Bodie Hodges Foundation

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Up and down the country, there are thousands of people doing good deeds every day, and we decided to celebrate the great work that charities undergo with a regular feature on Tuesdays, to tie-in with #CharityTuesday on Twitter. This week, we caught up with the Bodie Hodges Foundation to find out more...

Where are you based and what geographical areas do you support people in?
We are a Leicester based charity and target families in the East Midlands that have been bereaved of a child. Although this is the area we target we will support appropriate families wherever they are based.

How do you support people?
We have recently opened Bodie’s Boathouse at Tallington Lakes near Stamford to allow families that have lost a child to come and spend time together, reflect and hopefully start to get back on their feet.

We work with a number referral partners to allocate appropriate families a suitable week for them to stay at the Boathouse and we hope that we have created an environment that is comfortable and safe for them to enjoy their stay.

How did the charity come to be founded?
The charity was founded in 2012 following the tragic death of Bodie Hodges following a choking accident at home. The Foundation was set up in his honour.

How many people do you have working at the charity?
We have 1 part time member of staff, 6 Trustees and a team of around 30 volunteers.

How can people support you?
Since the Boathouse was opened in October 2016 we have supported 10 families with time at away Tallington Lakes. We hope accommodate around 30 families each year. We therefore need to continue our fundraising efforts to ensure that the standard of the Boathouse is maintained.

During Bodie’s time in hospital before he passed away, the difficult decision was made to sign up to the Organ Donation Register. As a result of this, Bodie’s organs went on to save 4 other children’s lives. One of the main objectives now that the Boathouse is open, is to increase the awareness of organ donation and to increase the number of people on the register.

Have you faced any challenges along the way?
In our early years, we had the misfortune to have used a fundraising site that was shut down due to mismanagement. As a result we lost a significant amount of the funds we had raised to that point. This was really disappointing for all concerned.

Do you have any charity events coming up and where can people find out about these events?
We run a number of different events year, but our main event is a Sports Dinner that takes place in March every year. This year we have an evening Jimmy Bullard, the former professional footballer and reality TV star.

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Is there any advice you could give to other charities?
The advice we would give is value your volunteers, supporters and sponsors. Give back to them what you can and make sure they know how much their efforts are appreciated.

You can find out more about Bodie Hodges Foundation at their website, Facebook or Twitter.