I’m an extremely happy bunny.


It’s just been confirmed that Henry Dancer Days has been successful in a bid to Children in Need. We’re to receive funds to support the Storytelling Project in the RVI’s Paediatric Oncology Wards.

I filled in the application with some trepidation but am now delighted that I did. The assessment team described it as one of the most inspiring projects they read this year.


I’ve always hoped that the project would help the kids and families and, on reading the reference given by the RVI, know that we’re achieving what we wanted to.


A CLIC Sargent Social Worker wrote,

“(It) happens twice a week both on the Ward and on the Day Unit.


“The children in the Day Unit and on the Inpatient Ward look forward to the Story teller coming in to sit with them and tell a story of their choice. We have seen children be distracted from the anxiety of going to Theatre for Lumber Punctures or Bone Marrow extractions to great effect, reducing their anxieties and providing a safe space for them to be.


“The Story teller works closely with the ward staff identifying children who may have the greatest need on the day, providing an extra service to the Oncology patients and this is highly valued by staff and families.”


I have more ‘cunning plans’ for the future – I just need to keep bringing the money in to make them happen!

A small selection of the books donated by the Ellen Timney Foundation which we’ve given to the children.Picture1


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