Childrens Hospice Holidays

Rotary Club of Medway


Rotary Children’s Hospice Holidays

Most families see an infinite future for their offspring – we certainly expect our children to outlive us. However, for families with a child who suffers a life-limiting illness the spectre of the ‘perfect family life with a natural order’ is a dream they cannot realise.

Demelza Hospice Care for Children

Demelza Hospice Care for Children already provides invaluable support and respite care for such families, enacting its theme of

‘adding life to days, when days can’t be added to life’.

Rotary is a founder supporter of Demelza Hospice.

Ellenor Hospice Care for Children

Ellenor's purpose is to enable Children and Young People with life limiting and life threatening conditions to receive clinical care and support in their place of choice, which is overwhelmingly ‘taking the hospice to the child’s home’.

Rotary is a strong supporter of Ellenor Hospice.

Rotary Childrens Hospice Holidays

Following 20 years of providing adventure holidays for children with disabilities and able bodied youngsters to support them, in 2009 the Rotary Club of Medway launched the Rotary Childrens Hospice Family Holidays scheme. Each year since that date the Club has funded and led the annual 4 day holiday to Disneyland  Paris, taking 6 families from both Demelza and Ellenor Children's Hospices in Kent and South East London.  Recognising the difficulties that families from these Hospices have in arranging and managing a family holiday, the Rotary Club of Medway send 6 Nursing Staff from the Hospices, together with 8 Rotarians (who fund their own trip), to provide the support team for the families. The benefit to the families is indescribable – not only providing respite for the whole family, but affording them the opportunity to create memories for a lifetime that help them through the dark times such families frequently endure in the years to come.  Planning for the holidays takes 9 months and in 2013 one of the invited families suffered the loss of their child 5 months prior to the trip. The family chose to still travel on the holiday and in spite of their enormous sense of loss, found the experience massively therapeutic. The holidays don’t come cheap of course, so over the last 9 years the Rotary Club of Medway, supported by some other Clubs (Medway Sunlight Rotary and Sidcup Rotary in 2012), have together raised over £200k to ensure the holidays could go ahead. The 49 families who have experienced the trips continue to benefit from the lifetime memories that have been created, although sadly in at least four cases the holiday guest is no longer with us (see the Tribute below)

Click HERE to see Heartfelt Tribute to an Inspirational young lady

Click HERE to see the video of Rotary-Demelza Holiday May 2011

How You Can Help

If you wish to donate to this worthwhile cause – every penny of which will go to the provision of the holidays, then you can do so via Rotary Childrens Hospice Holidays Founder:

Rotarian David Hatcher
10 Chapman Avenue
Maidstone
Kent
ME15 8EG

Please make cheques payable to Medway Rotary Club and comment 'for hospice holidays' on the reverse. Many thanks. For further information contact davidhatchersrt@gmail.com Alternatively telephone

07771 831429 / 01622 765054 for more information.