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Family Stories

Meet some of the children and families we support and find out how our care made the difference to their children living with life-limiting conditions.

Mike

Listen to Mike’s story to learn how we supported him and his sons, Ben and Ollie.

Jenny

Listen to Jenny and her son’s story who was diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome shortly after birth.

What families say:

“Hospice’ used to be a scary word for us but now it represents safety, friendship, fun and an opportunity to be ourselves while Toby gets the best care and playmates any little boy could ask for.”

Tim, Toby’s dad

“Coming to Helen & Douglas House has made all the difference in the world to Josh and us as a family.

By helping us as parents and giving us respite, advice, emotional support and medical guidance, we are so much better able to care for Josh.”

Claire, Josh’s Mum

“Without Helen & Douglas House, we would be exhausted. We would be lost without their help.

Sometimes we stay at Helen & Douglas House to get a settled night’s sleep, and sometimes we come home and have a break from our child’s extra needs.”

Mary, Jack’s mum

“If we didn’t have the support of Helen & Douglas House we would not have had a plan in place for Jessica when she became too ill to be at home.”

Victoria, Jessica’s mum

Our stories

A Day in the Life of a Siblings Worker

A Day in the Life of a Siblings Worker

We primarily care for children living with life-shortening and terminal conditions. But, we also provide support for siblings too. ... Read more

Meet Carissa – Assistant Catering Manager at Helen & Douglas House

Meet Carissa – Assistant Catering Manager at Helen & Douglas House

We'd like to introduce you to Carissa, our assistant catering manager here at Helen & Douglas House. She's been with us for 9 ... Read more

An Egg-cellent Easter party at the hospice

An Egg-cellent Easter party at the hospice

Last Sunday, the hospice hosted a sunshine-filled day of festive fun for the children and their families. There were lots of laughter, ... Read more

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