Open Day and Fete 2018
More than 500 people attended our first Naomi House & Jacksplace Open Day in three years on 8th September! This year, we've been celebrating our 21st birthday and the Open Day and Fete, sponsored by A-Plan Insurance, was the perfect opportunity to share this milestone with every single person who has supported us.
The entire day gave the general public the rare opportunity to look around our facilities and learn more about the medically complex care that takes place 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This unique experience gave visitors a firsthand experience of the life changing work that happens here, whilst also providing an exciting and fun-filled family day with a fete, refreshments, live entertainment, Stormtroopers, a Disney princess, a raffle and face painting for children.
Many stalls and activities were available at the fete, including a petting farm, bungee trampolines and an assortment of food stalls. The show was stolen however, by the wide array of live entertainment throughout the day. Rubik’s Cube, a rock choir from Osborne School, which is a maintained special school for pupils with learning disabilities, who kicked off the day’s live music with a brilliant performance that was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. Other entertainment included Panatical, an elite steel band from Crestwood Community School, Bubble Pop, a one man bubble show and Saxophony, a traditional saxophone group.
The event was supported by volunteers from Rapid Relief, who assisted with the marshalling, the BBQ and the free Park & Ride, which was courtesy of Xelabus, a local bus company.
Mark Smith, our Chief Executive, said, “I am delighted that so many people came to support us and look around our fantastic facilities. We are totally dependent on the generosity of individuals, businesses and community groups, so it is essential that we are visible to all our supporters in the community, and that people have the opportunity to see our hospices for themselves, to meet our staff and learn about the vital care and support we offer children and young adults across the region. It was a great pleasure for everyone at Naomi House to welcome so many supporters to our hospices and show them just what their fabulous efforts have helped to create and maintain over 21 years of care.”
Since we first opened our doors in 1997, we have cared for 1,144 local families across Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, West Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire and the Isle of Wight. We are currently caring for 325 children and young adults with life limiting and life threatening illnesses.