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Give the gift of hope this Christmas

We estimate that there are more than 50,000 children in Romania living with rare or life-limiting illness with 5,000 in the Bucharest area alone. With struggling and often corrupt healthcare systems, many of these children go with little or no help. Our Children’s Centre at Copaceni, near Bucharest, offers respite and therapy services to children with life-limiting and rare illnesses. For the children and the families in our care, Copaceni offers hope.

Please help us to continue to provide hospice services to children and their families by signing up to make a regular donation to sponsor a child like David. 

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For many of us, Christmas is a joyous time of year. Spending time with our family and friends, exchanging gifts, laughing, singing, and generally being merry. However, sadly for many families, such as those in our care in Romania, this is not their reality. For some families, they know this could be one of the last Christmases they will spend together. We need your help to ensure that children with life-limiting conditions in our care get the support they so desperately need this Christmas, and their families have the chance to make every precious moment count.

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David’s Story

David is 6 years old and lives with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. He has been cared for by the team at our children’s centre, Copaceni, for the past 2 years. David’s speech is very limited, and he has some developmental disabilities. When David visits the children’s centre, he is cared for by a team of specialists who support him with physiotherapy, art therapy and provide medical assistance. His family is also offered social support.

David’s mother tells us what it’s like for David to be cared for at Copaceni:

“David loves visiting the hospice at Copaceni,it makes him so happy being with the other children. He especially enjoys playing with the art supplies and making a mess! 

All the team at Copaceni care for David like he is their own son – they are so kind and compassionate, like a family to us. I love to bring David here, and to see him smile.”

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