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Hospice open day success

Posted onPosted on 24th Sep
Hospice open day success

Around 1,000 people joined in with Rainbows’ 20th birthday celebrations when they visited the hospice’s open day on Saturday.

Visitors attended the annual Open Day at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People to learn more about the work carried out to provide care and support to children and young people with life-limited illnesses and their families.

As the hospice is celebrating 20 years of care, there was a special birthday cake made by Fiona Cairns who shot to fame after bakery Fiona Cairns Ltd was commissioned to make the royal wedding cake for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Rainbows Patron Willie Thorne presented Rainbows volunteers with special awards and people also toured the special facilitates at the hospice, as well as browsing at stalls and enjoying a BBQ and refreshments.

Harry Moore and his wife Gail founded Rainbows. Their daughter, Laura, died of Leukaemia in 1989. Laura’s favourite thing in the world was a rainbow.

Harry said: “I feel immensely proud of what has been achieved at Rainbows over the last 20 years. The quality and the range of staff over the years has taken it beyond the vision we had; it makes me feel very overwhelmed.

“Rainbows is about the care and support we are giving and about the children. At Open Day, people can see that Rainbows is a happy place and they can see where their money goes; they also feel like they are part of the Rainbows community and that is very important.”

Geoff Ellis, chief executive at Rainbows, added: “Our 20th birthday Open Day has been a great success and we would like to thank everyone who came along to view our facilities and find out more about what we do at Rainbows. We hope visitors were inspired by what they saw and continue to support us to deliver high quality services to children and young people with life-limiting illnesses as well as their families.”

For more information about Rainbows or to get involved, contact 01509 638000 or visit