Michele Darling makes a substantial donation to paediatric hospice in Milton



    Rose Cherry's Home for Kids to be Renamed The Darling Home for Kids

    MILTON, ON, April 12 /CNW/ - The next phase of growth for a local hospice
that has already helped numerous chronically ill children has been assured
through a generous donation made by philanthropist Michele Darling and her
family. Formerly known as Rose Cherry's Home for Kids, the hospice, open since
2004 and originally conceived by The Cedarbrook Society, will now be called
The Darling Home for Kids.
    "It has been ten long years to get Rose Cherry's Home for Kids up and
running, and as a family all of our personal goals have been met, so it is
time to move on. I want to thank the volunteers, tradesmen, corporations, and
the government. Without their assistance, our dream would never have been
fulfilled. Good luck to all," quoted Mr. Don Cherry whose late wife Rose was
his inspiration for naming the Home. As a lasting tribute, The Board of
Directors will name the entrance laneway to the Home, "Rose Cherry Lane", in
her honour.
    "We are very excited to be supporting this hospice, which is providing
the kind of care that parents and their chronically ill children simply can't
get anywhere else," said Michele Darling. "The hospice also aligns with our
goals in supporting young people: helping kids to be ready to live, ready to
learn and ready to lead. We are proud to be expanding our previous support,
which was through a grant from our Halo Foundation, and are very honoured that
the hospice will carry our family name."

    About The Darling Home for Kids

    Conceived and financed by the philanthropic activities of The Cedarbrook
Society, the vision to build a children's hospice respite centre was the
result of the recognized need to establish a special place of refuge for
chronically ill children who are medically fragile and/or technology
dependent.
    In 2004 that vision became reality as Rose Cherry's Home for Kids opened
its doors in Milton and began providing respite and palliative care to
chronically ill children in a home-like environment. Since then the Home has
serviced numerous children, providing a much needed break for parents.
    This gift from the Darling family to name the Home will help the
organization achieve its next phase of growth. The funds will be utilized to
expand the building, enhance service and plan for the future.

    About The Cedarbrook Society

    The mission of The Cedarbrook Society remains unchanged, that is, to
achieve excellence in the provision of paediatric respite and palliative care
at the Home in Milton. The organization continues to be spearheaded by a
dedicated Board of Directors and Staff, and their commitment to fundraise for
operations remains strong with plans well underway for the group's 2007
Signature Events; specifically the Golf Tournament on August 1st and the
Comfort & Joy Gala on November 8th. The only change is to the name of the
Home. All services, partnerships, government support, staff and board remain
unchanged.
    The Cedarbrook Society looks forward with enthusiasm to the years ahead
as they continue along the path of providing much needed service and support
to families and children with chronic and life-threatening illness at The
Darling Home for Kids.





For further information:

For further information: Kristin Horrell, Manager of Fundraising,
Administration and Development at (905) 878-7673 or visit
www.darlinghomeforkids.ca

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