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!
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Be a hero for children and families!
Be a hero for Forget Me Not by taking on your own sponsored gaming challenge. Whether you choose a solo Fortnite marathon, speed running or a gaming tournament with friends, set your own challenge and play at a time to suit you. Level up your fundraising by live-streaming your game to encourage your followers to donate while you play.
Join our #FMNHeroes by signing up today for just £5. Then choose your challenge, set your fundraising target and get playing. Once you’ve completed your challenge, let us know and we’ll send you a special 10 year anniversary medal to celebrate your hero status. Anyone who raises over £50 will also receive a Forget Me Not t-shirt!
Why support Forget Me Not?
Local children with life-shortening conditions and their families need heroes. They need people like you to step up and play the game. To play to win, to play to raise vital funds that mean we can be here to support them, whatever their future holds. To be here to help families spend precious time together, making magical memories to last a lifetime and to be here to support them through the most difficult times imaginable.
At Russell House, our children’s hospice, we’ve been caring for children and families for 10 years, helping them feel a little less exhausted, a little less alone and a lot more supported. In 2021, we’re celebrating our 10th birthday and need heroes to help us ensure we can continue to be here for the next 10 years too.
Are you ready to be a hero for local children and families?
Download our gaming guide for everything you need to start playing and fundraising!
Please note: If the game you are playing is 18+ rated you must make sure you mark your stream age appropriately on your streaming platform. Similarly if the language will not be PG you must make it clear to any potential viewer. Please be respectful when representing Forget Me Not Children's Hospice.
If you're aged 16 or under, please do not use streaming platforms. Make sure you play age-appropriate gaming and only with the support of a responsible adult.
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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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