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Regular Giving

Thanks to our regular givers we are able to provide our valuable service to so many local families

Regular Giving

Thanks to our regular givers we are able to provide our valuable service to so many local families

When a family receives the devastating news that their child will die, it can feel as though their whole world is falling apart. As if dealing with this overwhelming grief wasn’t difficult enough, they must somehow also cope with the practical challenges that come with caring for a terminally ill child. At Helen & Douglas House, we’re here to help make life a little more bearable for families at this incredibly difficult time.

As a charity, we rely on the generosity of people like you to keep our doors open to terminally ill children and their families. We need to find over £5 million a year to fund the care our families depend on, and every donation makes a huge difference to each and every family going through the toughest times imaginable.

Your regular donation helps families face their worst nightmare

Your support means the world to the local families who come to stay with us each week. With your help, we want to make it a special time for everyone who receives our care, now and in the years to come*.

By giving us a regular gift, you’re doing something amazing to help families going through the unthinkable. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.

*Between now and August 2018 your donation will go to support the care for patients aged 0-35 and after August your donation will be used to care for patients 0-18.  From 1st August 2018 we will no longer be providing care for young adult patients aged 18-35 in Douglas House.  This is because we do not receive enough statutory funding and donations to cover the costs of caring for such a large age group.  We  will continue to care for terminally ill babies, children, young people and their families to the age of 18 in Helen House and from August 2018 we may utilise the facilities available in Douglas House to help care for them.  The name of the charity remains as Helen & Douglas House.  We will continue to support young adults 18-35 access age appropriate care in their local community for as long as we can.  We really need your support now more than ever and wish to thank you very much for your generous donation.

See what a difference your gift could make

Your donation will go directly to supporting local families helped by Helen & Douglas House. Here’s how:

Carers: Give £10 a month for a year and could pay for a carer for one day. This means our young people can enjoy activities that they wouldn’t normally be able to.

Play therapy: Give £12 a month over one year and you could provide four sessions with a Play Therapist, helping our young people to relax, socialise and enjoy their time staying with us.

Doctors’ care: Give £15 a month over one year and you could pay for a doctor for four hours, helping our young people be as well as they can while staying at the hospice.

Bereavement counselling: Give £20 a month for a year and you could pay for five bereavement counselling sessions for parents who’ve just suffered the heartbreak of losing a child.

Why are regular gifts better rather than one-off donations?

We rely on the kind support of our regular donors to keep our doors open to local families and their terminally ill babies, children and young adults. Giving a small amount on an ongoing basis allows us to plan ahead so that we can give our families the long-term care they need. It also means we can be confident that we’ll be able to continue this important work for years to come.

“You have to make the most of a short life and this is a place where it can happen.” Helen & Douglas House parent

Thank you for making a regular donation to Helen & Douglas House.
Your support really does mean a lot to our patients and their families.

If you’d like to visit and see how your support is making a difference, please get in touch. We’d love to show you around on one of our regular supporter tours.

Where your money goes


For every £1 received of statutory money, the charity itself generates a further £6 of income from voluntary donations, representing significant return on investment for the state.

It’s easy to set up a regular gift today

Click here to set up a regular gift and start making a big difference to local terminally ill children and their families. You can also email fundraising@helenanddouglas.org.uk, call the fundraising team on 01865 799150, or download our regular giving form.

See for yourself how your regular gift can make a BIG impact over the course of a year…

“Knowing that we have the support of Helen & Douglas House takes some of the fear out of our situation, knowing there will be people to talk to and to help us if the worst happens.” – Vicky, Jessica’s mum

“When you get there, you are kind of cocooned in a place where everything is OK. For Jack it is somewhere he can go and do something a bit different.” – Jane, Jack’s mum

“I’m not worried about having a seizure at Douglas House as there is always someone close by and they have a listening system in the rooms.” – Elysia, Douglas House patient