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Having a terminally ill child means that you look for the magic in any moment you have together.
The children who come to us at Helen & Douglas House need us to help them face challenges every day of their short lives. But without your help, we can’t give them the expert care and support they need.
Sadly, when serious illness affects a child, family life is turned upside down and time together becomes more precious than ever before.
A donation will help us to ensure families like Nathan’s have the chance to create those happy memories of their time together even if that time is short.
It costs £3.6 million a year to run both hospices, and 85% of this comes from people like you. As a charity, we rely on your support to keep our doors open. Every donation makes a big difference to the families of the babies and children we care for.
For 6-year-old Nathan and his family, coming to Helen & Douglas House means they are able to spend time together without having to worry about the care and support he needs, every day.
Nathan has a condition called Prader-Willi syndrome, which is caused by a genetic defect that happens purely by chance. It causes a wide range of problems, including learning difficulties, low muscle tone, uncontrollable appetite, and severe sleep issues.
Nathan lives in Oxfordshire with his mum and dad, Jenny and Stuart, and his three older siblings Craig, Leigh-Ann, and Kayleigh. After being referred to Helen & Douglas House by their community nursing team, the family have been visiting Helen House for two years.
Giving Nathan and his family the time and space to be together, supporting them and caring for Nathan, means they are able to share those moments that will become treasured memories.
“He gets 100% care at Helen House. The care he receives, both physically and emotionally, is brilliant.’ It gives him a break as well and he loves all the nurses and the playroom. It lets him be him, rather than having to worry about his medical needs.” – Jenny, Nathan’s Mummy
Helen & Douglas House helps local families cope with the challenges of looking after a terminally ill baby or child who will die prematurely. We care for and support them where they choose – at our hospices in Oxford or at home.