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We are delighted that the exceptional care we provide to local families has been recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the Charity Care Commission ( CQC), our regulator. This ‘outstanding’ rating recognises our approach of putting the families we care for at the heart of everything we do and our aim to be world-class.

The prizes

  • £2,000 is up for grabs every single week – along with 200 other cash prizes.
  • £25,000 rollover prize could be won.
  • £10,000 can be won as an additional top prize in the Super Draws which takes place every March, September and December. Every player is automatically entered into Super Draws.

And as well as having a great chance to win, you will of course also be helping to make a real difference to local families in need of our help, as the Lottery provides regular income we can rely on. So it really is win-win! To join the Local Hospice Lottery right now, simply click here, or call Freephone 0800 316 0645.

Prizes are issued automatically each week, so you don’t even need to worry about remembering to check your number(s) or claim any prizes. However, the weekly winning numbers are always available on the Local Hospice Lottery website,  or via Facebook and Twitter .

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We have recently changed the way we are registered with the Care Quality Commission – you can view our old profiles and reports for Helen House, and for Douglas House. The most recent CQC report was published on 26th July 2017 and can be read here.

The prizes

  • £2,000 is up for grabs every single week – along with 200 other cash prizes.
  • £25,000 rollover prize could be won.
  • £10,000 can be won as an additional top prize in the Super Draws which takes place every March, September and December. Every player is automatically entered into Super Draws.

And as well as having a great chance to win, you will of course also be helping to make a real difference to local families in need of our help, as the Lottery provides regular income we can rely on. So it really is win-win! To join the Local Hospice Lottery right now, simply click here, or call Freephone 0800 316 0645.

Prizes are issued automatically each week, so you don’t even need to worry about remembering to check your number(s) or claim any prizes. However, the weekly winning numbers are always available on the Local Hospice Lottery website,  or via Facebook and Twitter .

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We have recently changed the way we are registered with the Care Quality Commission – you can view our old profiles and reports for Helen House, and for Douglas House. The most recent CQC report was published on 26th July 2017 and can be read here.

Celebrate the
life of your loved

Our beautiful, handcrafted butterflies are the perfect way to remember and celebrate the life of a loved one. It will be a keepsake you treasure forever.

Garden of Memories

Our beautiful, handcrafted butterflies are the perfect way to remember and celebrate the life of a loved one. Dedicate a butterfly to someone you love in our Garden of Memories.

Step into the stunning candlelit setting of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford on Monday 27th November for a special evening of readings and music.

From 7.45 until c.9.00pm (doors open at 7pm). You will be treated to festive performances from professional choir Frideswide Voices and local Oxford University and Oxford Brookes a cappella group, Out of the Blue as well as a joyful performance from our Helen & Douglas House Singers.

We hope you can join us to celebrate this special occasion.

Refreshments will be served from 7pm until five minutes before the performance is due to begin.

 

Meet our special guests:

Seating Plan
Christ Church Seating Plan

Christ Church Seating Plan

A downloadable version of the seating plan is available here .

The seating plan illustrates where the 3 ticket types are situated in the Cathedral.

Gold and Silver Ticketing

Gold and Silver Tickets are the prime areas marked in Gold and Silver, where seats will be reserved for you in advance. These are mainly in the Nave, North Crossing and front of the North and South Transept areas. On arrival, please give your name and our marshals will be happy to show you to your seats.

Standard Tickets

The areas marked in red are the Standard seating areas. These are unreserved so on arrival in the cathedral, please find a seat. If you are arriving in a large group, please make sure you arrive when the doors open at 7pm to ensure you can find seats together.

If you require wheelchair access, please ensure you let us know in advance on your booking.

Please note that due to the architecture of this beautiful Cathedral, you may not have a direct view of performers from your seat, but screens are placed around the Cathedral to allow you to see what’s happening.

Travel to Christ Church

Christ Church is located on St Aldates, an easy walk of no more than a few minutes from Oxford city centre. The nearest car park is the Westgate Shopping Centre carpark.

