In the heart of Europe, in Hungary, the Light of My Eyes Foundation and the Dóri Children’s Hospice House held their own Children’s Hospice Week. In this small country, just like in England, a well-known person was the patron of the event. Anita Herczegh, the wife of the President of Hungary, personally visited the children’s hospice house and got to know the children and families of ’Dóri Ház’.
For eight day, the foundation entertained supporters with family programmes. During the opening ceremony an excerpt from play about hospice, called Grace and Gloria, was performed by two members of the National Theatre of Pécs. With the help of the touching and funny story of Tom Ziegler everyone could understand what the service is about. After the performance families created their own crests. In the creative room of the Dóri Children’s Hospice House the parents and their children started to make their symbols together. They used symbols from which
they were hoping for protection on their difficult journey and which reflected the personality of the child. On the second day everyone was invited to visit ’Dóri Ház’ while the children were entertained in the garden with a number of exciting activities. The visitors could see the medical tools, the rooms, such as the therapy room and the chapel.
Throughout the remainder of the week in Pécs, the hometown of the hospice house, the foundation promoted the importance of the support provided to children and families and the mission of the organization. There was a giant-bubble-making activity, the children were shown an exhibition of the emergency services and the foundation also invited everyone to join in a procession through the town which had a carnival atmosphere.
The staff who work at the children’s hospice house spent many weeks beforehand preparing for these events. Thanks to their hard work on the day of the “Giant bubbles for little heroes” colourful bubbles filled the centre of the city. On the day of “The extraordinary acts of the everyday heroes” children could see an ambulance, a fire-engine, a police car and meet the the team of the Counter Terrorism Centre. Everyone could try out being in the huge cars and see and touch all their tools and equipment. On the day of the “Comics and action games” a professional gave a presentation and there were creative activities for the fans. The children made their own comic strips with good and bad characters and their stories.
In the stadium of the premier league football team of the city there was a football game on the day of the “Hero Father’s Day”, where the fathers and the sons got to play together in a charity game. At the closing event the families and supporter held a combined procession in the city centre of Pécs. During the playing of the pan pipes by János Kegye, a world-famous pan flute player, everyone let balloons fly away with their wishes.
In Hungary people are not very aware of the children’s hospice services but the events of this week will help people to remember the name of the Light of My Eyes Foundation and the ’Dóri Ház’. Throughout the programme, both healthy and seriously ill children spent time together and people got to see how the families of the sick children put their trust in the care team and the wonderful and caring treatment that their children receive from them.
The programme of this week helped to raise the profile of the work of the children’s hospice in Pécs and educated the public about the importance of the provision of such specialised care. You can watch a short video clip highlighting some of the events here and see more pictures of the activities here.