Plans unveiled to further develop children’s hospice services alongside Women Led Mosque in bid to reach out to more families

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Plans unveiled to further develop children’s hospice services alongside Women Led Mosque in bid to reach out to more families

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice have today announced an exciting new partnership with the Muslim Women’s Council that will see them further expand their hospice services, whilst supporting the new Women Led Mosque in Bradford.

The Women Led Mosque Centre of Excellence has substantial plans for women’s services which complement those provided by the Children’s Hospice.

The partnership will focus on making the hospice’s services much more accessible to families from Bradford and its surrounding areas and will work to dispel some of the myths surrounding what a children’s hospice is.

Research by Leeds University indicates there are more than 600 children living with life shortening conditions in Bradford. These startling statistics mean there is a significant need for support, and highlight the importance of ensuring equal access for all sections of the community to care which is right for them.

Peter Branson, CEO at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, explains: “Our mission is very simple, we are here to say yes to children and families who need us. Working together with the Muslim Women’s Council, we hope to truly understand the needs of the Muslim community and ensure we are offering the right services that will make a real difference to families in need.”

Bana Gora, CEO of Muslim Women’s Council said: “We are very excited to be partnering with an organisation which plays such an important role in the lives of children, in providing ongoing support and palliative care to those in need. Through this partnership we hope to provide a platform for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice to continue to bring much needed provision to Bradford.

“The partnership will see the construction of the Women Led Mosque and Centre Excellence incorporating care services from Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, making this a truly unique venture providing wrap-around support for the community.

“The partnership will also shed much needed light on the work of the hospice and will act as a catalyst in raising awareness and understanding of the services and help available. We would like to thank Peter Branson for making this groundbreaking and innovative partnership possible.”

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice currently supports more than 260 local children and their families through a variety of services at their state of the art building, Russell House, in Huddersfield and via their Hospice at Home service within the community.