The death of a child is every parent’s worst nightmare
You don’t think it could ever happen to you. You couldn’t imagine how you’d cope if it did. Because how could anybody ever be prepared for the devastating news that their child will die?
For the families we care for, the loss of a child isn’t just a nightmare – it’s a reality. When their world is falling apart, we’re here to support them through this heartbreaking time. We help terminally ill babies and children to live their short lives to the full, creating happy memories in their final days, weeks, months or years with their families.
Your donation will help a local family facing the toughest situation imaginable
As a charity, we need to find £3 million each year to keep our hospice open. Almost all of this comes from people like you, and every donation makes a huge difference to the help we can offer to terminally ill children and their families*.
Your support means the world to us.
The cost of running Helen House is £3m a year and we need your help now more than ever. Helen House continues to care for terminally ill babies, children and young people aged 0-18 and we need public support to fund this vital care.
Following our announcement in January, the young adult service at Douglas House closed on Thursday 21st June 2018. This decision was necessary due to a shortfall in funding because we are a charity and rely almost entirely on public support to fund the care we provide.
Many families like Toby’s will be staying with us over the coming year. With your help, we want to make it a special time for everyone who receives our care, now and in the years to come.
“When we were referred Toby was probably 9 months old. We didn’t understand what benefit we’d get. You think of end-of-life care and actually that is not at all the benefit we get from being here. It’s become an absolutely essential part of us coping.” – Kim, Toby’s Mum
We can’t do this without your help
At Helen & Douglas House, we help terminally ill babies and children to live their short lives to the full. Our peaceful hospice feels like home, a comforting place where families can create happy memories together at this unimaginably difficult time. Patients have 24/7 access to nursing and medical care for their often very rare conditions, while mums, dads, brothers, sisters and grandparents all receive practical and emotional support.
We work hard to raise the money we need through our shops, events, lottery funding and applying for grants. But that can only raise so much, and since we receive very limited NHS funding, 85% of the money we need comes from kind donations from people like you.
There are lots of ways for you to support us
No matter how much you’re able to give, you can be sure you’ll be making a big difference to the families we support.
Bank Transfer (BACS)
You can transfer your donation directly into our bank account. Please make sure you put a reference to how the money was raised so we can thank you appropriately.
Our bank details are:
Name: Helen & Douglas House
Address: 121 High Street
Account No: 84326735
Sort Code: 60-70-03
For every £1 we received of statutory money, the charity itself generates a further £6 of income from voluntary donations, representing significant return on investment for the state.
Thank you — you really make a difference!
Thank you for making a donation to Helen & Douglas House. Your support really does mean a great deal to our patients and their families.
See how your gift donation can make a BIG impact over the course of a year…