On Friday 11th January 2019 BPIF Carton Association held its annual Presidents lunch for its members. This is a unique opportunity to hear about and contribute to BPIF Cartons‘ plans and strategy, and to share current business issues with supply partners and colleagues.
Our hospices aren’t just about end of life care; they’re often very happy and fun places, where young people can live life to their full potential. They are places where families feel safe, at home and where they can spend quality time together.
We support families and care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling; all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies; at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), Quidenham (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich). More than half of our care and support is delivered in the family home and community, in surroundings familiar and comfortable for the family.’
We rely heavily on voluntary donations to support the services we are able to offer to families, children and young people with life-threatening conditions.
All of our support is provided free of charge and this year we need to raise almost £6 million to deliver our services across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. That equates to £16,800 a day, every day of the year.
There are an estimated 49,000 children and young people in the UK living with a life-threatening or life-limiting condition that may require palliative care services. Caring for a child or young person with a life-threatening illness, often for 24 hours a day seven days a week, can put a huge strain on family life. Life can become governed by the timetable of nursing and medical needs.
Careers may have to be put on hold, healthy brothers and sisters can feel left out and regular family activities and holidays can be rare. During all of this, families are going through a process of grieving.
Our care and support is tailored for the needs of all family members and delivered where the families wish – in their own home, at hospital, in the community or at one of three hospices in Ipswich, Milton and Quidenham.
We currently care for 374 children and young people and 388 family members receiving face-to-face support.
The support we provide includes short-break care, emotional and psychological support, symptom management, care at end of life, bereavement support and many activities and therapies.
Together we can make a difference to the lives of families across East Anglia. We need fundraisers and volunteers to support us to keep our important services running for those who need us most.’