The money will fund the Hospice’s ‘Schools’ Project’, an initiative which has proved to be hugely successful among pupils across the Island. The project involves staff and patients working with the children for a six week period, to educate them about the Hospice and change their perceptions of what they may feel a hospice is all about.
Gemma Blamire, of KissyPuppy, presented the cheque to hospice staff and schoolchildren from Wootton Primary, during the final day of their project.
“This money will enable the Schools’ Project to continue for at least another year,” she said. “It is a real pleasure to support the Hospice in this way as the project is such a brilliant thing for children to get involved in. It allows them to get a real insight into what the Hospice is really like, and working and getting to know patients transforms their views. It makes it a less scary place.”
Staff involved in the project said the donation was an amazing gesture and would help the Hospice to reach even more Island children over the next 12 months.
Kate Mansbridge, one of the project coordinators, said:
“We are, as always, immensely touched by the generosity and support shown to us by all at KissyPuppy.
“This is a very important project which will now continue for another year. We are sure that all the children, teachers and parents who have already been involved will agree that it’s a worthwhile initiative; it’s great that so many more children will now also benefit.”
Photographed: Gemma Blamire presenting the cheque to Schools’ Project coordinators Katie Mansbridge and Pauline Hull, with teachers and children from Wootton Primary School