On Friday 14th May, Louise Ellison and Paul Marsh of Andover Musical and Operatic Society were honoured and privileged to be given a tour of Naomi House.
Over the last year, AMOS has held various events such as Carol Singing and collections during their production of Scrooge to raise money been raising money for the hospice which provides support to children and young people with conditions that mean they are unlikely to live to become adults.
In total they raised £377.00 and were please to present a cheque to Deborah Speirs, a Community Fundraiser for the charity.
The support offered by Naomi House children’s hospice is unique in the central south. It delivers a range of services to help to relieve families from the day-to-day pressures of looking after a child or young person with a life limiting condition.
Naomi House provides care to families living in communities across the seven counties of Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Surrey, West Sussex and Wiltshire, with two specialist units, ‘Naomi House’ for young children, and the recently opened ‘Jacks Place’ for young people. Each unit is purpose built and provides an appropriate environment for each age group.
Louise admitted to being apprehensive about seeing what goes on inside the hospice but said that it was a very positive and moving experience: “The atmosphere inside Naomi House, and in particular Jacks Place, was surprisingly uplifting, it is a happy and colourful place and there is a real emphasis of making the most of the time the children have left. There are pictures everywhere of smiling children, and when you think of what they are going through you can’t help but feel emotional, they are so very brave.”
It costs around £4.5million a year to run the two units, with only 7% of its funding from the Department of Health meaning the remaining £4.2million is raised by people and businesses across region.
AMOS are pleased to have helped this worthy cause and will continue to support the charity during their next production of Calamity Jane.
Anyone interested in helping Naomi House by either fundraising or volunteering should contact the charity on 01962 760060 or visit the website: www.naomihouse.org.uk