Bear Cottage needs a helping hand and is calling on community superheroes to help raise funds for families in need.
Bear Cottage in Manly is the only children’s hospice in NSW, providing end-of-life care to children with life-limiting illnesses, and support and respite for their families. Established in 2001, it is part of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and supported by the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation.
Bear Cottage says, “For the kids we care for, there is no happy ending, no miracle cure. As heart-breaking as this is, at Bear Cottage we believe that life is for living and we help families to make the most of every day.”
Superhero Week is held each July. Bear Cottage asks members of the community to be a superhero to support their fundraising efforts. People can donate money directly or help raise funds at school, work or with friends.
Bear Cottage encourages people to ‘get their capes on’ and participate with a range of resources and ideas provided for people to host a fundraising event. By dressing up as a superhero, Bear Cottage says you are there for families in their moment of greatest need.
For Bear Cottage this campaign pays tribute to the superheroes they come across every day, “From the nurses and volunteers who provide outstanding care and immeasurable comfort, to the families who keep finding strength in the face of adversity, right through to our brave patients, for whom every day is a battle against the odds.”
It takes $4m each year to keep the doors open. At the time of writing, almost $50k has been raised so far this year towards a target of $300k. Last year Bear Cottage raised over $350k, thanking the community for ‘incredible generosity’ and ‘tremendous support’.
This year they are hopeful to meet their target. “With your support, Bear Cottage can continue to be a home that is full of special moments and cherished memories,” adding, “Your support will ensure Bear Cottage is always there for families when they need us most.”
Donations can be made directly to Bear Cottage via the Superhero Week website.
In a recent interview with the Northern Beaches Advocate, Jean Hay AM, Former Mayor of Manly, recalls her passionate fight to help establish Bear Cottage.
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