Barn Dance with The Bismarks for KissyPuppy

Wight Bells have traditionally raised money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and for their next event, they have very kindly decided to support The Sophie Rolf Trust –  KissyPuppy.
The Wight Bells Morris Side present a Barn Dance at The Riverside Centre, Medina Quay on Saturday 5th April from 7.30pm – 11.30pm. Tickets are £7.50 per adult and  £2.50 for children. Telephone Judith on 401685 or Judy on 520160, there is a licenced bar and all proceeds go to KissyPuppy. The band who are playing are a nationally acclaimed band called The Bismarcks who will provide a terrific atmosphere and so we are hoping to have a full house that evening.
There will also be a Raffle (top prize to be a ‘Tiger Milk Feed’, courtesy of the Isle of Wight Zoo)

The Bismarcks are three English musicians playing traditional tunes on three instruments:

Ed Rennie on melodeon, Nina Hansell on fiddle and Gareth Kiddier on piano.

Small but perfectly formed, The Bismarcks sound is some how greater than the  sum of its parts. At times there’s an almost mechanical, unstoppable energy  to their playing. Exactly how this happens is probably not something which  can or should be defined. Suffice to say that it’s just three people doing what they love to do. That’s what makes The Bismarcks amongst the bounciest, most infectious and best music for English ceilidh dancing.

Having performed at ceilidh clubs and festivals for ten years, The Bismarcks disbanded in 2006, only reforming for very occasional dances and parties that are that extra bit special. They are delighted to be back together for a rare performance on the Isle of Wight and are very much looking forward to working with their favourite caller Sheena Masson.

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Sophie Rolf was a beautiful, happy, larger than life little girl who, a few months before her 5th birthday, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Through all her therapy Sophie showed great courage and a smile that has inspired all of those around her.

Initially we set up ‘KissyPuppy’ as a mechanism to fund raise for Sophie and her family. Sadly Sophie lost her battle at the end of 2013 but KissyPuppy intends to continue to provide support to children on the Isle of Wight suffering from life-shortening conditions and is now KissyPuppy – The Sophie Rolf Trust.

What this devastating process highlighted to Sophie’s family, is the limited healthcare options available for children living or dying from life limiting conditions on the island.

Currently, children from the Isle of Wight travel to Naomi House in Winchester for specialist respite or end of life care, which for Sophie and her family would be a three hour journey each way.

The Earl Mountbatten Hospice (EMH) is an independent charity providing comprehensive end-of-life healthcare for the Isle of Wight community. They support and care for adults living with and dying from a life-limiting illness and they are looking at how they can extend these services to children.

We appreciate the phenomenal support for Sophie and her family from the Community on the Isle of Wight and the wider support we have received. We have been raising funds together with EMH, to create an Island based solution that would support children on the Isle of Wight with life shortening conditions.

The EMH project aims to bring together locally provided and family led palliative care services for children, teenagers and young adults on the Isle of Wight. EMH is working with the Isle of Wight NHS and other local groups, organisations and Island families to make this happen.

Over a period of time a range of services will be developed offering flexible, individualised care and support, in the place of choice, and built around the unique needs of each family. These services will be coordinated centrally, and delivered by a multi-professional team, working together with each family to support their wishes and care choices and will extend to friends and all those involved..

EMH is already setting up a Family Network to bring together Island families who are affected by life shortening conditions and to provide them with help and support through their Information & Support Centre in the John Cheverton Centre.

Donations would be very much appreciated and we thank you for your continued support.

www.justgiving.com/EMH-KissyPuppy

 

Caulkheads Barn Dance for Sophie Rolf

Island Band ‘The Caulkheads’ are having a ‘Barn Dance’ in aid of KissyPuppy – The Sophie Rolf fund.

On Friday 3rd May 2013 at Wootton Community Centre come along and join the fun. Starting at 8pm and going on until 10.30pm. Entrance is £3, please phone 880118 to reserve your ticket just in case.

The Caulkheads are an amplified acoustic band who have many years experience playing for Ceilidhs and Barn Dances. They come from varied musical backgrounds.

Their dances are a mix of traditional and contemporary and their music ranges from English, Irish and Scottish to American, Breton, Czech and Romanian.

The sound could best be described as lively or even stompy, however their infill music can be lively or gentle, ranging from polkas to waltzes.

www.caulkheads.co.uk

Caulkheads

Sophie Rolf is a beautiful, happy, larger than life little girl who, a few months before her 5th birthday, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. She has responded to therapy well and most importantly with courage and a smile that has inspired all of those around her.

Unfortunately the prognosis is still poor. What this devastating process has highlighted to Sophie’s family, is the limited healthcare options available for children living or dying from life limiting conditions on the island.

Currently, children from the Isle of Wight travel to Winchester for respite or end of life care, which for Sophie and her family would be a three hour journey each way.

The Sophie Rolf fund, KissyPuppy, is raising money for Earl Mountbatten Hospice to create an interim Island-based solution to support local children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

The Earl Mountbatten Hospice is an independent charity providing comprehensive end-of-life healthcare for the Isle of Wight community. They support and care for adults living with and dying from a life-limiting illness and they are looking at how they can extend these services to children.

The Hospice is working in partnership with Sophie’s parents, and other interested organisations and families on the Island, to research both the need and opportunity to develop its services in the future to include children and young people.

Earl Mountbatten Hospice is committed to improving the range of services and facilities to meet palliative health and social care needs of children and their families and carers on the Isle of Wight in the long term.

The severity of Sophie’s rare condition means that in the interim a place may be needed at the Hospice to support Sophie and her family in her final days. Currently Sophie must travel off the Isle of Wight for much of her treatment, the nearest hospice for children is based in Winchester.

The initial target is to raise £10,000 for Earl Mountbatten Hospice to transform a space into a child friendly residence on the Hospice site, not just for Sophie, but for other children and families who may need this service in the future, would bridge the gap whilst new long term services are being explored.

We appreciate the phenomenal support for Sophie and her family from the Community on the Isle of Wight and the wider support we have received. We would now like to raise funds together with the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, to create an Island based solution that would support children on the Isle of Wight with life limiting conditions and provide end of life care.

Donations would be very much appreciated and we thank you for your continued support.

www.justgiving.com/EMH-KissyPuppy