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Bring Wildlife into Children’s lives

About the project

A Robin’s Song is an appeal in support of Children’s Hospice South West and particularly its hospice at Little Harbour in Cornwall. Our aim is to enrich the time that children and families spend there by bringing wildlife closer to them.

My wife Lizzie and I regularly take our daughter Alice, aged eleven, and our son Thomas, aged nine, who has a life-limiting condition, to Little Harbour. Here, and previously at Little Bridge House in Devon, we have benefited greatly from the wonderful facilities, care and support on offer.

As a full-time wildlife artist, I know the life-enhancing benefits and pleasure that the natural world can bring to people of all ages – especially children. The song of a robin or the sight of butterflies amongst wild flowers can do so much. Unfortunately, although there is an abundance of wildlife in the area around Little Harbour, there is little in the grounds themselves or near the building, apart from a family of hares.

A Robin’s Song will fund the provision of habitats, nest boxes, feeding stations , Wildflower meadow and other features to attract wildlife to Little Harbour. We hope to exceed our initial goals and to raise much-needed funds to help with the running costs of the hospices.

Ian Griffiths

Children's hospice south west

Children’s Hospice South West provides the only hospice care in the South West for children with life-limiting conditions.  This means that these children are not expected to survive into adulthood.  Our three hospices – Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm in North Somerset, and Little Harbour in Mid Cornwall – provide respite care and support for those children and their families who are having to cope with the most difficult of situations. We also provide a full range of palliative, emergency, and end of life care and bereavement support.  

We provide a loving and caring place for every member of every family who stays with us; a sanctuary for mums and dads, brothers and sisters.  A place where everyone can begin to forget their worries for a while, be a family again and find expert help and support in facing an uncertain future.  And because we are there every hour of every day, we are able to provide a listening ear at any time, but most particularly, during the night when life can seem a little more difficult.

As with our other two hospices, Little Harbour, our ‘hospice by the sea’ in Porthpean, has everything a sick child and their family needs to make their stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.  It offers a real home from home environment, including a main living area that forms the heart and soul of the house, cosy lounges, a messy play room for carefree creativity, a multi-sensory room with lights, sounds and textures to soothe and calm, a soft play area for safe, trouble-free fun, and a jacuzzi for relieving stiff joints and muscle spasms.  There are views out across St Austell Bay, the Clay County, and nearby woodlands from the top of the ‘Crow’s Nest’, and beautiful gardens surrounding the house provide a haven for families staying at the hospice.

You can find out more about Little Harbour and the wonderful care we provide at www.chsw.org.uk

Sneak peak

16th—30th September

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Over 100 artists worldwide have donated 300 pieces of art to sell to raise funds for the project

We have now raised over £5000 to get the project off the ground and a further £950 going directly to the hospice from the prize draw.

Latest progress

The Chairman and some Trustees and staff of the Cornwall wildlife trust and other supporters met at the hospice in December to see the hospice and the grounds but most importantly how the hospice functions and the role it plays in the children and their families lives.

We are now meeting at the end of January to put forward a proposal of the ideas and findings to the Chairman of the Children's hospice Southwest for consideration.

We have some very exciting ideas to really make a difference to children's lives and bring wildlife closer to achieve that aim.

Project partners helping us move forward.

A full list of all our supporters who have helped the project get  this far can be found on the supporters and artists pages