The chosen charity for this show was Children's Hospice Association Scotlandand they benefited from a donation of £2,500.
At the AGM of the Glasgow Light Opera Club in February 2004, the club members voted to support CHAS - The Children's Hospice Association Scotland for a fifth successive year, and they will benefit from our production of 'South Pacific'.The Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. CHAS was founded in 1992 by a small group of parents and professionals who understood the needs of children with life limiting conditions and their families. Their aim was to provide hospice services in Scotland to children and their families in line with need and demand. At this time Scotland had no children's hospice, forcing families to make long journeys across the border with their sick children to receive the support and practical help that only a children's hospice can offer.
Scotland's first children's hospice, Rachel House, was opened in 1996, providing: ·specialist palliative support through respite care and emergency care for children with life limiting, life threatening and terminal conditions; ·regular short term breaks for children and their families; ·terminal care and bereavement counselling; ·friendship, information, advice and practical support for families, with help available in their own homes at times of special stress.
Due to the increase in demand at Rachel House, a decision to start developing a second children's hospice was made, this time located in the West of Scotland. It is estimated that three children's hospices strategically placed around the country would just about meet the existing needs. Consequently the second children's hospice, along with Rachel House will provide a nationwide service in Scotland.
This second hospice, while offering all the services which Rachel House currently offers, will in addition offer a specialist unit solely for teenagers. At present over 50 teenagers with life limiting conditions use the services of Rachel House. Like all teenagers their needs are very different to those of younger children. Likewise, they do not fit in to the adult hospice scene that focuses primarily on oncology conditions. CHAS is collaborating with those teenagers who use Rachel House to create a facility that will readily meet their needs.
The site of this second hospice is in Balloch, on the shores of Loch Lomond, and is currently undergoing development.