Entrance to the concert is via Tom Gate.
For further information on travel options please visit this page.

Accessibility

We welcome advance notice of the special requirements of visitors with disabilities.

Level access for visitors is through Tom Gate. There is a ramp leading to the level paved paths around Tom Quad. It is also adjacent to the Blue Badge parking spaces on St Aldates.

Blue badge holder designated parking is available outside Christ Church. On St Aldate’s there are three spaces, (30 metres level going to Tom Gate – cobbles directly outside the gate).

There are two designated spaces in Pembroke Square (20 metres across St Aldates from Tom Tower).

There are four designated spaces in Oriel Square.

There is one wheelchair accessible toilet on site.

 

Refreshments

You will be able to pre-order drinks at time of booking and these can be collected on entry under your name. A limited selection of drinks will also be available to buy between 7pm and 7.40pm which you can carry to your seats. Please note that we are unable to sell red-coloured drinks such as mulled wine or red wine in case they should spill and stain the Cathedral tiles.

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Shop with us

Come and browse one of our shops in your local area or go online and bag a bargain to help local children and families in need.

Set up a regular donation

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.

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Donate now

We need to raise over £3 million each year to care for local children with terminal and life-limiting conditions, at our hospice in Oxford, in the family home and in hospital.

Leave a gift in your Will

1 in 3 of the children we care for are funded by gifts in Wills from supporters like you. Write your Will for free today.

Meet some of our volunteers

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Tanya joined Helen & Douglas House as a volunteer in 2014 as a Shiatsu therapist for parents or grandparents of local terminally ill children who are cared for by us.

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Hilary joined Helen & Douglas House as a home volunteer helping at the hospice and a family’s home in Oxford for eight years.

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How to refer families

Anyone including parents, family members and professionals can refer a child to our hospice.

Our 400+ volunteers gave thousands of hours of their time in 2021/22 and that equates to tens of thousands of pounds in value to the charity.

‘Being part of the Helen & Douglas House family has enriched me in ways I could not have imagined.’ said Helle, our arts and crafts volunteer

Meet some of our volunteers

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Helle capture special memories by producing wonderful quilts and wall hangings for the local families who receive care from Helen & Douglas House. 

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Kate has been volunteering for Helen & Douglas House for over 10 years, photographing families with terminally ill children.

Nursing roles

Are you looking for a flexible and rewarding nursing role? Join our incredible team at Helen & Douglas as a full or part-time Nurse.

About us

Helen & Douglas House has been caring for local terminally ill children and their families since 1982. We help children and their families at our hospice, at home and in hospital with respite stays, pain relief, symptom management, end-of-life care and bereavement support.

Working for us is not only a chance to do something great, it’s also an opportunity to feel valued and inspired by our cause.

Support the charity in your community

Whatever your skills and interests, there is a volunteering role waiting for you in our shops, at our events, at the hospice and in our families homes.

There are so many opportunities to make a positive impact and support local children & families. Volunteering with us is open to anyone, no matter what your ability or experience.

Gift Aid

Adding Gift Aid to your donations can boost their value by 25%!

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid is a government scheme that allows Helen & Douglas House to reclaim the tax that you have already paid on your donations through UK income tax or capital gains tax. All individual donations (excluding those made through the Charities Aid Foundation, which are already subject to tax relief) are eligible for the scheme – including regular gifts such as Standing Orders and Direct Debits. We can claim Gift Aid on donations made in the last four years and on future donations once we receive your declaration.

If you are currently fundraising for Helen & Douglas House, you can encourage those supporting you to tick the Gift Aid box on your sponsor form or gift aid form if they are eligible. This means Helen & Douglas House will receive an extra 25% on top of their donation.

Why do I need to make a declaration?

The declaration allows Helen & Douglas House to reclaim the tax from HMRC on your donations. By making the Gift Aid declaration, you are confirming that you are happy for us to do this.

How do I know if I am a UK taxpayer?

