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Meet Lucy – a nurse at Helen & Douglas House

Meet Lucy – a nurse at Helen & Douglas House

Lucy Butters is nurse on our care team here at Helen & Douglas House. As no day is ever the same, we asked her to talk us through ... Read more

Empowering Ivy: A journey of self-discovery through volunteering

Empowering Ivy: A journey of self-discovery through volunteering

Meet Ivy Ivy started as a volunteer at the Wokingham Helen & Douglas House charity shop in September 2022. Within nine months she ... Read more

Home Volunteers of Helen & Douglas House

Home Volunteers of Helen & Douglas House

We care for terminally ill children and their families at our hospice in Oxford, in hospital and at home. The families that we help to ... Read more

Outreach Nursing – Caring for children at home

Outreach Nursing – Caring for children at home

One of the special things about our care at Helen & Douglas House is that we’re able to offer it to children in the place they ... Read more

Makaton – using signs, symbols and speech at the hospice

Makaton – using signs, symbols and speech at the hospice

Communication is an essential life skill and, because speech is not always possible for many of the children who we care for, it is ... Read more

Running the Oxford Half: Emily’s Story

Running the Oxford Half: Emily’s Story

Emily, whose daughter Neve has brain cancer comes to the hospice for short supportive stays, ran the Oxford Half Marathon in 2021 and ... Read more

Hospice school: Back to school

Hospice school: Back to school

Did you know that we have a school at Helen & Douglas House? Some of you might as we did an update a few years ago on our blog. If ... Read more

From volunteer to member of staff

From volunteer to member of staff

‘Volunteering enhanced my skills and reminded me why I went originally went into nursing before I had my children. I loved being back in the care environment. So, when I found myself with more time, I joined the care team as a member of staff, which I am so pleased about.’ Read more

Christmas celebrations at Helen & Douglas House

Christmas celebrations at Helen & Douglas House

We’ve been looking forward to celebrating Christmas this year with our families this year as we weren't able to celebrate in person last year. Find out what special activities we got up to at our Christmas parties and which member of the royal family we visited. Read more

Opening the Helen & Douglas House Garden

Opening the Helen & Douglas House Garden

Her Royal Highness, the former Duchess of Cornwall visited Helen & Douglas House on Tuesday 13th July to meet families supported by the hospice in the garden to learn how they have been coping with the pandemic. Read more

Her Royal Highness, The former Duchess of Cornwall Visits Helen & Douglas House

Her Royal Highness, The former Duchess of Cornwall Visits Helen & Douglas House

Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall visited Helen & Douglas House on Tuesday 13th July to meet families supported by the hospice in the garden to learn how they have been coping with the pandemic. Read more

How Oli celebrate’s Father’s Day

How Oli celebrate’s Father’s Day

‘Helen & Douglas House has given us the opportunity and space to create special memories to treasure during the most difficult of times. As they are a charity, we felt it was so important to raise funds for them to ensure they can continue to care for children like Patrick, and to support families like ours’. Read more

How we support siblings

How we support siblings

‘Helen & Douglas House has given us the opportunity and space to create special memories to treasure during the most difficult of times. As they are a charity, we felt it was so important to raise funds for them to ensure they can continue to care for children like Patrick, and to support families like ours’. Read more

Spring fashion trends: Fresh spring finds from Helen & Douglas House charity shops

Spring fashion trends: Fresh spring finds from Helen & Douglas House charity shops

We’re delighted to introduce you to our Helen & Douglas House seasonal trend picks which is a round-up of the top items selected ... Read more

How we’re ‘Showing a Little Love’ throughout February

How we’re ‘Showing a Little Love’ throughout February

‘Helen & Douglas House has given us the opportunity and space to create special memories to treasure during the most difficult of times. As they are a charity, we felt it was so important to raise funds for them to ensure they can continue to care for children like Patrick, and to support families like ours’. Read more

The therapeutic value of cuddling and stroking a therapy cat at our children’s hospice

The therapeutic value of cuddling and stroking a therapy cat at our children’s hospice

At Helen & Douglas House we love to welcome animals into the hospice to complement and support the palliative care we provide, ... Read more

No New Clothes For A Year

No New Clothes For A Year

Guest blog from sustainable personal styling expert Victoria Lochhead from Frankie & Ruby. No New Clothes For A Year?  Here are ... Read more

Mum Ellie becomes a fundraising inspiration on social media

Mum Ellie becomes a fundraising inspiration on social media

‘Helen & Douglas House has given us the opportunity and space to create special memories to treasure during the most difficult of times. As they are a charity, we felt it was so important to raise funds for them to ensure they can continue to care for children like Patrick, and to support families like ours’. Read more

How we support older children at the hospice and beyond

How we support older children at the hospice and beyond

Emma is our Youth and Transition worker at Helen & Douglas House. She told us about her role at the hospice and how she supports the older children we care for, from the ages of 13-19, until they move on to adult care with other healthcare providers. Read more

