Who are Helen and Douglas House?
Helen & Douglas House has the time and expertise to care for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions and support their families. The two hospice houses offer specialist symptom and pain management, medically-supported short breaks and end-of-life care, as well as counselling and practical support for the whole family.
Helen House opened in 1982 as the world's first children's hospice. Douglas House opened in 2004 specifically for young adults aged 16-35.
Why do we need your support? Because we wouldn't be here without you.
Young people with life-shortening conditions often need care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, over many years. It is usually their families they rely on for it. While families willingly invest love and energy, life is often a relentless timetable of nursing and medical needs. Relationships can suffer, careers may have to be abandoned, healthy brothers and sisters can feel left out and regular family activities and holidays are rare. Families often feel alone and afraid in their grief.
Helen & Douglas House offers medically supported short breaks, specialist pain and symptom management and end-of-life care, as well as counselling and practical support for the whole family. Children can stay at Helen House Hospice and young adults can stay at Douglas House Hospice, along with their families if they choose. They can also take part in activities and experience our range of holistic therapies, while their familes relax and rediscover time for themselves. The Helen & Douglas House team offers professional support at every stage of a families journey.
How much do we need? Over 85% of the money we need comes from voluntary donations.
It costs £5 million per year to run both hospice houses. We receive less than 15% of this from sources other than voluntary donations.
That means we are almost entirely dependent on people like you in the community; individuals, businesses, schools, colleges, groups, organisations, for us to be able to provide the support and medical care for young people with life shortening conditions and their families.
Without your help we simply wouldn’t exist.
We need your help, today so that we continue our work in the future.
There are lots of ways for you to help us, from signing up to a regular gift or leaving us a donation in your willto taking part in our events and challenges and supporting our shops. No matter how much you are able to give, you will be making a massive difference to those we support.