Helen & Douglas House

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Helen & Douglas House
Thai Corner - geograph.org.uk - 1434863.jpg
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.
Location Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Care system Charity
Funding Non-profit hospital
Hospital type Specialist
Patron Duchess of Cornwall
Emergency department No Accident & Emergency
Helipad No
Speciality Palliative, respite, end-of-life and bereavement care to children
Founded 1982
Lists Hospitals in England

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.


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]


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]


  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. 
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  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