How young fundraisers used ‘pedal power’ to raise vital funds

How young fundraisers used ‘pedal power’ to raise vital funds

This summer a group of school friends from The Blake Primary School in Witney took part in a sponsored cycle challenge to raise funds ... Read more

How we have continued to care during a pandemic

How we have continued to care during a pandemic

This is Dr Emily Harrop, our Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Care & Medical Director at the hospice. We found out more about ... Read more

Wardrobe Detox: Your 5 point plan to re-organising your wardrobe

Wardrobe Detox: Your 5 point plan to re-organising your wardrobe

Try detoxing your wardrobe and you’ll find the rewards are liberating and utterly worth it. By donating your discarded items to your ... Read more

Make a virtual gift this Father’s Day to help children like Toby

Make a virtual gift this Father’s Day to help children like Toby

‘Helen & Douglas House has given us the opportunity and space to create special memories to treasure during the most difficult of times. As they are a charity, we felt it was so important to raise funds for them to ensure they can continue to care for children like Patrick, and to support families like ours’. Read more

How Patrick’s family raised over £10,000 in just six months

How Patrick’s family raised over £10,000 in just six months

‘Helen & Douglas House has given us the opportunity and space to create special memories to treasure during the most difficult of times. As they are a charity, we felt it was so important to raise funds for them to ensure they can continue to care for children like Patrick, and to support families like ours’. Read more

Tandem skydive: how it feels to fly whilst raising vital funds for a charity

Tandem skydive: how it feels to fly whilst raising vital funds for a charity

Imagine standing on the edge of an open doorway in an aircraft flying at 13,000 feet. As you experience the noise of the engines and ... Read more

Non-verbal communication: ‘My boys cannot talk but they communicate to me with their eyes’

Non-verbal communication: ‘My boys cannot talk but they communicate to me with their eyes’

As a children’s hospice, we welcome a variety of children of differing ages, abilities and living with a range of conditions through ... Read more

Hospice school: How we help the children keep up with their schoolwork

Hospice school: How we help the children keep up with their schoolwork

You might be surprised to discover a schoolroom at our children’s hospice. Here, every day, we have a teaching assistant to help our ... Read more

8 reasons why our summer pirate party rocked (the boat!)

8 reasons why our summer pirate party rocked (the boat!)

As fun, laughter and creating special memories is at the heart of what we do at Helen & Douglas House, we never miss an excuse for ... Read more

Furniture trends: How to bring style to your home with second-hand treasures from our furniture shops

Furniture trends: How to bring style to your home with second-hand treasures from our furniture shops

This year the public consciousness has turned firmly to helping the planet, so it’s only natural that sustainability is one of the ... Read more

When play therapy turns into a river adventure

When play therapy turns into a river adventure

Helen & Douglas House is well-known for the respite care we provide to babies, children and teenagers and the support we give to ... Read more

Spare a thought for Dad’s like Jason this Father’s Day

Spare a thought for Dad’s like Jason this Father’s Day

Here at Helen & Douglas House we’re asking local families who are celebrating Father’s Day on 16 June to spare a thought for local ... Read more

Meet Rhian, our learning disability nurse

Meet Rhian, our learning disability nurse

For Rhian, one of our learning disability nurses, no shift is ever the same which is due to the nature of the care and ... Read more

What does Mother’s Day mean to Helen & Douglas House mums?

What does Mother’s Day mean to Helen & Douglas House mums?

Mother's Day can be a precious time to celebrate the relationship between mother and child. On the morning of Mother’s Day many ... Read more

Meet Dr Emily Harrop

Meet Dr Emily Harrop

Meet Dr Emily, our Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Care and Lead Doctor. A few years ago, she told us about her career in medicine ... Read more

The benefits of hydrotherapy: How splishy-splashy moments ease a wide range of symptoms

The benefits of hydrotherapy: How splishy-splashy moments ease a wide range of symptoms

One of the things Helen & Douglas House is known for is the respite care we provide for local terminally ill children. When the ... Read more

How our hospice uses outdoor sensory experiences to help terminally ill children

How our hospice uses outdoor sensory experiences to help terminally ill children

Helen & Douglas House charity is known for the care we provide to babies, children and teenagers inside the hospice, but our ... Read more

How our children’s parties create memorable moments for their families

How our children’s parties create memorable moments for their families

We love to throw a good party to create magical moments that really lift our children's spirits and live long in the memory of their ... Read more

The role of music therapy at children’s hospices: We love music and so does Nathan

The role of music therapy at children’s hospices: We love music and so does Nathan

Music positively affects us all physically, psychologically and emotionally and the health benefits of music are ... Read more

How furry friends bring comfort and joy to Helen & Douglas House

How furry friends bring comfort and joy to Helen & Douglas House

Amate Animalia, a charity based in the Cotswolds who educate people about exotic animals & their specialist needs, recently bought ... Read more

How we celebrate Easter at the local children’s hospice

How we celebrate Easter at the local children’s hospice

Easter at a children’s hospice is quite different to other children’s Easter celebrations. Terminally ill children who come to stay at ... Read more

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We need to raise £3.6 million each year to care for local terminally ill children at the hospice and at home.

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