Our care

Families and carers

We’re here to help you through all the ups and downs of caring for a child with a life-shortening condition.

Support we offer

We know that having a child with a life-shortening condition can affect the whole family, and our trained team is on hand to offer support for everyone.
For parents and carers:

  • Our therapy team can offer parents and carers space for discussion.
  • Caring for a sick child can be physically demanding so our volunteer complementary therapists visit Chestnut Tree House to offer massage therapy for parents.
  • Short term and overnight breaks offered for children to stay overnight and give families a short term break from caring for their child.

For siblings

We run activity days allowing siblings to meet other children or teenagers who also have a sick brother or sister. Our therapists can provide individual support for siblings who are coping with having a very sick brother or sister, or who have been bereaved. Siblings are welcome to stay overnight at the hospice accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Bereavement support

We provide grief support for families who have lost a child, or who are coming to terms with the possibility of losing a child.

Facing bereavement
Frequently asked questions

You, a family member, friend or a healthcare professional can refer your child to our services. Have a look on the How to access care page to download the referral form, and find out about our acceptance criteria for new referrals.

Yes. Short term and overnight care services are available if you or your child need a short break away. 

Each child in our care is allocated a number of nights (this is a different amount for each child as it’s based on their individual needs). 

You’ll need to book in advance if you’re looking for a short-term stay.

You can contact the bookings team on 01903 871800 (select option 4) to discuss booking a short break.

  • Winston’s Wish offer practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals.
  • Sullivan’s Heroes is a charity offering fundraising support and financial assistance for families raising essential funds towards vital home adaptations for a disabled child.
  • Cruse Bereavement Care offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies, and to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.
  • Together for Short Lives is the national charity for children with life-limiting conditions. They support families, professionals and services, including children’s hospices.

For any general enquiries about our care you can call us on: 01903 871800 

Or use the online form.