Katy OLeary

Next August I will be volunteering in Romania for a week at a summer camp through a charity called Hospice of Hope. It is a residential trip for up to 30 children who have, or have had, a close family member cared for by the Hospice. During the camp I will based at Copaceni, which is their children's centre in the countryside outside Bucharest.

The week will include sports, games, crafts, entertainment and evening activties, such as bonfires, parties, film, talent shows.

The money raised covers the cost for the children to attend the club as their families are uable to afford it.

About the charity:

Hospices of Hope is the leading hospice care charity in South East Europe. They are dedicated to improving the life of terminally ill patients in Romania and surrounding countries. They think everyone deserves the best possible care at the end of life. But in developing countries like Romania, Serbia or Moldova, many patients still die in pain without being offered any physical, spiritual or emotional comfort.

They introduced hospice care into Romania in 1992 and now also support patients in Serbia and Moldova. As well as providing medical care to patients suffering from terminal or life-limiting illness they run medical training facilities which ensure that hospice care techniques are passed on as widely as possible.

They opened their first in-patient hospice in Brasov, Romania in 2002 and their new hospice in Bucharest in September 2014. Depending on which trip volunteers choose, there may be an opportunity for a visit to one of these facilities. Hospices of Hope are currently developing a new children’s centre at Copaceni which will provide care for children and families affected by rare and life-limiting illnesses. Some of the summer trips are based at Copaceni and the centre will be open next summer. They are also opening a new hospice in Belgrade, Serbia and the first phase of that project will be completed shortly.

Katy OLeary