Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Thursday, 25th August - Helen House

As part of my ongoing declutter I got rid of a massive box of postcards that have been sent to me over the years, tearing the stamps off each one. Apparently charities can make use of them (still not sure how), so I took today's stamps to Helen House where the volunteer I gave them to was as baffled as I am about this...

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 80% of the money we need comes from voluntary donations.

It costs over £4.5 million per year to run both hospice houses. We receive only 15-18% 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.

We need your help, today so that we continue our work in the future.

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