Hope House is celebrating being awarded a grant of £108,380 over three years by BBC Children in Need to help make a difference to the lives of local disadvantaged children and young people.

The grant will go towards tour Sibling Support Service, which gives help and support to the brothers and sisters of children who use the hospice.

Specialist staff help them to adapt to the changes in their lives caused by living with a brother or sister with a life-threatening condition. Each young person has a bespoke programme of therapeutic emotional or bereavement support to help them process their feelings or cope with their loss.

The BBC Children in Need grant will pay for exciting trips and activities as part of that programme, including a bush-craft activity day, trips to the zoo and team-building challenges such as raft-building and zip-wires at a local activity centre.

The grant will also fund group project work around friendship-making, a film and animation project and creative music workshops.

Helping to avoid emotional difficulties

Hope House Head of Community Care, Jane Trevor said: “We are thrilled that BBC Children in Need is helping us to support brothers and sisters of terminally ill children across the region.

“The therapeutic activities funded by the grant can help enable children to avoid emotional difficulties in later life. Bringing siblings together also helps children and young people to realise that they are not alone and this mutual support reduces their isolation.

“Hope House provides this support for siblings for as long as they need help, which can be for the duration of their childhood.”

BBC Children in Need relies on the generosity and creativity of thousands of supporters and fundraisers who raise millions of pounds for the charity every year. To date the UK public has raised over £1 billion for children and young people facing disadvantage across the UK.

Pictured above are brothers and sisters enjoying a sibling support music workshop at Tŷ Gobaith this summer.

Our grant from Children in Need is amazing, but we still need to raise more than £6 million every year to continue to provide vital care for all the terminally ill children and their families who need our support. If you too believe in what we do and would like to help please donate today. Thank you!