I was kindly shown around Jigsaw Children's Hospice in Carlisle by their corporate relationship co-ordinator Natalie Bingham to learn more about what they do and see how local businesses and individuals can support this amazing charity.
I hadn't realised that Jigsaw covers the whole of Cumbria or that the families of children and young adults with life limiting conditions can stay on site too.
Looking around, I was struck by the amount of thought and effort that has gone into the hospice and saw first-hand how the many tremendous contributions from local (and national) businesses, local groups, donations from individuals and the work of volunteers makes such a difference. Below are the photos I took but they don't even cover all the rooms - it is a large building.
Like all charities, Jigsaw constantly need money to be able to provide their vital services with costs ranging from funding high-tech equipment to specialist nurses.
You can see the various ways you're able to support them on their website including via home money boxes and a corporate challenge where you are given £50 and you have three months to turn it to as much cash as possible - the list is extensive and they would also be open to any new fundraising suggestions https://www.jigsawhospice.org/support-us/fundraise
If you would also like to find out more, and to have a look around, Jigsaw Children's Hospice also do open days so you can get in touch with them with you details so they can inform you of the next available dates.
|A lovely room that welcomes the children, young adults and their families.|
|An adjustable table they have received recently from a kind donation from Newcastle Building Society.|
|Table can easily adjusted to allow for children in wheel chairs.|
|A versatile Cinema room for the children and young adults that can be moved around and can fit 2 beds as well so they can watch a film.|
|A nice bath to enable the children and young adults the opportunity to have a bubble bath as they don't have the facility to enable them at home.|
|They have all kinds of beds to help with each child's condition and each room can be personalised so it feels like home.|
|One of the rooms- this was particularly were decorated by the Carlisle United Players|
|A recently done hallway by volunteers and with contribution from businesses that has a sensory element -bird sounds, lights and you can touch the circular shapes that feel like grass.|
|To give the children something to look up to as they get wheeled down the sensory hallway.|
|The Butterfly Room |