The Snowdrop Centre run by Donna's Dream House is a facility which offers bereaved parents and siblings after the death of a child, FREE short breaks in Blackpool. Families can apply by completing a nomination form which can be found on the Stay With Us page, on our website.
The Snowdrop Centre is in the process of developing an informal 'drop in listening service' which will support local bereaved parents. The service will be run by volunteers and will run once a month.
The Snowdrop Centre has undergone a major makeover in the lounge area. Volunteers have worked hard giving up their time and offering their skills free of charge and now the lounge is a relaxing area which families who stay with us can use.
One of the first families to stay since the lounge was redecorated left a wonderful message in the visitors book, "Thank you for allowing our family to come to Donna's Dream House Snowdrop Centre, Len, Barbara, Mark, Gill and Kirsty and all the volunteers work so hard to make sure we have an amazing time. Our memories of Emma's happy place will last forever, and her special place in the 'Angel Garden' is so beautiful."
Emma's family enjoyed a stay at Donna's Dream House when their daughter Emma was very ill. The family made so many good memories here that for a little while they forgot about all their worries. Sadly after a brave battle Emma died in 2017 aged just nineteen years old. Emma's family applied for a short break through the Snowdrop Centre. Blackpool was one of Emma's happy places so when the family stayed they felt it right to leave a small tribute to Emma in the Snowdrop Memory Garden.
The Snowdrop Centre recently organised a community planting event which saw local schools from across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre getting involved. Small groups of children from the local schools helped to plant initially 5,000 of 30,000 snowdrop bulbs in the grounds of Stanley Park. Volunteers from the Hilton Blackpool also came along to help and support the event.
The purpose of the event was to begin developing a snowdrop trail which will extend the flowering season of the park for all families to enjoy. The Snowdrop trail will also be used as a feature which parents can walk along and reflect during our annual Snowdrop gathering. The Snowdrop gathering is an event that sees bereaved families come together to remember their special children. We hope to plant further sections of the trail over the coming years.