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Ollie's cherished Gromit collection donated to hospice

12 April 2024 CHSW Care

The family of a disabled boy who loved Aardman’s Gromit the dog character has donated his special collection of the models to the hospice which cared for him.

Ollie Lewis’s family began his collection of Gromit characters, made famous by the Aardman Animation film series Wallace and Gromit, when he was just a baby.

The collection quickly grew, with friends and family making sure Ollie always had the latest model of Wallace’s famous 4-legged sidekick for the display in his bedroom.

Her Majesty The Queen visits Charlton Farm

21 December 2023 chsw Care, Fundraising

A small number of children, families, staff and supporters were delighted when Her Majesty The Queen paid a visit to Charlton Farm children’s hospice in North Somerset on Thursday 14 December.

Her Majesty, Royal Patron of Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), was taken on a tour of the children’s hospice by Co-Founder and CEO Eddie Farwell, Patricia Morris, Chair of Trustees along with Charlton Farm’s Head of Care Karen Greaves and Medical Director, Emma Heckford.

Magical memories made at the Tunnel of Lights

05 December 2023 chsw Care

Families currently receiving care and support from 2 Cornish charities enjoyed the opportunity to make some special memories at the Tunnel of Lights Christmas attraction at Charlestown’s Shipwreck Treasure Museum.

The museum provided complimentary and exclusive access to the festive event before it opened to the public for families with a child or children with a life-limiting condition and being cared for by Children’s Hospice South West. 

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee tree to be planted at Little Harbour

19 October 2022 chsw Care

The Little Harbour children’s hospice in St Austell has been presented with a tree from Her Late Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee tree sculpture.

The spectacular 21-metre-high ‘Tree of Trees’ sculpture, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, was made up of 350 saplings from British native trees and formed the centrepiece of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations outside Buckingham Palace in June.

10 years of Little Harbour

28 September 2022 chsw Care, Fundraising

This year Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is celebrating 10 years of providing care and support to local families at its Little Harbour children’s hospice in St Austell. 

Little Harbour opened its doors in December 2011 following the success of the Precious Lives Appeal which saw £5 million raised by the local community in just four years to fund the build of the hospice on land at Porthpean which was kindly donated by local farming couple; the Late Howard and Shirley Rosevear. 

Kevin’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang replica raises smiles at children’s hospice

21 July 2022 chsw Care

A dedicated super fan of the 1968 classic film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang embarked on a lockdown project to create a replica of the flying car featured in the film.

Kevin Edge, a retired kitchen fitter from Lympstone, made the magical car in his workshop, using various materials, including household objects such as a toilet brush holder and a thermal flask. 

CHSW welcomes Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge’s personal message of support to mark Children’s Hospice Week 2022

21 June 2022 chsw Care

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge has sent a personal message of support for Children’s Hospice Week 2022, asking everyone to join her in celebrating the extraordinary work the UK’s 54 children’s hospices do for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, helping families make the most of their lives together, no matter how short. The Duchess is Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).