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Celebrating 10 years of being a home-from-home for families

10 years ago this year, we got the key to the brand-new, purpose-built Russell House, the key that unlocked vital and pioneering care for local children and their families, all under one roof.

Since then, Russell House has become a real home-from-home for hundreds of families, somewhere they can feel safe, supported and able to make the most of every moment.

Families like Susan’s. Susan’s daughter Maci spent the last few days of her life at Russell House. She was just 13 and had been suffering from a brain tumour.

“Russell House was like a home-from-home, somewhere safe and special for us all to be together. Maci was well cared for at the hospital, but it was clinical. It felt out of my control. At Russell House, it was about what we wanted. The whole family could be here, Maci’s little sister Ruby could play on the swing in the garden, I could have a bath, we could all have Sunday dinner – and still be close to Maci. We feel lucky that we were able to come to Russell House, to spend time with Maci somewhere comfortable, somewhere like home. For me, Russell House is where Maci is. That’s why I fundraise for Forget Me Not. I want Russell House to always be here. For me and for other families like mine.”

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That Russell House is here at all is down to the hard work and sheer determination of families, volunteers, staff and supporters. And it will only be here in 10 years’ time, ensuring hundreds more families facing or living with the loss of their child get the care they so desperately need, with your continued support.

“Russell House was like a home-from-home, somewhere safe and special for us all to be together"

Throughout 2021, we’ll be marking this milestone birthday by remembering the many lives lived and memories made at the hospice, by celebrating how together we created a very special place and by looking ahead to the next 10 years.

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There are lots of ways you can get involved in our 10 year celebrations


As an individual

Set up a regular donation

Could you make a small regular gift throughout this milestone year?

Take part in one of our events

Keep an eye on our events page as we launch a calendar packed with new exciting events

Do your own thing

Whether you have an idea of your own or would like some help from one of our fundraisers - the possibilities are endless!

As a business

Join our 99er business club 

In 2021, you can join our 99er business club for just £10 per month!

Sign up to payroll giving

Could you make it easy for your employees to give monthly by signing up?

Choose us as charity of the year

There's never been a better year to choose us as your charity partner! We've got a lot to celebrate about the past 10 years, but need your help to be here for another 10. Get in touch if your company is looking for an exciting charity partner for 2021!

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10 Year news

All the latest news, announcements and stories from our 10 year celebrations!

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We're celebrating 10 years with a full calendar of events and challenges for you to enjoy! Look out for the launch of a brand new event where we challenge you to take on a firewalk. And the very welcome return of our hugely popular Colour Run!

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    Leeds Half Marathon

    Dates: 09 May, 2021
    Half marathon across the heart of Leeds City Centre.
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    Leeds 10K

    Leeds 10k

    Dates: 04 Jul, 2021
    Great personal best potential!
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    Great north run

    Great North Run

    Dates: 12 Sep, 2021
    The world’s greatest half marathon!
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    Great manc run

    Great Manchester Run

    Dates: 23 May, 2021
    A running event like no other!
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    10K Challenge

    Dates: 01 Jan – 31 Mar, 2021
    Can you take on our 10k challenge to celebrate our 10 year anniversary?
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    Dates: 11 Sep, 2021
    What an incredible rush!
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    Dates: 12 Jun, 2021
    What an incredible rush!
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    Dates: 24 Apr, 2021
    What an incredible rush!
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Take a tour of Russell House

If you've never been to Russell House, our purpose-built children’s hospice, then why not take a virtual tour? Join us on a 360 tour as we show you round and tell you more about what we do here to support children with life-shortening conditions and their families.

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