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Major Gifts

Our donors are an amazing group of people. The vast majority of the £5 million needed to run Helen & Douglas House comes from individuals, just like you, whose generosity helps to make it all happen!


We are keen to work closely with those who are able to make gifts of over £1000. If you would like to find out what a world of difference your generosity could make, talk to us today about how we can work together to support the essential work of Helen & Douglas House. With your help, we can continue to make sure that each and every child and young adult receives one-to-one medical care, support and friendship at no cost to themselves.


To find out more about how you can make a real difference to the families that need our care please contact Hugh Thompson on or call 01865 799150.

£1000 could pay for five days of nursing care. Our nurses are at the forefront of our service with patients, and the nursing team are involved with all aspects of care we provide. Our nurses make sure that not only are our guests’ complex care plans are followed, but that Helen & Douglas House is also a place to have fun and live life to the fullest.

Douglas House is a lifeline, a sanctuary and a retreat… If anything goes wrong there is always someone to talk to. –  Douglas House mum

£5000 could pay for ten bereaved families to have monthly sessions with one of our bereavement counsellors for a year. Our Family Support & Bereavement team provides a safe space for parents and siblings to talk about their grief and loss. You would be helping us to ensure we can offer comfort and support for as long as families need us.

We were supported in every way possible by people who understood what we were going through and how we were feeling. – Helen House parents

£10,000 could pay for a child or young adult to receive four long weekends’ respite care over a year. Our guests often feel isolated at home, and we know they value the chance to make friends with other people their own age on weekends like this. Our expertise means that families can relax in the knowledge that their loved ones are receiving the best possible care and attention.

Coming to Douglas House gives me a fun-filled time-out from an otherwise difficult routine life. For my family the respite is a godsend. My parents need this to recharge their batteries. – Douglas House guest

£30,000 could help to pay for a specialist outreach nurse to develop our ties to the community.
Outreach care means we are able to offer families and young people more choice about where their care is delivered, as well as sharing our expertise with community nursing teams and ensuring we can reach more young people. That might mean helping families to be together over Christmas, or enabling a child near the end of their life to be cared for at home.


[We want] to empower the local teams and to enable the child to receive good palliative care wherever they choose to be cared for. – Karen Brombley, nurse consultant

£100,000 allows us to plan for the future. We want to make sure that the families who rely on our support do not need to journey alone, and can be secure in knowing they will have continuity of care, whenever they need it.

It took us a couple of years to be brave enough to go to Helen House … I was overwhelmed – it was nothing like I had imagined. On a whim we went, and we have never looked back since. – Helen House mum



You will receive regular updates, keeping you informed about those aspects of our work which interest you.

You will be invited to join us at special events throughout the year, including an annual drinks reception.

You will have opportunities to see our vital work at first hand by visiting the charity, meeting the team and seeing the difference your gift has made.

We will make every effort to work together with you to provide the best care possible to families who find themselves in unimaginably difficult circumstances.



Hugh Thompson
Major Gifts
01865 799150

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