You are a UK tax payer if:

  • Tax is taken from your wages or pension before you receive them.
  • You have to fill in a self-assessment form.
  • You have any taxable savings (in a Building Society, for instance), or a pension plan, or investment income you have recently paid any capital gains tax, or expect to pay it in the near future. This could be on the sale of a property or some shares, for example.

What if I pay tax at the higher rate?

We can only claim back tax at the basic rate, but that is still worth 25% extra on your donations to us, so please provide us with a declaration anyway.

If you pay higher rate tax, you can claim the difference between the higher rate of tax and the basic rate of tax on the total (gross) value of your donation to Helen & Douglas House. You can make this claim on your Self Assessment tax return if you were sent one. We would suggest speaking to your accountant if you would like to do this.

Gift Aid and your donations to our shops

When you donate items to one of our shops, we can Gift Aid the proceeds from the sale of these items. In order to fulfil HMRC’s requirements, we must ask you to agree to an Agency Agreement as well as a Gift Aid Declaration. Details of what these are, and how this works, can be found here.

When Gift Aid cannot be claimed

  • Making a donation in return for tickets (raffles, events and auctions) or goods and services (including ‘experience’ days). This is because you are getting something in return for your donation.
  • Making a donation on behalf of someone else or a group of people. For example, if a friend gives you £10 which you donate to your Fundraising Page using your own card and details. Even if your friend is a UK taxpayer, the donation is not eligible because HMRC needs to know the details of the person actually contributing the funds.
  • Making a donation on behalf of a company. You can only make Gift Aid declarations on your own taxpayer status when spending your own money. However, a company can claim tax relief on the donation when donating directly to the charity.
  • Making a donation to a family member who’s taking part in an event and their charity is contributing to the cost. For example, if you’re donating to a close family member who is doing an overseas trek and the charity is paying for the cost of their trip.

Generous holiday allowance

Flexible working hours

Generous pensions

Sick pay entitlement

Enhanced maternity leave

Family friendly policies

Commitment to work/life balance

Access to professional counselling

We couldn’t do it without you.

Our 400+ volunteers gave thousands of hours of their time in 2021/22 and that equates to thousands of pounds in value to the charity.

Join us and make a difference to local families dealing with terminal illness.

Benefits of volunteering

Free lunch

Flexible volunteering hours

Friendly team

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Support an amazing cause

Do you enjoy making a real difference? Join a friendly team of people at the heart of your community and support a good cause at the same time. Whatever your role, you will be an important part of a team that makes a huge difference to the lives of others.

Helen & Douglas House has been caring for local terminally ill children and their families since 1982. Situated in beautiful wooded grounds, yet right in the heart of lively East Oxford, we support families from surrounding counties. We help children and their families at our hospice, at home and in hospital with respite stays, pain relief, symptom management, end-of-life care and bereavement support.

 

Gain transferable skills and work experience

Volunteering is a great way of learning new skills and gaining work experience to include on your CV. As well as showing potential employers that you’re proactive and civic-minded, volunteering helps cultivate skills such as communication and teamwork. If there’s anything in particular you’d like to learn, we can help you to achieve your goals.

Support and training

Whichever volunteer role you end up in at Helen & Douglas House, you can be sure that we’ll support you in every aspect of your work with us. You’ll work with an experienced staff member or volunteer, and you’ll receive all the training you need in order to feel confident with what you do for us.

You’ll have opportunities to learn from other volunteers in an informal environment, so that you can share your experiences of helping our patients and families. You’ll be invited to our annual volunteer events, where you can meet other volunteers and keep up with what’s going on at Helen & Douglas House. You’ll also receive our Volunteer Newsletter.

We need to raise £3 million each year to care for local terminally ill children at the hospice and at home.

It cost £3.4m to fund care at Helen & Douglas House.

As a charity, 83% of our funding comes from people like you.

Around 1 in 3 recived care funded by gifts in Wills.

Join the Children’s Champions

Become a Children’s Champion by making an annual financial commitment of between £500 – £5,000. There is complete flexibility about how and when you want to donate. You may choose to donate in an annual sum, or by monthly instalments. The amount you give and the timing is up to you. 

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.

