Helen & Douglas House

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The shop on the left is a charity shop of Helen and Douglas House, next to the Thai Corner restaurant on the corner of West Street and Friar Street in Reading.

Helen & Douglas House Hospice for Children and Young Adults is a registered hospice charity (no. 1085951)[1] based in Oxford, England, providing palliative, respite, end-of-life and bereavement care to life-limited children and young adults, and their families.

History[edit]

Helen House was the world’s first children’s hospice, set up in 1982 by Sister Frances Dominica to provide respite care to families with children suffering from life-limiting conditions.[2] Douglas House was set up in 2004[3] and was the world’s first hospice built specifically for young adults. The Duchess of Cornwall is the charity's patron.[4] The charity has also featured in two BBC documentary series in 2007 and 2009.[5]

Services[edit]

The hospice provides specialist palliative and respite care for children and young adults, as well as end of life and bereavement care. The care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, carers and therapists, and is supported in the main by donations from the public – less than 20% of the £4.5 million it costs to run the hospice houses comes from the public sector.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1085951 — Helen & Douglas House". UK: Charity Commission. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Midgley, Emma (9 September 2009). "The story of Helen House". BBC Berkshire. UK: BBC. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Bardsley, Fran (10 June 2009). "Royal Visit: Camilla calls in on Oxford's Helen & Douglas House Hospice". Oxford Mail (UK). Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Children of Helen House". BBC Two. UK: BBC. 2 April 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 

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Coordinates: 51°44′38″N 1°13′56″W / 51.7439°N 1.2323°W / 51.7439; -1.2323