The recent inaugural Romania Ball for Hospices of Hope held at the Waldorf Hotel, London was specifically designed to raise funds for completion of the new hospice in Bucharest. Building works were completed earlier this year, but the Appeal still needs the final monies for equipment, training and nine months running costs before it can open its doors.
Hospices of Hope is the leading palliative care charity in South Eastern Europe who are dedicated to improving the life of the terminally ill in Romania and surrounding countries by increasing access to hospice care and training. Hospice of Hope believes everyone deserves the best possible care at the end of life. However, in developing countries like Romania, Serbia and Moldova many patients still die in pain, without being offered any physical, spiritual or emotional comfort. After longer than 20 years after the fall of communism these are still some of the poorest countries in Europe, with a struggling healthcare system that offers little or nothing in the way of hospice care.
The theme of the evening of Old Bucharest – little Paris of the East – struck a nostalgic note with many of the Romanian guests in the room and set the tone and brought a flavor of Romania to the Adelphi Suite in London. Guests were treated to traditional music by the Romanian Gypsy Band Dunajska Kapeley during the champagne reception and early part of the dinner. This was followed with spine-tingling performances by mezzo-Soprano Ruxandra Donose who managed to find time in-between her rehearsals at the Royal Opera House to sing two beautiful arias accompanied by the highly-accomplished classical pianist Sergiu Tuhutziu. Also in attendance on the night were Patrons Alina Cojocaru, Principle Dancer with the English National Ballet (who has raised over £60,000 for the Bucharest Hospice Appeal) and Princess Marina Sturza (photo left) who gave a moving speech and update of the new Hospice project.
Hospices of Hope are deeply appreciative of the tremendous support and goodwill of those of who attended on the evening and who contributed to the success of the event. Our thanks also to our supporters, whose tireless work to see our patients in this new, desperately-needed facility is so much appreciated.
If you would like to find out more about the work of Hospices of Hope or future events, visit the website www.hospicesofhope.co.uk/events for further details.
Photos: Will Tyler