Campaign to help Island children

By Sara Bryce

Friday, March 8, 2013

 

Campaign to help Island children

Isle of Wight youngster Sophie Rolf.

THE need for children’s hospice care on the Isle of Wight has been highlighted today (Friday) following an announcement of a collaboration between Sophie Rolf charity KissyPuppy and the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

As reported earlier, the KissyPuppy, charity founded to support Sophie Rolf, five — who has an inoperable brain tumour — is to work with the hospice to develop interim services on the Island.

Sophie’s case has helped to highlight a lack of services for children on the Island, with families having to travel to Naomi House in Winchester.

Plans to develop interim services, until long-term proposals are decided, were revealed today (Friday).

They include extending information and support services at the John Cheverton Centre to children and young people, offering an opportunity to IW NHS Trust to offer clinical end-of-life services in rooms in the main hospice that can be allocated to families with children suffering from life-limiting illnesses.

Sophie's family and the Earl Mountbatten Hospice have worked out that a figure of £10,000 will be needed to support the first stage of the development of children's hospice care, and all funds raised by KissyPuppy will now go towards the project.

For more about the project, please see next week’s Isle of Wight County Press, Friday, March 15.

Angel (Sophie's Song), written by Island musician 17-year-old musician Sam Sheasby after he was touched by Sophie's story, has been released on CD and will be available to buy from Sydenhams in Newport and all Earl Mountbatten Hospice shops soon. All proceeds will go towards the KissyPuppy and hospice fund.

See the video below:

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk

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