We were so moved by our visit, particularly as the lady leading the tour (and working for Rainbows) was herself a bereaved parent who had direct experience of the hospice first-hand. It was incredible to see how positive and brave she was in sharing her story with us and how her experiences inspired her to start working at Rainbows.
In fact, the whole building is a wonderful place. I was expecting it to feel like a hospital, but actually it was a warm, welcoming and inspiring place. It was particularly lovely to hear about the dance, movement, art and music sessions the children take part in, and the impact that it has on their well-being.
I was shocked to discover that only around 15% of their funds comes from government bodies – they rely massively on donations to fund the care they give. Rainbows does such amazing work, at a time when families really DO need additional support from specialists.
How is JumpStart Dance supporting Rainbows this year?
- Bucket collections. Our generous audience at our annual Jump2it! Dance Festival kindly donated their spare change to Rainbow volunteers back in March
- Workshop. Our dance artists will be running a workshop for the children who use the hospice over the summer holidays
- Raising Awareness. Support in informing the general public about the wonderful things Rainbows does, such as writing these blogs
- Fundraising. I will be taking part in the Market Harborough Triathlon on Sunday 1st September
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