We’ve set our hearts on fundraising for Bear Cottage and we’d love your help

We’re pouring our hearts into a very special cause this year

2020 certainly had us rattled. A once in a century health crisis will do that. But while there was a lot of sad stories in the media, there was also inspiring ones – of people pulling together in their local communities to help each other out in tough times.

It got us thinking about our own community and what we can do to better support it and the families within it. It took only a moment for our hearts to settle on Bear Cottage in Manly. While we’ve all had a tough year, it doesn’t compare to those of families whose child has a life-limiting condition.

Our goal

This year, we’ve set ourselves on a mission with the goal of raising $3000 for Bear Cottage. What we’d really like to do is smash this target, but we need your help.

What is Bear Cottage?

Bear Cottage is the ONLY children’s hospice in all of NSW providing respite and end-of-life care for terminally ill children and their families. It delivers a medically supported ‘home away from home’ with 24-hour round the clock excellence in paediatric palliative care. But it feels far more like a warm family home than a hospital ward, and that’s its very intention.

Why is Bear Cottage so special?

At the heart of this special place is the mantra ‘Here, life is for living.’ In a warm, caring, and supportive environment, families that are going through an unimaginably difficult time can spend some precious time together and make memories they will always treasure. Simple things like a day at the beach, a visit to Taronga Zoo or enjoying some fun activities together at the cottage; they will be memories forever etched in a family’s heart.

Families caring for a terminally ill child, often do so for many years and around the clock. It changes a family’s life forever. Bear Cottage also provides respite for these families – a chance to recharge and regroup. It runs specialised therapies in art, music, and play that helps both children and families explore complex feelings, feel more empowered and even increase levels of happiness. Innovative camps designed by the cottage for mums and dads, siblings and grandparents offer exhausted family members a chance to do something to better their own wellbeing supporting them in their onward journey.

A cause close to our heart

There is another reason why we’ve chosen Bear Cottage. Catherine’s mother – Vivienne Walker, has been a regular volunteer at the cottage for over 20 years, supporting children and their families with their wellbeing during their stay. The stories of her time at the cottage have continually inspired and deeply moved us over the years. We want to continue our family’s story of supporting this special place and service.

How you can help

To attract as many donations as we can, we’ve donated a range of fantastic prizes – there’s something for everyone.

Every $25 donation you give to Bear Cottage through us buys you 1 ticket in the draw to win. Here’s the prize line-up:

FIRST PRIZE- Apple watch series 6 GPS valued at $599

SECOND PRIZE – AirPods with wireless charging case valued at $319

RUNNERS-UP – Six bottles of Mumm Cordon Rouge NV Gift box worth $53.99 each.

So, you could buy one ticket for $25, 2 tickets for $50 and so on.

For those feeling extra generous, a $100 donation will get you 5 tickets in the draw for the price of 4!

How to enter

Simply click on this link below, search for The Perfect Space and make your donation.

The competition ends on 02/04/21 at 12; 00 pm and the winners will be drawn at Bear Cottage on 02/04/21. The winners will be announced on the same day on social media along with a phone call or email to the lucky recipients of the prizes.

It’s easy to enter and you can feel good knowing that every cent of your donation goes to Bear Cottage and the special families it supports.

If you want to start your own fundraiser go to – http://www.bearcottage.chw.edu.au/get-involved.php

From our family to yours, a massive thank you!

Mark and Catherine Romeo and all the team at The Perfect Space

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