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!
Unleash your inner dragon!
Unleash your inner dragon!
Perfect for workmates, friends or family, gather your crew together for our exciting Dragon Boat Race!
In this exciting, fun and highly competitive challenge, your team of 16 paddlers (and a drummer to keep the rhythm) will take part in at least three 250m races in dragon-decorated boats, cheered on by spectators! The fastest crews go through to the semis and finals, with medals for the top three.
Those watching from the shore will have plenty to entertain them too. There's an onsite cafe, Forget Me Not pop up shop, tombola and face-painting, and you're welcome to bring your own team gazebo and BBQ. So why not make a proper day of it?!
Who can take part?
Anyone! Groups of friends, sports clubs, work colleagues, families - all are invited to fire up their inner dragon! No previous dragon boat racing experience required!
If you can’t gather 17 people together, don’t worry, it is recommended to have a minimum of 10 plus the drummer. You must be over 12 and be able to swim at least 50 metres to take part.
Entry fee: £300 per team of 17
(Teams will be invoiced 3 months prior to the event, payment is required in full 1 month prior to the event)
Sponsorship pledge: £1000 per boat
Distance: 250m course, raced at least 3 times
Location: Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield
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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