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James’ story

"I cannot put into words what Helen & Douglas House means to us."

James’ story

"I cannot put into words what Helen & Douglas House means to us."

Helen & Douglas House was James’s favourite place and he enjoyed coming to Helen & Douglas House for 15 years for respite care. James lived in Abingdon and died in 2014 age 27 at Douglas House. He had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Lynn said: “Helen & Douglas house means so much more to our family than I could ever put down on paper. It is a place full of love, happiness and care beyond measure. They have laughed, cried with us, and supported us through everything. It was our safe haven.”

“When our son James was 12 he was in hospital with a broken leg. While there we met someone who changed our life forever she was a nurse at Helen House and told us all about this wonderful place. James started to visit Helen House later that year.”

“He enjoyed 15 years at Helen House and later Douglas House. He always enjoyed these visits to his favourite place very much especially the jacuzzi, music room, art room, and computers. He loved interacting with the care team members, joining in with quizzes, and events going on in the house, collecting the autographs of any celebrities who came in. He also enjoyed many outings with them. We knew whenever we left him there he was safe, well cared for and loved.”

“When he left college he did volunteering once a week in the fundraising office, he loved being part of the team and being able to give something back.”

“When we lost James in 2014, we went from the hospital to his favourite place Douglas House where he was cared for to the end, surrounded by love and we were able to be with him. These wonderful people are still supporting us now.”

“As I said, I cannot put into words what Helen & Douglas House means to us, or ever repay their love, kindness, and dedication not only to us but to all the familys’ that visit. Thank you everyone here today for supporting Helen & Douglas House, a place close to our hearts.”