And now it’s time to make our house, your home.
The PPBF embarked on its most exciting project yet in 2015. With sponsor support from Investec Private Banking, the aim was to raise £150,000 to buy a property next to Southampton Hospital called The Burrow.
The Burrow will provide accommodation just a stone’s throw from the hospital, making a huge difference to the day-to-day lives of local families with babies and young children being cared for. It will provide a safe haven for new parents, or parents of poorly children, at a time of real uncertainty. It is independent of the hospital yet reassuringly close, cosy and spacious enough that it can accommodate siblings or close family if necessary.
The PPBF is currently running a flat that was generously gifted on a 10-year lease basis. But, with the consistently high demand of families needing a place to stay while their little one requires off-island treatment, the charity knew they needed to secure a place of their very own.
Thanks to an incredible amount of fundraising and community spirit, the target for The Burrow’s purchase has not only been reached, it has actually been exceeded! A Guernsey-based charitable trust set up by Jim Wilkinson and his late wife Peggy made a donation of £50,000 to the buy-a-brick campaign bringing the total to just under £192,000.00. A three-year goal has been reached in just under one year and this wonderful achievement would not have been possible without every single supporter.
The Burrow has been renamed!
Aggie Nicolle was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in May 2014 and less than two years later the illness took her life. The PPBF’s accommodation near Southampton Hospital helped the family stay together as much as possible during Aggie’s treatment, and they have done much to support the charity in return. The PPBF have dedicated The Burrow to Aggie’s memory as ‘Aggie’s Burrow’.
Our journey doesn’t stop here. Now that the property officially belongs to the PPBF, it is time to start the preparations so that Aggie’s Burrow can open its doors in September 2017. We need to make sure that it is fully equipped for the families and children who will stay for days, weeks or months at a time.
Over the coming months, the PPBF will continue to fundraise for furnishings, decoration, equipment and general maintenance for Aggie’s Burrow. Lots of work is needed to make sure that parents and children feel at home when they arrive. But, with your help, we can do it together.
You can be part of the PPBF’s, ‘Make Our House Your Home’ campaign by making a donation or contributing towards our home inventory. Contact [email protected] for more information.