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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.

Twin worries, double the love – Olivia and Oliver’s story

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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.

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Nurse training scheme a national first for Rainbows

A Leicestershire charity supporting youngsters with life-limiting conditions has become the country’s first children’s hospice to begin training its own nursing associates.

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People – a specialist care centre for youngsters with short lives across the East Midlands – says the move makes it the only organisation of its kind to begin developing its own highly trained nurses from existing staff.

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Bloomin’ lovely! Experts take on Rainbows garden design challenge

Award-winning Midlands garden designers Karen Gimson and David Greaves have taken on the challenge to create a garden to raise awareness for Rainbows children’s hospice at a prestigious new festival.

Karen, also a presenter on BBC Radio Leicester’s Down to Earth, along with landscape design and construction expert David are taking on the project to reflect the work of Rainbows, the only specialist centre of its kind in the East Midlands.

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Royal approval for Rainbows Neonatal Link Nurse

A nurse at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young people has received Royal recognition for her ground-breaking neonatal work.

Natalie Horton, was appointed Neonatal Link Nurse at Rainbows two years ago, following a successful pilot project launched at the Loughborough-based charity, a specialist care centre for youngsters with life-limiting conditions.

Natalie’s role involves working closely with Neonatal Units across the East Midlands region, offering a new service to help support families who experience the death of a baby before, during, or shortly after birth.

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Put a spring into your step

People across the East Midlands have a chance to win £3,000 and help support youngsters with life-limiting conditions. Loughborough-based Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People has launched its Spring Superdraw, which helps children like Patrick Langford. For Patrick’s family every birthday is a small miracle. He was born with a rare brain condition, which means he has spent almost half his young life in hospital… 

Patrick taught me how to live for each day