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First of its kind for Rainbows Open Day

Posted onPosted on 25th Jun

For Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, the impact of Covid-19 has meant the East Midlands’ charity has had to change the way it supports many of its families.

Because of restrictions, the main change has been providing care to families in their Nottinghamshire homes rather than at the Loughborough-based hospice.

Next week (21-27 June) marks Children’s Hospice Week, the only week in the year dedicated to raising awareness and funds for children’s hospice and palliative care services across the UK. As part of Children’s Hospice Week, Rainbows has announced it will be holding its first ever outdoor Open Day on Saturday, 18 September.

Alison Furlong, Head of Community and Events at Rainbows, said: “We would love to have the opportunity to still be able to show you what we do, even when life isn’t the way it used to be.

“At our first Outdoor Rainbows Open Day you will have the opportunity to meet our Care Team, and hear first-hand how we are supporting hundreds of children and young people and their families across the East Midlands. Under marquees and in our wonderful gardens, we will bring the care we deliver to life, and show you how our supporters make a real difference.”

Entry is free but in order to manage numbers and stagger arrival times in line with government guidelines, a booking system will be operating this year instead of the usual drop in format. The event runs between 10am and 4pm.

Alison added: “To help us ensure we can safely manage numbers; we ask that you please book in advance this year. We are a working hospice, and providing a safe environment for everyone is paramount to us.”

As with all events, these plans are subject to late changes or cancellation if government guidance changes. To book a place, visit