -

The club has donated its proceeds from its annual fireworks display held at Whittakers Garden Centre for many years now and once again have recently made yet another fantastic donation to our hospice of £4,000 which brings their total raised to a massive £15,500. We would like to say a huge thank you to John & Paul Beesley of Whittaker’s Garden Centre for their support in hosting the event and of course Philip Dyer, Tony Devereux and member of the Rotary Club for their fantastic support.

Trusts and Foundation Support -

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Baxter healthcare -

Staff from Baxter’s have continued to raise funds for our hospice from the sale of wooden pallets. With a most recent donation of £4,000 the total they have now raised for our charity is £41,085.

Zoë’s Place relies upon the support of independent grant makers such as trusts and foundations to maintain our free of charge care services to our special babies and their families. Grants help to provide specialist care and nursing or to purchase specific equipment for our babies to benefit from. We are indebted to supporters who help us to provide and maintain the highest quality care and support to those in the most need.

Freemasons Grand Charity -

We were absolutely delighted to hear that we had once again been chosen to receive funding from the Charity and even more delighted to hear that the grant would be for £1,870 which will make a huge difference to the care we provide to our children. The Freemasons Grand Charity has been a long term supporter of ours and in total have donated far in excess of £10,000 for the benefit of our special babies.

Charity of the Year Partners -

We are delighted to announce that Liverpool City Council, Longworth Building Solutions, Sutton Kersh Estate Agency and the Venmores Group have all nominated Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice as their Charity of the Year for 2013. Throughout this year they will be organizing all kinds of different fundraising activities to help support our charity and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Charity of the Year partners for their support.

Community Support -

Put simply, the support we receive from the community keeps the doors of Zoë’s Place open. We are so proud of the level of support we continue to receive from our community. The dedication, generosity and often hard-work undertaken by members of the public to raise funds for our charity never fails to impress and remains a vital part of our sustainability and development.

The Fashion Show -

We would like to say a huge thank you to Jessica Page for organizing the event to raise funds for our hospice. The show took place on the 22nd February at the prestigious Devonshire House Hotel and showcased a fantastic array of designers, music and exhibitions and raised £850 for our hospice.

Freemasons Cheque Presentation

The February Foundation & The Steel Charitable Foundation Both of the above Foundations made a very generous award of £5,000 each to our Hospice to help support the direct care that we provide to our special babies. The awards made support the costs of a Senior Care Assistant within our hospice who are central to the care within our hospice as they provide entertainment and look after the daily needs of these young children with due regard for individual, clinical and developmental needs.

Support from Schools -

Local Schools have been really busy getting involved all in kinds of wonderful activities to help to support our hospice. We are delighted to have launched our first round of Challenge100 which gives schools £100 and 3 months to try and raise a profit for Zoë’s Place (more details in the next edition). Our next round will soon be open so if your school would like to take part please contact John on 0151 228 0353.

St Oswalds RC Primary School -

The school organized a spectacular Spanish parade complete with Flamenco music, dance and of course fantastic outfits. In total the event raised a huge amount totaling £1,877 which will be used to provide care to our special babies.

B-FIT Personal Training -

PB-FIT held a charity boot camp and raffle at Merchant Taylors School raising a fantastic £569.71. Gaynor Stobie, owner and top Personal Trainer at B-Fit held the event to fundraise for Zoë's Place and introduce newcomers to the world of boot camps. There was a great mix of ages from 13-75 and abilities who turned up to have a go. We would like to thank everyone who took part and in particular, Gaynor for her hard work and support for our hospice.

Prescot Rotary Club

St Oswalds RC Primary School

B-Fit Cheque Presentation

St Sebastians RC Primary School -

Pupils from the school raised £200 through the sale of Hot Chocolate and Reindeer food at Christmas. We were delighted to be invited down to St Sebastian’s to be presented with the cheque where students and parents where also treated to a fantastic performance by pupils about the story of St Sebastian.

Terry and Babs -

tion Terry and Babs Cheque Presenta

For the past 20 years, Terry and Babs Cunliffe from Bickerstaffe have decorated their wonderful garden with thousands of Christmas lights and a vast array of Christmas decorations for all of the community to enjoy. Over the Christmas period they decided to nominate Zoë’s Place to fundraise for and through simply providing a collection bucket for visitors to make a donation, raised a colossal £1,663.17!

To find out more about our supporters please visit http://tinyurl.com/cl524p2

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Merchant Taylors Boys School - The School raised £1,000 for Zoë’s Place by asking students for a contribution for a non-uniform day. Students came down to Zoë’s Place to present the cheque to David Wilde, Community Fundraising Officer. Merchant Taylors Boys School

To find out more about our corporate supporters please visit http://zoes-place.org.uk/liverpool/index.php/fundraising-and-events

