Bh2’s charity partner 2020 vote


Bh2 Leisure would like you to pick who our charity partner is for 2020. Please see more information below about the top 3 charities to choose from before voting on our Facebook page.

To take part in the vote for ‘Bh2’s chosen charity for 2020’, comment on Bh2's Facebook post with the name of one of the three charities named above. The charity that has the most comments after the closing date will be the official partner charity of Bh2 Leisure for 2020. Please note only one charity name can be mentioned in each comment. Multiple charities named in one comment will not be counted as a vote. Only one vote (comment) per Facebook user. Votes for Bh2’s charity partner will close at midnight 29th January 2020. Any votes (comments) after this time and date will not be counted.

The Dorset Children’s Foundation
The Dorset Children's Foundation was set up in 2013 to improve the lives of local sick and disabled children and since then have donated over £750,000 to over 150 local children. Our 3 charity shops in Bournemouth, cover our modest overheads so every single penny donated goes directly to the children. We are a small, independent charity and fund medical expenses, mobility equipment and therapies not covered by the NHS. We also grant life enriching experiences, to create special memories that last longer than a lifetime as well as provide Accessible for All sports and inclusive activities for disabled children. We have created a network of support for parents in a similar situation and the opportunity for our families to get together. If we were lucky enough to be chosen to benefit we would use the funds to keep providing Accessible for All activities. These are a range of inclusive events for disabled children and their family’s such as family fun days, craft afternoons, all ability discos, soft play and sensory sessions, music therapy, swimming, cricket and yoga to name but a few. We have also set up our very own FA affiliated Football Team DCFFC! Community is very important to The Dorset children’s Foundation and we want to help our families overcome isolation, increase their child’s self-esteem and to provide the opportunity for our families to get together in a safe and inclusive environment so that the whole family can get out and enjoy being amongst friends. We are looking for help to fund these fantastic and popular events and provide opportunities for disabled children that they currently may not have access to. The Dorset Children’s Foundation – big enough to make a difference, small enough to care.

My Time Young Carers
Every day across Dorset there are children as young as 5 that provide emotional and physical care for members of their family. MYTime Young Carers work tirelessly to ensure that these incredible young people have access to the support, friendship and opportunities all children deserve. Young carers provide invaluable support to their families, they are remarkably selfless and despite the negative effects caring can have on their own lives, they are extremely loyal and proud to support their families in the way they do. Young carers report high levels of stress and tiredness and because of their caring role they often miss out on the experiences other children get to have. The money raised by the BH2 Leisure community will play an enormous part in funding our MYTime R&R Retreat Programme. The programme offers young carers from Bournemouth and Dorset the chance to take a short holiday to our outdoor centre in the idyllic village of Worth Matravers, but it offers so much more than a holiday. A break away with MYTime means a rare opportunity for young carers to escape from their routines and relax. It means discovering a whole community of young carers and never having to feel alone again. It means making memories, trying new things and laughing out loud among friends. In short, ours is a programme that allow children to be children and at MYTime, we believe that every child deserves a childhood.

Julia's House
Julia’s House cares for babies, children and teenagers with life-shortening or life-threatening conditions and provides support for the whole family - mums, dads, siblings and even grandparents. Our care is regular, frequent, flexible - and free. It takes place wherever and whenever parents need it - more than half our care happens in family homes, even in the most remote rural communities. Our families are in every corner of Dorset and Wiltshire and so is our care. We are working in the community, funded by the community as just five percent of our service is government-funded. We understand the anxiety and exhaustion that goes with looking after a fragile child, which is why Julia’s House also provides social and emotional support for everyone touched by the life-changing news that their child, their brother, their sister, may not survive into adulthood. “Before Julia’s House there was just a void. It feels so wonderful to have the help we so desperately needed; to know that people really care,” Hayley, Julia’s House mum. Help a family, become a Julia’s House Life Changer. Thank you.

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