As you may know, Helen & Douglas House cares for local terminally ill children, young adults and their families at some of the most difficult times of their lives. We provide medical, emotional and practical support, helping families deal with the implications of living with a child who will die prematurely, so they can make the most of their time together.
Jessica now age 3, was born with a severe neurological condition called Leigh’s Disease and has been coming to Helen House for respite stays with her parents since September 2014.
“Knowing that we have the support of Helen & Douglas House takes some of the fear out of our situation, knowing there are people to talk to and to help us if the worst happens. Helen House is a real home-from-home.” Victoria, Jessica’s Mummy
Christmas is a very special time at Helen & Douglas House. In the weeks running up to Christmas Helen & Douglas House is full of cheer with pantomimes, reindeer and Santa’s grotto. Sadly, it is also a time of year when our patients are vulnerable to getting infections which can lead to them dying. Losing a child any time of year is difficult, but at Christmas it can be even harder to bear.
Taking part in Santa’s on the Run on Sunday 10 December will ensure we can be there to share the joy of Christmas and also help some families through the pain of losing their child. The fantastic course through the Oxford Spires is buggy and wheelchair friendly. Please click here to find out more. When you register online you can choose to join a team. Type 'Wood Green' into the team name search to join us.
The following cost examples demonstrate how important your support is to our families:
£13 could pay for a Christmas meal at the hospice for a whole family
£35 could pay for an outreach nurse to visit a child at home over Christmas
£55 could pay for a bereavement counselling session over the Christmas period
£300 could pay for nurse for 12 hours on Christmas Day
Please click here for the Helen and Douglas House Santa Festive Fundraising pack 2017.