Each year, the staff at Meade King vote for their favourite charity and Children’s Hospice South West was voted as our Charity of the Year for 2017.
The charity committee felt that we wanted to actually do something practical for the charity alongside raising money so we asked Janey Hellmen, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser at Children’s Hospice South West if we could visit Charlton Farm and do some practical work.
She suggested that we visit on their once a month open day to have a tour and to stain their garden tables and chairs ready for the summer.
Five of us ventured out of the office to the beautiful surroundings of Charlton Farm, which is just outside of Bristol. It feels like you’re in the countryside, with cows, sheep and birds all making an appearance whilst we drove down the driveway. Once we arrived, we signed in and walked down into the gardens, which are beautifully kept.
One of the lovely volunteers showed us around the garden and the house and it was so amazing to see the hospice and all the little details that would make such a difference to the families staying there.
With the addition of a Jacuzzi, dress up areas, giant teddies and toy animals, swings that accommodate wheelchairs, indoor soft play area, sensory room and the addition of a new treehouse that’s being built with wheelchair access it really is state of the art, but also so cosy and welcoming with a big farmhouse kitchen, comfortable sitting room and lovely dining room too. After our tour we had the chance to have a quick cup of tea and piece of cake before getting stuck into our task.
Thankfully the weather was lovely and we got to spend the day outside painting the garden furniture and taking down the signs and bunting from the Ride for Precious Lives that had finished at Charlton Farm the day before.
Once we’d finished painting all the furniture, we packed up, had a quick glass of water and came back to the office after a really brilliant day.
I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to look around Charlton Farm and to do something practical to help and I know everyone who came from Meade King felt the same.
We’re doing lots of fundraising this year for Children’s Hospice South West. A team already completed the Bristol 10k in May, another team is taking part in the Dragon Boat Festival in Bristol docks in September and my colleague Mandy and I are taking part in the Monster Race at the end of September.
If you would like to read more about the work of Children’s Hospice South West please visit their website, or if you would like to donate you can do so on our JustGiving Page.