We raised £818.40
We rounded up this fantastic total for Helen & Douglas House to £1,000 and here is their letter of thanks that we'd like to share with all those of you who rounded up your pound. The money we've raised will provide 48 one-hour sessions in their arts and crafts room: Read the letter
Helen & Douglas House provides hospice care for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions and support for the families. Helen House opened in 1982 as the world's first children's hospice. Douglas House opened in 2004 as the world's first hospice specifically for young adults aged 16-35.
The two hospice houses offer specialist symptom and pain management, medically-supported short breaks and end-of-life care, as well as counselling and practical support for the whole family. Their aim is to help every young person who visits them to live life to the full... even when that life is short.
Our visit to Helen & Douglas House
The fundraising staff at the hospice were kind enough to invite us to a supporter tour of both houses. Not sure what to expect, we did wonder if the visit might be upsetting; if the hospices would be like hospitals with an air of palpable sadness, but we couldn’t be more wrong. The words we used to describe H&D to our colleagues on our return were positive, bright, and inspiring.
At any one time H&D can be supporting up to 300 families who have a child with a life shortening illness and so you might be surprised to learn that there are only a handful of beds and flats in each hospice house. That’s because some families need more care than others, so although some live there, others simply visit as and when they need to. By keeping the hospices at this size, the care provided is also much more personal and it is certainly much more like visiting a family home or hotel than it is a hospital environment. Rooms and gardens at H&D are designed with sensory equipment, so children with mobility difficulties can still enjoy activities. Swings and roundabouts in the playground accommodate wheelchairs. Every possible consideration has been given to the layout and everywhere – inside and out – is impeccably clean and well kept.