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Why has 2019 been a year to remember for Noah's Ark?

11 DECEMBER 2019

It’s been a phenomenal year for everyone connected to Noah’s Ark Children's Hospice. We couldn’t have achieved it all without the support of our brilliant community. Thank you so much!

We've had a busy year at Noah's Ark Children's Hospice. We take a look back at just a few of the most memorable events of the year.

The Ark

2019 was the year that we moved into our brand new children’s hospice building, The Ark in Barnet. In September, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, joined our partners from Tottenham Hotspur including team captains Hugo Lloris andn Jenna Schillaci to officially open the building. We were able to show off the amazing facilities the building has to offer and showcase what we've got planned for 2020.

This moment was cherished by the children and families who we support – they’ve been with us every step of the way. Rose, who has been supported by the charity for several years, had these words to say about The Ark at the Grand Opening:

"This is a place of life, of light, of joy and of play. This is a place that can let our children be more than the difficulties they face and are labelled with. This is a place where specialist care is offered, a place for families to connect, a place where the most precious of memories will be made.

"This is a place which is life enhancing and offers the freedom of childhood in a world which is often inaccessible because of health or physical restrictions. This is a place that makes all the difference, a hub, a home, this is a place that is invaluable."

Who we’ve helped

Over the past year:

Tottenham Hotspur Partnership

Our partnership with Spurs has gone from strength to strength and we’ve both moved into our new homes this year! We’ve had two matches – one against West Ham in April and a women’s fixture against Arsenal in November - dedicated to raising money for and awareness of Noah's Ark. Former manager Mauricio Pochettino came for a tour of The Ark, where he was interviewed by Gary Lineker for BBC's Match of the Day. And in March, goalkeeper Michael Vorm joined Highgate Junior School for a sponsored walk. You can also read about how Spurs made one family’s birthday dreams come true as they emerged onto the hallowed turf.

Brilliant fundraisers

We’ve been so lucky to have our whole community behind us, helping to raise funds to support children and families.

Jaye inspired her classmates to swim the equivalent of the Channel for Noah’s Ark – and raised over £7,000 in the process. The theme of amazing young people raising funds continued with Annie, who gave up chocolate for the whole year to support our work.

We were also so grateful to the amazing white collar boxers at HitClubUK who raised over £125,000 for Noah’s Ark Children's Hospice. Our community fundraising events, including the Rainbow Run and Precious Moments Concert, have also been brilliantly attended this year.

Award-winning charity

We were thrilled that our work was recognised with two industry awards. Noah’s Ark was named Charity of the Year by Charity Today magazine, while our Fundraising Team was awarded the accolade of Charity Times’ esteemed Fundraising Team of the Year.

Alison Goodman, Director of Income Generation and Communications at Noah’s Ark, said: “Winning Charity of the Year at the Charity Today Awards is testament to the brilliant work being carried out by Noah's Ark for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families. I would like to dedicate the award to the children and families; they inspire us every day.”

High Profile Support

In August, our Care Team was invited to a Downing Street reception with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds, where he praised the “hard work, dedication and compassion" of hospice staff. Julie Quinn, Director of Care at Noah’s Ark, said, “It was a privilege to attend such an event and to meet the Prime Minister and Carrie. It was fantastic to have this opportunity to talk about hospice funding."

We were also lucky enough to receive a message of support from Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge as part of Children’s Hospice Week.

And, most recently, we were supported by music royalty too… Ed Sheeran generously donated a signed guitar to Noah’s Ark. As he was unable to come along to our special charity screening of the hit film Yesterday – in which Ed appears as himself – he instead donated the guitar to raise money for the work we do to support seriously unwell children.

We're now looking forward to next year! Find out how you can get involved with making 2020 just as successful.

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