19th August 2022
A hearty group of 8 Morgans assembled at Rainbows Children’s Hospice one sunny Friday morning in August. We should have been 9 but Roger & Linda had fallen foul of a lurgy and were not able to attend. The plan was to meet Jenny from the fundraising team and then for the Rainbows Siblings group to spend some time with the cars. A lively group of youngsters and their Rainbows team came out to greet us. They spent over an hour looking at the cars, sitting in them and asking all sorts of questions.
All too soon, it was time for them to return to the rest of their day. At that point, we took a few pictures and retired to the Manor House at Quorn. Most of us went straight to the correct pub too. The Manor House was as friendly as usual and after a pleasant lunch, people started to drift off. Woody claimed that he was off to buy a shed but few of us believed him. After the initial exodus, one or two started talking about puddings. Phil had planned ahead and pre-ordered a pud. When this arrived, there was a stampede to find menus and one or two then succumbed. My sources tell me that the Chocolate Brownie Sundae was very good.
Whilst we were at Rainbows, we held a quick collection and raised £105 which we donated to the Hospice.
Many thanks to all those who supported this event – it was a great chance to use our cars to cheer up some lovely young people. At least two went away to start saving!
If you missed this event and would like to visit Rainbows (the music room alone is worth the visit!), they have an open day on 17th September 10am to 4pm – all details on their web site: https://www.rainbows.co.uk/fundraise/events/open-day
Rainbows opened in 1994 and was founded by Gail and Harry Moore, whose daughter, Laura, died of Leukaemia in 1989. Laura’s favourite thing in the world was a rainbow.
Rainbows helps families make the most of every precious moment, while capturing memories and keepsakes to treasure. It provides care and support for 300 children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their whole family, across the East Midlands. The care Rainbows offers is wide ranging; palliative care and end of life care, symptom management, emergency care, respite and short breaks and is available in the hospice, at home and in hospitals. The charity offers comfort and compassion during tough times, provides the highest level of professional care until the end, and support after. Simply put, Rainbows is there to brighten short lives, and support families. It costs over £6 million a year to run the hospice and its services, and relies on the support of its fundraisers.
For those who want to know more about Rainbows Children’s Hospice, here are a few videos that explain things:
- Sam and Alex on Children in Need 2019 – YouTube – showing a family supported by Rainbows
- Busting myths about children’s hospices – YouTube – busting the myths about children’s hospices/Rainbows
- Take a tour of Rainbows – YouTube – a tour of Rainbows