Children's Hospice South West

September 2017
Our Year 5 Ambassadors for the coming year have been chosen; a difficult task as so many children wrote a letter in support of their application. Our Childrens Hospice Ambassadors are Fraser, Fifi and Evie C.
On Friday 22nd September we will be welcoming Eddie Farwell to our school. i know he is very much looking forward to visiting again after he came to see us last November. Eddie will be accompanied by Laura Board, Community Fundraiser for South Devon. They will be joining us for lunch and our Councillor Assembly where our outgoing Ambassadors will present a cheque for £547.50; this amazing total was raised in the summer term when our current Year 6 class organised a Mini Marathon.
Some smaller fundraising events (such as colouring competitions) which were organised over the summer term by various students raised just over £12 and, added to £160 raised over the summer holiday from busking in town, we will be presenting Eddie and Laura with just under £720.00
Year 6 Christmas Cards - December 2016
From Jo Castle ... I just wanted to say how delighted I am with the beautiful Christmas cards the children in Year 6 have made. In keeping with our school values of empathy and caring they have made these cards to send to the staff who work in the hospices over Christmas doing such a wonderful job looking after the sick children and their families. Have a look at a few examples below - 
Update - 7th December 2016 - from Jo Castle, Erin. Logan and Thomas (Year 5 - Little Bridge House Ambassadors)
On Friday 25th November at about 11.30am we welcomed some special visitors to out school. We invited Eddie and Erika Farwell to talk about Little Bridge House and the other two hospices in the South West (Charlton Farm, Somerset and Little Harbour, Cornwall). Eddie is the Chief Executive of Children's Hospice South West. They were delighted with the welcome signs we had made! After a short chat and refreshments in the library we took our visitors to be introduced to as many classes as possible, before lunchtime started. Our children were very interested to meet Eddie ad Erika and had lots of questions for them.  
After enjoying a delicious lunch in the dinner hall, during which our visitors were impressed with our wall display about the 25th anniversary of CHSW, they spent some time in the staff room meeting our teachers. 
Councillors Assembly was at 10.15pm as usual but on this day it was special because we had our important visitors with us. Eddie gave a presentation about the work of the hospices and showed us a short video of two sisters enjoying the sensory garden at Little Harbour in Cornwall. Over the past few months some children in various classes have raised money for LBH and it was lovely that Eddie was able to present them with a certificate to celebrate their achievement. As Year R-Year 4 left the hall we handed out some special silver badges that Eddie had brought with him, they were special ones to celebrate 25 years of the hospices. 
Years 5 and 6 stayed behind in the hall for a question and answer session and lots of children had so many interesting questions. Eddie had brought in his MBE medal which he had received in 2012 from the Queen at Buckingham Palace for his amazing fundraising efforts. It made us laugh when he said how disappointed he was that the Queen hadn't been wearing her crown! Despite feeling very proud of his award he said he felt undeserving of the honor. 
At the end of this session all the other children were given a badge and we had lots of photos taken including us presenting our cheque for £62. At the end of an exciting day it was sad to say goodbye to Eddie and Erika. We had enjoyed meeting them both so much. From the letter we received from them a few days later we know that they had enjoyed the visit as much as we had. 
We are hoping to meet Eddie again in the summer term when we visit LBH on a open day. In the meantime we will be busy organising our next big fundraising event, a Family Barn Dance which will take place on Friday 10th March, 5-7.30pm. Please make a note on your diary, more details will follow in the New Year. 
Written by Jo Castle, one of our Learning Support Assistants and Governors (October 2016) - 
Our three Little Bridge House Ambassadors from Year 5 are Erin, Thomas and Logan. It was difficult to choose as there were so many children who applied for the role, but it is nice to see these three wearing their badges with pride! I will be working with our Ambassadors over the next three terms to organise events to fundraise for our wonderful hospices in the South West. We will be keeping this page updated to let you know what's going on.
Our first task of this Autumn Term has been to send an invitation to Eddie Farwell - an inspirational man who has done so much amazing work in Devon, Somerset and Cornwall. We are delighted to report that Eddie has accepted our invitation and will be visiting us on Friday 25th November. We are looking forward to meeting him. 
In December we will be holding our Annual Tree Service where we will have our collection for Little Bridge House. Ideas for the Spring Term include a Barn Dance and in the Summer Term a sponsored canoe on the River Dart. Watch this space ... Thank you for your continued support.