Becoming a member and making an annual commitment to Helen & Douglas House means that we can plan our services with more confidence; knowing that we have your regular support enables us to better predict income coming into the charity, and therefore allows us to accurately plan delivery and expansion of services. Together we can help to improve the lives of terminally ill children and their families.

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.”

To find out more please download the Children’s Champions brochure. To become a Children’s Champion please get in touch with Kathryn Worthington at
kworthington@helenanddouglas.org.uk
or call 07776 959 241.

About you

Recognising and rewarding our team matters to us as it’s you who makes the difference. That is why our benefits are designed with our employees and volunteers in mind. We offer a range of benefits to help you maintain a great work-life balance, take care of your health or plan for retirement.

Why we need your help
  • It costs £3.6 million a year to run our hospice
  • We provide 24 hour care, seven days a week
  • Almost all the money we need comes from voluntary donations
  • We care for local patients and their families

Write your Will for free today

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Give a little, win a lot – up to £25,000 up for grabs!

Helen & Douglas House is proud to be working with Local Hospice Lottery – a weekly lottery set up to provide financial support to adult and children’s hospices across Great Britain.

Playing the Local Hospice Lottery in support of Helen & Douglas House gives you a chance to win £2,000 every single week – along with 200 other cash prizes. PLUS…there’s a rollover that can reach as high as £25,000*! Players are also automatically entered into Super Draws, which take place every March, September and December, which have an additional guaranteed top prize of an incredible £10,000!

And as well as having a great chance to win, you will of course also be helping to make a real difference to local families in need of our help, as the Lottery provides regular income we can rely on. So it really is win-win! To join the Local Hospice Lottery right now, simply click here, or call Freephone 0800 316 0645.

Prizes are issued automatically each week, so you don’t even need to worry about remembering to check your number(s) or claim any prizes. However, the weekly winning numbers are always available on the Local Hospice Lottery website,  or via Facebook and Twitter .

The more people that join – the more we receive!

Digital will guide

Download our free gift in Wills digital guide or order the printed version which is the perfect starting point for writing your Will. They include tips and information on:

  • How to write or amend your Will
  • Our free Will service
  • What gifts in Wills are funding
  • The different types of gifts you can leave
  • Frequently asked questions (Read our online FAQ).

Join the Children’s Champions

Become a Children’s Champion by making an annual financial commitment of between £500 – £5,000.

There is complete flexibility about how and when you want to donate. You may choose to donate in an annual sum, or by monthly instalments. The amount you give and the timing is up to you. 

Join the Children’s Champions

To find out more please download the Children’s Champions brochure. To become a Children’s Champion please get in touch with Kathryn Worthington at
kworthington@helenanddouglas.org.uk
or call 07776 959 241.

Become a Children’s Champion by making an annual financial commitment of between £500 – £5,000. There is complete flexibility about how and when you want to donate. You may choose to donate in an annual sum, or by monthly instalments. The amount you give and the timing is up to you. 

To find out more please download the Children’s Champions brochure. To become a Children’s Champion please get in touch with Kathryn Worthington at
kworthington@helenanddouglas.org.uk
or call 07776 959 241.

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.

Becoming a member and making an annual commitment to Helen & Douglas House means that we can plan our services with more confidence; knowing that we have your regular support enables us to better predict income coming into the charity, and therefore allows us to accurately plan delivery and expansion of services. Together we can help to improve the lives of terminally ill children and their families.

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.”

Leave a lasting legacy

By leaving a gift in your Will, to Helen & Douglas House children’s hospice, you’ll be helping to make a difficult time just a little bit easier for our children and their families.

When a child is diagnosed with a life-limiting or terminal condition, it can be a very challenging time, both emotionally and physically. Your generosity means we are there, whenever and wherever we are needed.

As a charity, we rely almost entirely on donations. A gift in your Will will help to make a huge difference to the support we can give our families. In a comforting cocoon of care, we provide 24-hour medical, emotional and practical support and help our families create happy memories in the last years, weeks, or days they have left together.

Are Wills expensive?

