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.”
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.
"As Royal Patron to Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice I am immensely proud and delighted that 2021 is the 10th anniversary of Russell House being built. I know that over the last 10 years hundreds of children and families have benefitted from having Russell House as a real home-from-home where they can get the care and support they so desperately need..”
-HRH Princess Beatrice
In Celebration of our 10th birthday, we've launched our very special mega raffle! That’s right - our raffle will be bigger and better than ever, with over double the potential winnings than our regular draws. What better way to support us in our 10th year than by grabbing a ticket or two? Who knows... You might even win the grand prize!
Find out more and get your tickets here.
During our 10th year, we're offering free wills to our supporters for the first time ever!
If you don't already have a will, now is the perfect time to secure your family's future and get one sorted.
Find out more about our free wills here.
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!
10 Year news
All the latest news, announcements and stories from our 10 year celebrations!
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!
01 January 2021 08:00
- 31 December 2021 23:00
Can you take on our 10k challenge to celebrate our 10 year anniversary?
2021 is the 10th anniversary of our children’s hospice, Russell House, being built. To celebrate 10 years of being a home-from-home for children and families and to get the year off to a great start, we’re setting you a challenge. Or, more precisely, we’re asking you to set your own 10k challenge!
Date: Choose a date to suit you!
Where: Choose a venue to suit you. In your garden, the local park or up and down the stairs perhaps.
Set your own 10k challenge
What's your personal Everest? A 10km run every day for 10 days? Or a 10km walk over the course of a week. Or 10,000 steps a day? In our 10k challenge, it's you who sets the goal you want to achieve. Walk, run or jog your 10k challenge wherever suits you – at home, in the garden, round your local park. And you can do it whenever suits you too.
Do the challenge on your own or with your bubble – as it’s you that sets the challenge you can make sure it’s suitable for everyone in your household, whatever their age or fitness level.
Track your progress using a fitness app or your phone's health app and once you've completed your challenge, send us the proof and you'll receive a special 10th anniversary medal to reward your magnificent achievement!
Once you’ve decided on your personal challenge, create a Justgiving page so that friends and family can sponsor you to help raise vital funds for Forget Me Not. Everyone who raises £50 or more will receive a Forget Me Not t-shirt.
Registration fee: £5 to receive a medal once completed challenge.
Sponsorship pledge: Raise as much as you can. Anyone who raises over £50 will receive a free Forget Me Not t-shirt.
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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