Today the Head of Bombardier Transportation Germany Michael Fohrer handed over a 5,000 euro donation to the Björn Schulz Foundation’s inpatient children’s hospice center Sonnenhof in Berlin. The hospice center provides care for families with children and young adults aged 0 - 27 facing life-shortening illnesses. The donation will be used to furnish a ‘feel-good’ room – a dedicated area in which relatives can have undisturbed conversations with therapists in a protected and comforting atmosphere during difficult times. As such a room was previously lacking, this was not possible until now.
The donation was made possible thanks to prize money won from the Berlin Brandenburg Innovation Award. Last year, Bombardier Transportation won this award in recognition for its work on developing a new sustainable battery-powered train and the winning team decided to use a portion of the 10,000 euro to support the local community where they operate. In addition to the children’s hospice donation, the remaining portion of the prize money will be used to organize a student hackathon event to develop the ‘Train of the Future,’ in cooperation with Technische Universität Berlin.
Michael Fohrer, Head of Bombardier Transportation in Germany, said, “Today’s visit to the hospice was very inspiring and will definitely have a long-lasting emotional impact. I am pleased that with our donation to the Björn Schulz Foundation, we are able to make a social contribution exactly where it is urgently needed: to support affected families, to accompany them throughout their difficult journey and to make the remaining time with their loved ones as positive as possible for everyone involved.”
Gudrun Crämer, Managing Director of the Björn Schulz Foundation, explained, “To describe our work at the hospice, I would like to quote Cicely Saunders, the founder of the hospice movement, whose words could not be any more precise: ‘We cannot add days to life, but we can add life to days.’”
After the symbolic check handover, the Bombardier Transportation representatives gained insights into the hospice’s work during a tour through the bright, colourful and friendly-designed house.
Bombardier Transportation shapes public transport in the Berlin metropolitan region, from trams and subways to S-Bahn and regional trains. More than half of all trains have been manufactured by Berlin-Brandenburg’s largest vehicle manufacturer or its predecessors. With the company’s headquarter office in Berlin and around 2,700 employees working for Bombardier within the region, it is clear that the company is deeply rooted in the German capital and is one of the region’s largest employers.
The Björn Schulz Foundation accompanies, disburdens and strengthens families with terminally ill children, adolescents and young adults since more than 20 years. To ensure that the families can remain in their home environment, they are individually supported by various outpatient services of the foundation. This way, around 500 families in Berlin and Brandenburg can be accompanied.
Since 1997, the outpatient children’s hospice service has been the first in Germany to relieve the burden on families with volunteer family companions. In the Sonnenhof, the foundation's inpatient children’s hospice in Berlin-Pankow, sick children and their families have been accompanied in crisis situations, as part of relief care and in the final phase of their lives since 2002. There are twelve guest beds and five parent apartments available for this purpose.
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