The cost varies depending on the way you create your Will, but thanks to arrangements we have made with local solicitors and online Will writers Guardian Angel, you can create or amend a Will completely free of charge.

If my circumstances change, can I change my Will in the future?

A relatively simple change to your Will can be done through something called a Codicil. This is an official and legally binding appendix which is ‘read’ alongside your Will.

How long does it take to write a Will?

It’s often much quicker than you’d think. First, you need to gather information about your finances and decide who you want to leave things to. After that, it can be a very quick process, taking literally minutes or an hour or so to complete your Will.

How can I write my Will?

You can contact a solicitor, or Will advisor, and write your Will together in person or over the phone. Or you can create it using an online service like Guardian Angel, who we have partnered with.

What type of gift should I consider?

There are two main types of gift you can leave:

  • a fixed amount – which can be any sum of money depending on your circumstances.
  • a percentage of your estate – which remains after other amounts of money or property are given to others. Formally called a residuary gift, it can be from 1% to 100% of your estate – whatever feels appropriate for you.

You’re amazing

Because of your time, your passion and your downright brilliance, you can help us be there for local terminally ill children and their families.

Every penny you raise will help us provide exceptional one-to-one respite and end-of-life care for children in Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties.

Download your fundraising pack

Helen & Douglas House is the world’s first children’s hospice. As a charity, we relied on amazing people like you when we were established in 1982 and we still do today.

That’s why we’ve created this pack full of fab fundraising ideas and tips just for you. You’ll find ideas for virtual and face-to-face fundraising activities, more information about how the money your raise will make a difference to give to your supporters as well as important information on raffles and collections.

So once you have downloaded your fundraising pack and our guides, all you need to do is pick the perfect timing for you, set your target and have some fun. 

Useful guides & resources

How to pay in your money

Whether you ran a marathon or had tea with friends, if you organised your own or participated in a fundraising activity, then a great big thank you! Returning or paying in money is easy… there are 5 ways to pay your money in:

Pay by phone

To pay your fundraising over the phone please call our team on 01865 799150 and they’ll be happy to help.

By post

If you’d like to send your money in by post, please send your cheque to Fundraising, Helen & Douglas House, 14a Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RW. Please include a note in the envelope to tell us who you are so we can thank you properly.

Remember to include any sponsorship forms you’ve used because every pound you raise could be worth an extra 25p to care for local families if your sponsors have ticked the gift aid box. You can find more information on gift aid on our Guide to Gift Aid.

Online

You can make a one-off donation, pay by credit card, set up a regular donation by Direct Debit or pay in your fundraising money using our online form.

Online Giving Pages

Why not pay it into your bank account and add this to your fundraising page?

If you have raised your money via an online fundraising website like JustGiving or another website this will come directly to the charity.

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
Bank: NatWest
Address: 121 High Street
Oxford
OX1 4DD
Account No: 84326735
Sort Code: 60-70-03

Overseas payments

IBAN: GB60NWBK60700384326735
Swift: NWBKGB21

If you are a UK taxpayer, you can almost certainly Gift Aid your donation to Helen & Douglas House. By adding Gift Aid, we can make 25p for every £1 given.

This means even more money goes towards helping terminally ill children, young adults and families facing the unimaginable. If you are paying in by post, don’t forget to send in your sponsorship forms so we can claim Gift Aid.

Give in Celebration

Did you know that you can celebrate your special occasion whether it be your wedding, birthday or anniversary by setting up special fundraising page to help local terminally ill children? Once it is set up, you can just circulate the link to friends for them to donate in lieu of gifts. It’s as easy as that.

Weddings

Create even more special moments at your wedding or civil partnership by raising money on your special day to help local terminally ill children.

Birthdays

Mark your birthday this year by asking your friends and family to donate money to ensure no family is alone when losing a child.

Other celebrations

Whatever your celebration, your wedding anniversary, a christening or some other occasion, you can celebrate in style by raising money to help local families.

We’re here to help If you have any questions about giving in celebration. Please email community@helenanddouglas.org.uk or ring us on 01865 799150.

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