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.
We care for children, young adults and their families, mainly but not exclusively from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and parts of London.
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 we need your support
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.
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 family's journey.
How much do we need? More than 85% of the money we need comes from voluntary donations. It costs £5 million a 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.