Join a community of donors to help terminally ill children and their families.
The Children’s Champions brings together a special group of supporters who have donated between £500 – £5,000 towards the work of Helen & Douglas House over a year.
By joining the Children’s Champions you’ll be funding exceptional care whilst ensuring our families can create happy memories together for many years to come.
We look forward to welcoming you as a member of The Children’s Champions.
Join the Children’s Champions
Become a Children’s Champion by donating £500 – £5,000 over a year.
Every member of the Children’s Champions is making a real difference to the lives of families going through the unimaginable, and as our relationship develops, we look forward to bringing you more real-life examples of the incredible differences your support is helping to fund.
By being a Children’s Champion, you will help us deliver and expand our service, which means we can support the children and families who need us.
Together we can improve the lives of terminally ill children and their families.
Could help pay for six days of medical supplies for the children supported by the hospice.
Could help pay for the provision of specialist care for two children in their own home, including daily phone calls and regular visits.
Could help to fund 12 hours of bereavement support for four families who have lost a child.
Could help to fund the costs of providing a supportive stay at the hospice for up to three families – giving parents a break from caring responsibilities.
Steve, one of our Children’s Champions said:
“I’ve been supporting Helen & Douglas House for a few years already because my children wanted to get involved with this local charity. Making a regular gift means I know I am fulfilling my responsibility to give what I can, whilst making sure they can continue to do their amazing work.”
Shortly after birth Roman was diagnosed with Alagilles Syndrome. This is a rare genetic condition that can cause various complications. For Roman, it affected his heart (pulmonary atresia). This meant he had no pulmonary artery and his liver didn’t function. After a few weeks in hospital for tests, they couldn’t do any more for him. This was when, in March 2019, Roman and his family came to Helen & Douglas House.
When Roman went home, he continued to be supported and cared for by our incredible medical and outreach teams. As the months rolled on, we visited Roman at his home. On several occasions, he was also admitted back to the hospice, for both emergency and planned care. Roman went on to live for over nine months until, in January 2020, he peacefully died at home. Once again, we were there to support his whole family with bereavement care when they needed it the most.
“Our son was given just weeks to live. After a few exhausting weeks between various hospitals, we were referred to the hospice. The word hospice felt scary to us. But, as soon as we walked in through their doors, we felt a huge relief.
Roman got the vital lifeline of emergency care that he needed from the incredible nurses and doctors of Helen & Douglas House. And, as a family, we could start to recover and spend time with his healthy twin, Harley. Later we learnt how to care for Roman in his delicate condition until we were able to all go home together.”
Roman’s mum, Ellie