THE area’s only children’s hospice is celebrating 20 years of care and is calling on people in Ashbourne to help commemorate the milestone with fund-raising activities.
Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People first opened its doors in 1994 and over the years, staff and volunteers have supported thousands of children and family members.
To celebrate its birthday the charity wants to raise an extra £100,000 to help fund more children’s nurses at the hospice.
Rainbows was founded by Gail and Harry Moore, whose daughter, Laura, died of leukaemia in 1989.
Laura’s favourite thing was a rainbow.
Mr Moore said: “It was 22 years ago that Gail and I stood in a field outside Loughborough overlooking the Charnwood Forest.
“This would be an ideal place to build the children’s hospice we said to each other.
“Three years previously, we had lost our five-year old daughter Laura to leukaemia after three years of treatment, including a bone marrow transplant from her twin brother Kit.
“The journey along the way has not always been easy, it has involved a lot of hard work from a lot of people to develop it into what it is today.”
Anyone wanting to help Rainbows by joining in with their 20th birthday celebrations can get ideas for fundraising events online at www.rainbows.co.uk/birthday