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BIKE VIETNAM and CAMBODIA

15th - 24th November 2014

How time flies! It seems like only yesterday but more than a year has passed since 20 brave participants jetted off to Cuba to complete an epic challenge cycling 250 miles to raise funds for our hospice. Our next challenge takes us through two of South East Asia’s most fascinating countries which have only opened up to foreign travellers in recent years. Starting in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and finishing at Angkor Wat in Cambodia, we’ll experience breathtaking scenery, timeless traditions, ancient temples and the warmth of the local people. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO? You will have to buy a bike if you haven’t already got one! This challenge is not easy. You will cycle an average of 50 miles per day over a five day period on mountain bikes over some rugged terrain. You will have to train for months and be really focused, it’s not just a holiday. We are also asking each participant to pay a £400 non refundable registration fee and then raise a further sponsorship of £2,800 but don’t worry, you will have plenty of time and we will be on hand to help support your fundraising every step of the way! HOW LONG AM I AWAY FOR? The trip is 10 days long but the actual cycling is condensed to 5 days. The rest of the time is for travel and also sightseeing. There is also an option to extend your stay just for ‘holiday time’ if you wish. WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME? Because the trip is some time away it will give you a real opportunity to get yourself fit. You will also have some great fun in getting your sponsorship money together whether it’s putting on a Karaoke night or sitting in a bath of baked beans! Between now and November 2014 you will always have the trip in the back of your mind. It’s hard work raising the money and even harder work getting to the level of fitness but you WILL find that you will come out of it as a better person. There is no upper limit on what you can raise… keep going! - For more information please contact John McCormack on 0151 228 0353/ 0755 701 9992 or email john@zoes-place.org.uk

ways to Support us open a Charity account today! We are pleased to announce that we have entered into a partnership with Furness Building Society to launch an affinity and charity account. The account is a fantastic way to generate much-needed income for us and here’s how it works: G As one of our supporters you open a Zoë’s Place charity savings account with Furness Building Society with just £1 and pay in as little or as much as you like up to £250,000

G You will receive a competitive rate of interest and have easy access to your savings G Each year the Furness pay to us 1% of the total balances in all of the Zoe’s Place charity savings accounts from their own funds, not from your interest

G The payment we receive from Furness Building Society doesn’t cost you a penny, but by saving in one of our charity accounts you will be helping to generate a cash payment to us each and every year!

Opening an account to support your charity couldn’t be simpler and there are now 4 different ways to do so: G G G G

Open your account online by visiting www.furnessbs.co.uk/zoesplace Call Furness Direct on 0800 834312 for an application form Download an application form from www.furnessbs.co.uk/zoesplace and send it through the post Visit a Furness Building Society branch or agency www.furnessbs.co.uk/find-a-branch/

Can we count on your support? Please open an account today and start saving in your Zoe’s Place affinity account!

been on holiday recently? A.W Byrne Contractors -

Zoë’s Place held its 6th annual boxing event in March at the prestigious Adelphi Hotel. The event once again saw the British Army take on the Merseyside and Cheshire select over 8 bouts. This would not have been possible without the hard work and support we have received from AW Byrne Contractors Ltd who for 6 years have been our event sponsors. The company was introduced to Zoë’s Place a number of years ago and were responsible for the major refurbishment and relocation of our hospice to far larger and more accessible space on the ground floor of our building which since completion has and will continue to benefit our special babies.

Zoes Place Christmas Events -

Our activities over the festive season once again proved to be a huge success. Our Light up a Life campaign is a special way to remember a loved one and from members of the community sponsoring lights on our trees around the city we have been able to raise in excess £5,000. We were also delighted to hold our very first Light up a Life service at St Mary’s Church in West Derby for families to come together and celebrate. Our Christmas Fair was held once again at Broughton Hall High School and offered a huge array of arts and craft, toys, sweets and activities to enjoy. We raised a phenomenal £4,541 thanks to your support.

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Don't clutter your cupboards with bags of foreign coins, send them to us! We are currently collecting any foreign coins in a collection box located in our reception area. Alternatively, feel free to drop them into one of our collection boxes around the city or send them to us at: Zoë's Place Baby Hospice, Life Health Centre, Yew Tree Lane, West Derby, Liverpool, L12 9HH.

Stamp donations We are currently collecting any unwanted, used or unused stamps which we can recycle to help raise funds for our hospice. Please send any to Zoë's Place, Life Health Centre, Yew Tree Lane, West Derby, Liverpool, L12 9HH. We are particularly interested in collecting any Swedish Treskilling Stamps as pictured which are worth around £1.6 million.

Remembering someone precious with a tribute fund Setting up your own online tribute is a simple and lasting means by which you can help support our hospice and remember a special person. More and more people are also choosing to create tribute sites online to accompany their gift in memory. We have formed a partnership with Much Loved – a tribute website that enables you to create a personalised memory of your loved one. It is completely free of charge and offers lots of different designs. Through Much Loved you can record memories, images and even sounds on your tribute.

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There are lots of ways that you can donate to ZoÍ’s Place to provide care to special babies who suffer with life limiting or life threatening conditions.

Useful Contacts: Carol Kirkham, Fundraising Manager. E: carol@zoes-place.co.uk Flo Bergquist, Head of Care. E: flo@zoes-place.co.uk

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Zoë's Place Baby Hospice - Smile Newsletter  

Spring 2013 edition of our SMILE magazine featuring up to date news, stories and ways in which you can support our Hospice.

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