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Time out for families with seriously ill children, Irmengard-Hof, Chiemsee

Gstadt am Chiemsee, Germany

Enabling families with seriously ill and handicapped children to take time out from worries, visits to the doctor and hospital stays, in the barrier-free aftercare and recreation centre, the Irmemgard-Hof in Gstadt am Chiemsee

Leonie Schaeff from Regine Sixt Kinderhilfe Stiftung | 
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About this project

Since 1996 the Irmengard-Hof of the Björn Schulz Foundation has enabled families with seriously ill and handicapped children to take a break from their worries in beautiful surroundings. In the barrier-free aftercare and recreation house in Gstadt am Chiemsee, those affected forget their worries after a short time, leave their everyday life, which is usually defined by visits to the doctor and the hospital, behind them and recharge their batteries. The Irmengard-Hof team pays great attention to ensuring that every family member finds something suitable for them during their stay. Thus, the socio-pedagogical team puts a versatile programme on its feet, which is suitable for parents as well as for healthy siblings. In the three-sided courtyard, which has been renovated according to the latest technical standards, large family rooms, a handicrafts and LEGO room, a billiard room, a barn with table football, table tennis table and lots of space for children and adults to play. If you want to be alone in between, the Star Room or the Room of Silence also offer the possibility to do so. Every room is accessible up to the roof by lift and stair lift, also with a wheelchair.

Also accessible by wheelchair is the spacious petting enclosure, which is a special attraction at the Irmengard-Hof. The sick children enjoy it when the two trusting donkeys Beppo and Blümchen nestle their heads against them or the dwarf ponies Teddy and Joy joyfully greet the little visitors. And the healthy siblings get bright eyes when they are allowed to help with the stable work and the feeding times. The organised donkey and pony walks along the banks of Lake Chiemsee are also very popular. A playground with handicapped-accessible playground equipment as well as a trampoline facility and wheelchair-accessible lake access round off the outdoor facilities.

The costs for the maintenance of the grounds as well as the historical farm, for the food of the animals of the petting zoo, or for the handicapped accessible technical equipment of the rooms are ongoing. Also the preparation of the extensive offers for the families and siblings during their stay is expensive. The Irmengard-Hof is mainly financed by donations. This is where the Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation would like to start with your help. Only through financial support is it possible for seriously ill children and their families to continue to gather new strength in this unique place - for a time full of life.
Updated at 18. March 2020