New Face To Lead Fundraising For Children’s Hospice In Scilly

Martha and Noah help to create some painted limpet shells

Martha and Noah help to create some painted limpet shells

The Precious Lives Appeal has a new face involved with fundraising in Scilly.

For the past eight years, George Tiedeman and his wife Margaret have collected almost £100,000 on the islands to help support the building and running of the ‘Little Harbour’ children’s hospice in St Austell.

But now islander Helen Glenn is stepping up to organise events and activities for the charity here in Scilly.

George will still be fundraising – his walks around the islands, as well as his popular ghost tours in the summer, have been good earners – but he says it needs someone younger to bring in new ideas.

Helen says she’s keen to put on more events aimed at families, which is fitting for a children’s charity.

From Radio Scilly

George Teideman and Helen Glenn talk about fundraising for the Children’s Hospice South West Appeal in Scilly

But she says the work involved and making sure it doesn’t clash with other events can be difficult. That’s why she’s looking at ways to raise small amounts steadily through the year.

Helen is a registered child-minder and the children she looks after have been painting limpet shells and pebbles and selling them on her wall, overlooking Old Town Bay.

They raised £40 last year and so far, since the start of this month, have brought in £51 from their efforts.

Helen says the children love creating the little creatures and it helps them to understand what the charity is about.

She says the blue and white ones seem to go best and they’ve done well with their special little chicks, created for Easter. Helen says the children are now thinking of some ideas for gig weekend, possibly involving the different crews’ rowing colours.

Helen will also be looking after the donation pots and making sure they’re collected and new ones sent to the off-islands.

The hospice in St Austell cost £5m to build and needs to raise at least £1.7m each year just for its running costs.

George says it offers the sort of respite care and a break for parents with sick children that just wouldn’t be possible on the NHS.

“You don’t need to think too hard to get involved,” says Helen “especially as a hospice would be the worst nightmare for any parent.”

And she says she would be grateful for any extra volunteers to help with fundraising.