Martin House Hospice
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|Type||UK Charity (no. 517919)|
|Focus||Hospice for children and young people|
The Duchess of Kent opened Martin House in 1987. Donations to the hospice provide family-led day-today care for children with life-limiting conditions. Care, such as symptom control, emergency care, respite care and terminal care, is provided at the hospice or the family home. Conditions treated include long term progressive disorders such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Batten's Disease and Cystic Fibrosis, and sometimes cancer.
Martin House's facilities include nine specialist children's bedrooms, eight family rooms for parents and siblings, six bedrooms in an adjoining unit for teenagers and young adults, sitting rooms, playrooms, multi-sensory room, Jacuzzi, library and a music room.
The hospice's 6-acre (24,000 m2) landscaped gardens incorporate wheelchair swings, a roundabout and an adventure trail.
Martin House has little access to public funds and relies almost entirely on charitable donations from individuals, charities, trusts, companies, and organisations.