Andreea Gray

Baby Gray turned 26 weeks in his ‘tenement’ on April 26th, so it’s only fitting for him to be joining the #TwoPointSixChallenge this week! Leading up to the day of his birth, this #BabyGrayFirstGiftOfHope appeal aims to raise funds for the urgent Corona Virus appeal & help support the wonderful work that Hospices of Hope does, at a time where their patients are most vulnerable and the upkeep of their care at the hardest to maintain.

It’s a weird time to be expecting a baby, with everything going on around us and while it sometimes feels like we’re missing out on showing off this special time in our lives and share the excitement that comes with it, we’re both grateful for being healthy and able to shelter into safety until the risks of the pandemic pass.

But there are people who are not as fortunate and who despite being in the high-risk and vulnerable categories, they have their essential care affected by the current state of things. In countries where the palliative care services were already struggling to keep up with the need and no real help is provided by the state-run services, Hospices of Hope is a beacon of light for those suffering from incurable & life-limiting conditions, providing special palliative care and treatment in their in-patient units & via home-visits. They are dealing with a huge increase in the numbers of patients due to the state discharging cancer patients from its hospitals to make room for corona virus sufferers, a sharp reduction in funding and the constant battle to sourcing the protective equipment and even basic resources (like disinfectant).

So at a time where expecting parents would be planning baby-bump photoshoots & sorting out guestlists for a baby shower, Mama&Papa Gray would like to invite you all to celebrate their upcoming addition to their family by taking part in their son’s first lesson in generosity and support their efforts to raise much needed funds to help keep the palliative free services Hospices of Hope offer in Romania & other SE-European countries running during this crisis.

Their palliative services are under a huge strain to cope with the current situation, with their regular funding coming mostly from donations and fundraising events in the countries they work in and in the UK, as well as their charity shops here in the UK.
Like many other charities they’ve been severely affected by the lockdown and the inability to raise the money they would normally do through community events, sports challenges & fundraising galas, however with their services not being in the UK, they also unfortunately not even qualify to access the assistance package for charities announced by the British Government this spring.

Your money goes a long way in the countries where Hospices of Hope operates:
- £5 can provide dressings for a child with EB (Epidermolysis Bullosa) for one month
- £10 can pay for a child’s one-week medication
- £25 can cover the work of 1 home-care visit
- £50 can pay for an adult 1 day stay in the in-patient unit

So in the hope that we can pull together and mark Baby Gray’s arrival through a first gesture of kindness on his behalf, we urge you to click the Donate button and give as much or as little as you can to help reach our goal!

From our family to yours, sending wishes of good health and safety & a HUGE Thank You for taking part in this fundraising!

Lots of love,
Ross, Andreea & Bump

Andreea Gray