Donna’s Dream House is a holiday home for children and teenagers with life-threatening or terminal illnesses, situated in the heart of Blackpool. The Dream House is run completely by volunteers and encourages and sparks the imagination. It’s how any child would imagine the perfect holiday to be. It’s full of light and laughter, fun and - most importantly - life. Since it's start, Donna's Dream House has hosted and helped almost 380 families. 300 of those children have now sadly passed away, but the families who are left behind will always cherish the memories from Donna’s Dream House.
The house consists of four family apartments, all with themed rooms for absolute escapism. Themes include Winnie the Pooh’s Den, Cartoon World, Teddy Bear World and a Tangerine Room decked out with Blackpool Football Club merchandise. As well as each family having their own ‘apartment’, there is a fabulous garden area to the rear of the house, a center for teenagers, and possibly the most poignant room of the house, a pretty wooden chapel-like quiet room set on its own grounds. The next phase of the house was to build a bereavement centre, where parents and relatives can go to be with others in similar situations.
|Source: Blackpool Gazette|
Except on Wednesday 21st December 2011, in the middle of the night, arsonists broke into the office building and adjacent health center. There they stole essential computer equipment and damaged the suite, before setting fire to the furniture. When the fire was discovered, it was almost too late. The building was so badly damaged that it may have to be rebuilt completely, with total damages estimated in excess of £80,000/$125,000. More importantly, the fire destroyed photographs and mementoes of Donna, and hope. The opening sentence of Donna’s Dream House’s website reads: Christmas is cancelled. For some of the families due to attend it might have been the last one.
Devastated to see this happening in her home town, Luna asked her fellow Write Hope members if they would return for a new fundraiser. Over the next few weeks we will step up to that challenge by hosting a new auction - Write Dreams - for Donna's Dream House. It won't bring back Christmas, but hopefully it will ease the pain.
(Note: we are in no way affiliated with Donna's Dream House, except in thinking it's an awesome cause that needs a little help right now.)