Sophie Rolf is Flower Girl for Auntie Lucy

Our little girls strength and determination is beyond words. The more poorly she becomes it seems the more determine she gets. This afternoon after suffering a seizure last night and sleeping most the morning she put on her pretty dress and walked down the aisle as a flower girl for her Auntie Lucy. So proud of you Sophie xxxx

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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 poor. 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 would now like to raise 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.

Sophie’s Raffle

Gems Bridal Wear and Sydenhams will be holding a raffle at Gems Bridal Show on 23rd September 2012 at Cowes Yacht Haven in aid of the Sophie Rolf Fund. Tickets are £1 each with some amazing prizes to be won. Tickets can be purchased from gems Bridal Wear, Scarrots lane, Newport or from Sydenhams on Forests Road.

Xbox 360 and games – Currys staff
Kindle – Matt and Gemma Ricketts
1 Nights stay for 2 people  – Bourne Hall Hotel
£50 voucher  Marks and Spencer – Harrison Black
Bouncy Castle free hire for a day – iTS
Car Valet  – Fairlee Service station
Dinner for two – New Holmwood Cowes
Lunch for two  – French Franks
Two meat vouchers  – Hamilton Butchers
A print  – Rembrant Gallery
Hair dressing hamper – Couture (Billy)
Luxury Manicure and Pedicure – Beauty Spot
Voucher, cut and blow dry – Jacks
Hair Products  – Rootz
£15 Voucher – Chessell Pottery
Family Voucher  – Robin Hill
£50 Voucher  – Blushing Blooms
Portrait fitting  – Mobile Portrait studio (Duncan)
£50 voucher, and a book – West Wight Disco
Portrait  – Portrait Pencil Art (Artist)
Photo shoot and 3 prints  – Photographer Marcelle Edwards
Voucher  – J R Play
Champagne High Tea – Enchanted Manor
Voucher – Sugar & Spice
Voucher – Tile Superstore
Ice cream Vouchers – Plaza
Meal for two – Wheatsheaf
2x family bowling tickets – LA Bowl
£30 Voucher – Table Table
Ferry ticket for car and four people – Wightlink
Makita 216 drill and bit set – SEP
Stabila Torpedo Level – Brian Hyde
300mm Diamond Blade – OX
Trade Select Thermostatic Shower  – Roper Rhodes
SDS Drill and Chisel set  – Andrew @ Sydenhams H/O
Tin Of Roses  – Andrew @ Sydenhams H/O
Tembe Trade Box – Tembe
16 PC Flat bit set – TLL Tools
13 PC Flat bit set – TLL  Tools
8 PC Flat Bit set – TLL Tools
2 x P&O Ferry Dover to Calais Day Return Car plus 9 passengers  – P&O
Session infrared Therapy Cabin for 2 – ?
Barnett £15.00 and £ 10.00 Hair voucher – Barnetts
Zen Dream Massage £45.00 – Zen
Meal for 2 at the Duke of York – Duke ofYork
JollyRogersFree Childs Entry X 2 – JR Zone
Coleman’s Farm Family Ticket 2 adults and  2 children – Coleman’s Farm
Ronseal £ 50.00 Voucher – Ronseal
V-tech Safety boots/shoes – V-tech
£ 100.00 Voucher for Cider Barn – Steve Hall
£ 100.00 Voucher for chocolate factory – Steve Hall
Morphy Richards Kettle and 4 slice toaster – Sydenhams K&B
Fishing Reel  – Scotties
10 driving lesson value £250 – DLIW


A big thank you to everyone who has donated prizes so far and with more prizes being donated every day this is a raffle ticket you cannot do with out.