Butterfly Children's Hospices
Running for our Butterflies......
Rebecca is the sister of Katie, our Head of Nursing. She first came to visit the Butterfly Home in September 2012 and was amazed by little Zoe, a precious preemie baby who is now happily living with her Chinese adoptive family. Rebecca could not believe how tiny, yet beautiful, she was. Zoe inspired Rebecca to think about how she could help other vulnerable babies. She decided to run the Belfast city marathon to raise money for incubators, suction machines and other equipment for the high dependency unit. In October 2013 she was able to return to the Butterfly Home and participate in building of the incubator! (A difficult task, but teamwork is a wonderful thing!).
Rebecca returned to the Butterfly Homes again in July this year to do some hands on volunteering and playing with the babies! Here she saw baby Simon using the incubator she was able to purchase and saw the children benefitting from the money she raised. During her time spent in the Butterfly Homes, she realised anew what wonderful, magical places they are and how these children are so well cared for and loved.
Rebecca felt it was too soon to run another full marathon. She did the half marathon in Berlin in May and this month she is running the Dublin half marathon (2 halves make a full one, yeah?!) to raise much needed cot sponsorship funds to enable the Butterfly Homes to keep helping precious children!
We have lots of darling little boys at Butterfly Home Changsha, and we love them like crazy. But a bit of pink amongst the blue is fun too. So everyone was thrilled to welcome this little treasure recently. Her name is Sabrina.
Sabrina has club feet and hands, and we suspect she has some cardiac issues as well. Sarah, our new nurse from Australia, has carefully splinted Sabrina’s hands. She’s still very young and her bones are malleable and growing fast – which makes it a good time to correct their shape. Sarah and Chesca are happy with the splint and hoping to see some improvement as Sabrina grows.
The future will bring more diagnostic testing for Sabrina, treatment for her club feet and possibly a trip to Shanghai to see the cardiac team there. But for now, we are pleased that she is settled, happy and feeding well. She’s giving us all some lovely smiles and bringing a lot of joy to our Home. It’s fun to have another little sister in the mix!
Opportunities to work with BCH
Join us at a really exciting time of growth! We are taking applications for the following vacancies -:
Bi-lingual Documentary - inside BCH
Take a look at this two-part documentary created by Tianjin TV who filmed at the Changsha Butterfly Home over a period of almost a year.
It's a very moving insight into the work with some wonderful glimpses into the lives of the Butterfly children and their carers.
A Pearl from Ashes: Order Julie Mallinson's book - all proceeds to BCH!
28 children in cots in our Homes
Cared for 127 children to date age from 1 day to 10 years
69 received loving palliative/end of life care
16 had life changing surgery
10 have been adopted 4 more waiting
3 children on long term foster care
Already helped 11 families
We have an urgent need for the below;
- Baby Clothes 0-3 months (especially boys)
- Premature Babygros
- Preemie Baby Nappies/Diapers
- Multi Vitamin Drops for Babies and Children
Thank you for all your support!