An initiative of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Bear Cottage is the only children’s hospice in New South Wales, located within the grounds of St Patrick’s Estate in Manly, Sydney. Bear Cottage provides palliative care and an opportunity for terminally ill children and their families to recharge their batteries with a much needed break in one of Australia’s most popular family holiday destinations, all while receiving professional medical care.
According to Bear Cottage’s own handbook, “The Cottage is a place where these children and their families can come to be cared for and supported through the good days, the difficult days and the last days.”
It costs $2.3 million dollars just to run this much needed facility for families every year. Bear Cottage is funded entirely via donations. The care that Bear Cottage gives to children and the understanding, support and respite it offers to their families is so very, very important.
Inspired by Bear Cottage and its work, Kate and Chris Buechner of Uber Photography last year created a special fundraising project for the hospice. Little Heroes is a book celebrating the magic of childhood and features gorgeous portraits of Sydney children.
Uber Photography are looking for one hundred and twenty Sydney children to feature in Little Heroes 2010. For $100 your child will be photographed and receive their own page in this year’s book, with every single cent going directly to Bear Cottage.
Your help is needed and greatly appreciated by Bear Cottage and families nation-wide. You can see images from Little Heroes 2009 and contact details for Uber Photography through their blog.