Simon Cowell has once again shown his support for Children’s Hospice Week: the UK’s only awareness and fundraising week for children with life-limiting conditions and the services, like children’s hospices, that support them.
Together for Short Lives, the UK’s leading children’s palliative care charity and the driving force behind Children’s Hospice Week, welcomed Simon Cowell’s call on the people of the UK to be a hero and help raise funds for children’s hospice services during his visit to Helen & Douglas House children’s and young adult’s hospice last week. As well as meeting children and their families, Simon also met Sister Frances Dominica, founder of Helen House, the world’s first children’s hospice.
Children’s Hospice Week takes place this year between 26 April and 3 May, culminating with Superhero Friday – a special day of hero inspired fundraising in recognition of the hospices which, like superheroes, are there for people when they need them most. The focus of the week is on siblings in order to raise awareness of how the whole family is affected by a child’s illness and how services support brothers and sisters through special groups and activities.
The easiest way for people to get involved in Children’s Hospice Week is by taking part in Superhero Friday on 3 May. Those keen to participate are asked to dress up as a superhero and make a donation, sponsor a friend or colleague to be a hero for the day, or take part in the superhero sweepstake. Alternatively supporters can be a hero for an hour by donating an hour of their wages, volunteering for an hour, or raising as much money as possible in an hour to help children and families make the most of their precious time together. Every penny raised will help to make a lifetime of difference to children and families.
A number of other celebrities have also shown their support for Children’s Hospice Week this year, including Jools Oliver and Joanna Lumley. Asked what superpower she would like to have, Joanna Lumley said: “I would choose the Time Travel X-Ray option…. because I could go back to meet Shakespeare and see dinosaurs, I could x-ray the innermost strata of mountains and see the insides of stars: being super-human I could manipulate people away from doing evil things to animals: with speed I could race storms and skim over oceans, and be back before I started: and being elastic I could reach into mole-hills to see their sleek-coated life amongst the worms, and crawl across the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral and get into size 6 dresses.”
A fundraising guide, packed with ideas and inspiration to get everyone involved is available. To download the guide and to find out more about Children’s Hospice Week and read about the other celebrities that support it, go to: http://www.childrenshospiceweek.org.uk