Children's Hospice South West

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Children's Hospice South West
Formation1991 (1991)
FounderJill and Eddie Farwell
PurposeProvides palliative, respite, end-of-life and bereavement care for life limited children and their families from South West England
South West England
Budget (2020)
£9.3 million[1]
Revenue (2020)
£15.8 million[1]
Staff (2020)
Volunteers (2020)
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Children's Hospice South West (CHSW) is a registered charity that provides palliative, respite, end of life and bereavement care for life-limited and terminally ill children and their families from the South West England region. It oversees three of the 41 children's hospices in the United Kingdom.


CHSW was founded by Jill and Eddie Farwell in 1991, after spending many years travelling to Helen & Douglas House in Oxford with their own two life-limited children. Following a feasibility study, they raised funds and Little Bridge House at Fremington near Barnstaple in North Devon opened in 1995,[2] and instantly provided support for up to 200 families in the South West with life limited children.

The second hospice, Charlton Farm at Wraxall, North Somerset near Bristol, opened its doors to the first families in April 2007.[3]

The third hospice, Little Harbour, opened at Porthpean, St Austell, Cornwall in 2011. It offers a more local service to families from Cornwall and Plymouth. Children's Hospice South West's £5 million Precious Lives Appeal was set up to fund the building of this third hospice.[4][5][6]


In the year ending March 2020, CHSW's income was £15.8 million, which included £2.6M of government contracts and grants.[1] It spent £5.8M on raising funds and £9.3M on running the hospices.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Charity Overview Children's Hospice South West". Charity Commission for England and Wales. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Children's Hospice South West". Do it for charity. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Our hospices". Children's Hospice South West. Archived from the original on 16 September 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Hospice will be a Little Harbour". BBC. 26 November 2008. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
  5. ^ Goodfellow, Emma (14 May 2011). "Last slate laid at Children's Hospice South West's Little Harbour". Truro Packet. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Three day ride raises £80,000 for charity". The Bristol Post. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013.[permanent dead link]

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