Helen & Douglas House
Charity registration no. 1085951
All profits are donated to hospice care and after marketing costs Local Hospice Lottery will give between 52% and 80% of income from individuals playing to support Helen & Douglas House to Helen & Douglas House. This is expected to be at least £500,000 over four years.
About Helen & Douglas House
Who we are
Helen House was the world’s first children’s hospice, opening in 1982. Douglas House opened in 2004 specifically for young adults aged 16 to 35. Together, 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 look after families from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Northants, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and parts of London.
What we do
We can help young people live life to the full, even when that life is short.
Many of the young people who visit us can be isolated and unable to lead independent lives. They rely on their main carer for everything. The hospice houses give them the chance to make choices for themselves and experience things they wouldn’t normally easily access – such as trips out and being with people their own age – but still have the support and specialist care they need.
We provide medically supported short breaks, as well as nursing and end-of-life care.
Doctors specialising in palliative care (where you cannot cure a life-shortening condition but can manage painful and distressing symptoms) are on duty every day at the hospice houses. There are also Nursing Teams and Care Teams offering 24-hour, one-to-one care and support. The teams are experienced in end-of-life care and manage this with as much dignity, sensitivity, and comfort as possible.
Help is offered to the whole family, through counselling and practical support – for as long as it is needed.
The Family Support and Bereavement Team work in conjunction with the Care Teams, to support the patients and families at every stage. The team is made up of counsellors, a social worker, and a chaplain. Siblings can attend The Elephant Club, where they can have fun and share their experience with others who have a brother or sister who is very ill, or has died.
Did you know?
It costs over £4.5 million a year to run the two hospice houses and we are dependent on voluntary contributions for over 80% of this.
This means we rely almost entirely on the generosity of people in the local community to be able to provide sustainable, specialist care for the young people who visit us and support for their families.
If you would like to find out more about Helen & Douglas House and the other ways in which you can help please visit www.helenanddouglas.org.uk.