A documentary about Helen House consisting of 8 episodes will be aired on BBC 2, starting from Tuesday January 9: From the BBC 2 Programme directory:
The Children of Helen House
Tue 9 Jan, 10:00 pm - 10:30 pm 30mins
A look at life in Helen House, the world's first centre for children with life limiting illnesses. Louise and Leyton spend 16 hours a day looking after their one-year-old.
Helen and Douglas House is one charity strongly supported by Zoë in the past, so for that reason alone it is worth checking this, but there is a chance Zoë will actually appear in one of the episodes. I have no details at this stage when this might be, but I will be recording all episodes.
I have asked the BBC and Helen House if they would agree to have the full series of 8 programmes put at Zoe-Mace-International.
Helen House did respond positively, but I have not heard from the BBC.
Moreover, considering the extremely sensitive and emotional contents of these documentaries, I have come to the conclusion that it would not be right to make them available to the general public anyway.
Having watched the first two episodes, they represent extraordinary and deeply moving viewing, which may well upset people. (The death of a one year old child is involved, and the decision by the parents to donate organs of their child.)
Of course, at the same time there are also uplifting moments - and the series shows the extraordinary work done at Helen House.
If anyone is interested in collecting the full set of videos, please let me know by private Message or e-mail, and I'll give you the download links. I think that's the only proper way of going about sharing this very sensitive material. (Each video will be close to 30 minutes, and be 60-70 MB in WMV format.)
And - need I say? - it is a further illustration of Zoë's commitment to raising funds for children afflicted by (possibly) terminal diseases.
If any young singer deserves full support for such dedication, it surely must be Zoë!
Last Tuesday, episode 6 of The Children of Helen House was broadcast on BBC 2. This episode featured coverage of "Childish Things" 2005, an annual fundraising initiative on behalf of Helen and Douglas House.
In 2005, Zoë was one of the performers, at 10 years of age. The episode shows a few glimpses of Zoë performing but they are enough to illustrate her extraordinary talent.
This Thursday, it will be two years since Zoë's younger sister Jodie died - and I am impressed with the courage shown by the family.
I have put together extracts of episode 6, which you can view/download via this link: