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Rainbows names Dee Sissons CEO as hospice eyes 25th year

Dee Sissons has been named Chief Executive Officer at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People and will be taking the charity into its 25th anniversary year.

Latterly she was Executive Director of Nursing for Marie Curie, the largest and most successful UK provider of end-of-life care. 

Dee has over 40 years’ experience of palliative care nursing and has a national reputation as a proven corporate leader in a healthcare setting.

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Tennis tournament serves up support for Rainbows

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People launched its official charity partnership with the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham.

And British players Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara visited the hospice in Loughborough to serve up a sample of ‘Centre Court’ excitement on-site.

The two players, who have been involved in the Loughborough Trophy British Tennis played tennis with youngsters from the hospice.

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Shoppers lend a hand in support of hospice youngsters

Shoppers gave a hand in support of Rainbows – by leaving their mark to create a beautiful rainbow of multi-coloured handprints.

Rainbows volunteers and staff were ‘on-hand’ in the town centre outside the charity’s Loughborough shop to encourage members of the public to engage in the hand-painting activity, leave their print to create a work of art - and learn more about how youngsters with life-limiting illness and their families are supported.

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Foxes skipper Morgan ‘moved’ to meet cub supporters at Rainbows

Leicester City Football Club skipper Wes Morgan met two of the youngest Foxes supporters when he capped his Premier League season with a visit to Rainbows Hospice.

Wes kicked off his end-of season break to wow youngsters with life-limiting conditions during his visit to support the Loughborough-based charity – the only specialist care centre of its kind across the region.

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American Pie legend McLean signs up to Rainbows guitar

Legendary American singer/songwriter Don McLean has backed Rainbows Hospice – by adding his mark to a guitar signed by leading rock icons to raise cash for the East Midlands charity.

The Fender Stratocaster, featuring the signatures of some of the world’s leading guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Brian May and Jimmy Page, went missing 10 years ago and was only recovered by Leicestershire police earlier this year, after appearing on eBay.

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Lawyer set for 630-mile hike to support hospice youngsters

A leading East Midlands lawyer inspired by a visit to Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People is to walk 630 miles to raise money for the charity.

Andy Matthews, 56, from Wymeswold, Leicestershire, will take six weeks away from the office at Gateley Plc, where he is a partner and head of the firm’s Nottingham office, to hike around England’s South West Coast Path to complete the epic trek.

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Sarah’s 24-hour tennis marathon for Rainbows

A Nottingham recruitment specialist and tennis enthusiast will be pounding the court for a non-stop 24-hour marathon – to raise cash for youngsters with life-limiting conditions.

Sarah Wright, a team leader with Totaljobs in Nottingham will take on a series of games, sets and matches around the clock at her local club in West Bridgford, with the support of a small army of fellow members later this month to raise cash for Rainbows.

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Incredibubble fun guaranteed at Bubble Rush Derby

Thousands of people are set to take part in the Rainbows Bubble Rush event at Derby’s Markeaton Park, a multi-coloured, frothy fun-filled fundraiser for all the family organised by Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. We take a look at two Derbyshire children benefiting from the Loughborough-based hospice for youngsters with life-limiting conditions – and how families are supported by the charity.

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Rainbows Matron set for world’s biggest half marathon challenge

Rainbows Matron Helen Cooper admits she is more comfortable running a hospice care team than running on the open road.

But come September she’ll be lacing up her trainers to take part in the world’s biggest half marathon, the Great North Run, to raise cash for the charity, which supports youngsters with life-limiting conditions and their families across the East Midlands.

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Royal representative meets Rainbows families

The Queen’s designated representative in Nottingham and his deputies visited Rainbows hospice for youngsters with life-limiting conditions and to learn about the care it provides to families across the East Midlands.

Vice Lord Lieutenant Tim Richmond, OBE, visited the Loughborough-based charity – the only specialist care centre of its kind across the region – and chatted with staff and families.