In the mid 1980s I lived in Buckinghamshire and my very good friend John Craven introduced me to the wonderful work being carried out at Helen House a new children's hospice. I was able to make a modest contribution to their fundraising activities until I moved to the West Country in 1989. However, my appreciation and respect for those who work with with life limited children and their families endured.
So, when 25 years ago I heard about the ambitious plans of Jill and Eddie Farwell to create Little Bridge House, the first West Country children’s hospice I immediately offered to assist. Over the coming years I helped with fundraising , took various pets up to Barnstaple for the children to enjoy (including our pony Joe who on rainy days gave rides along the corridors!) and I flew many of the children and families in my helicopter.
These have been some of the happiest days of my life and I am so grateful to Eddie and the amazing supporters of CHSW for the way in which they always make me feel so welcome.
Last year when we celebrated Deal's 10th birthday I was absolutely stunned to suddenly find myself playing the game but once I’d composed myself and was asked by Sarah Millican for my chosen charity the response was of course Children's Hospice South-West.
Thanks to £26,000 I nicked out of the bankers wallet the upkeep of the gardens and grounds of Charlton Farm will be fully funded for the next few years.
Please do use this link to learn more about the wonderful work of CHSW and if you do have the appetite to volunteer or make a donation I can assure you they'd be enormously grateful and you'll find it a very rewarding experience.