Several members of Todmorden Trefoil Guild visited the newly built Forget-Me-Not Children’s Hospice situated on the outskirts of Huddersfield.
For the last three years, members have been raising funds for the hospice by organising coffee mornings and were eager to take advantage of the opportunity to visit before it opens its doors.
They were given a guided tour by Richard Mitchell, one of the project supporters, and told the story of the hospice’s development. Members were told that the building work was scheduled for two phases but it had eventually been completed within nine months by Marshalls of Brighouse and costing less than anticipated.
Some local firms had donated fittings, such as all the double-glazed windows and designing others specially for the hospice. Kitchen equipment had also been donated.
Before being shown the accommodation suites, the members saw various specialised rooms such as the hydrotherapy pool, the music room (fitted with all sorts of specialist and expensive equipment, some of which had been donated, including the sound/touch system connected to a keyboard able to supply an enormous range of vocals), the sensory room, the teenage area which has a painted wall decorated by one of the Sheppard twins whose story prompted the building of the hospice, and the games room.
At present all the accommodation is on ground level and some suites are adjoining so that they can be enlarged if the need arises. All the bathrooms are en-suite and can be adapted to suit all heights. There is room for accommodation above but this has not yet been developed. It is thought that at some time one large area might be converted into a physiotherapy suite.
The members were greatly impressed by the hospice and were delighted to see the dreams converted into a reality. It was very clear that a great deal of thought had gone into the planning and into the provision of every need.
Richard Mitchell told them that there are 46 other children’s hospices in the UK and so the Forget-Me-Not team had the benefit of being able to visit these and gain from their expertise.