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Say it loud for children’s hospice

Fundraisers are being urged to go loud to raise money for Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People as it joins in this year’s Children’s Hospice Week.

Martin House is the children’s hospice for West, North and East Yorkshire and is taking part in UK charity Together for Short Lives week-long campaign, which takes place from the 22nd to 28th May, with the theme #UpTheVolume.

The campaign will be turning up the volume on children’s palliative care to raise awareness about the needs of seriously ill children and to celebrate lifeline services that children and families rely on.

Martin House supports children and young people, and their families, living with a life-limiting condition, both at its hospice in Boston Spa and in the community. Many of these children have complex health conditions and need round the clock care.

Children’s Hospice Week is the UK’s only awareness and fundraising week for these remarkable children and families, and the amazing children’s hospice and palliative care services that support them across the UK.

Martin House will be celebrating with art and music-themed activities at the hospice throughout the week.

Clair Holdsworth, director of care at Martin House, said: “The services we provide range from respite care, symptom control, emergency care and end of life care.

“But what that means to the families we care for is so much more. It can mean a good night’s sleep for parents who normally have to be up several times a night with their child.

“It’s a chance for children to create music and art with the help of our specialists, or to take trips out. It’s giving families time to spend together making memories, while we take the strain of the complex care their child requires.”

Help #UpTheVolume on children’s palliative care and raise money for Martin House with some of these ideas:

Noisy 9-5: Get your colleagues to turn up the volume for the day

    • Amp up your outfit – from neon colours to crazy hair…glam up, go loud and give.
    • Pay to play – lunchtime quiz to find out who’s top of the pops with a Children’s Hospice Week downloadable quiz.

Noisy Night: Grab your friends and go loud together 

    • Playlist party – get your pals round to play their top five tracks, dance and donate.
    • Karaoke competition – hold the ultimate sing-along and crown the best crooner.

There are so many ways to #UpTheVolume, so whatever you decide to do for Children’s Hospice Week – just do it LOUD and share it on social media.

To download free fundraising resources and for more ideas visit www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk/childrenshospiceweek. Visit www.martinhouse.org.uk to learn more about its work, future events and how to offer your support.