Hollie and sister

Families we support

After having two healthy children, Caroline and David were thrilled to welcome a new addition to their family. But straight away Caroline knew there was something wrong with her new son, Charlie.

Michael first met Christopher when he was six weeks old. He and his wife Lillian already had three young daughters and had been foster parents for six years when a social worker contacted them about a young baby that needed to be fostered for some time.

Every new parent struggles finding time for themselves and each other. Imagine how much that is magnified for a couple looking after a very sick child. Evelyne explains how Hospice at Home and respite stays make her and Thomas even better parents.

James’ life has been a traumatic one. He was born a perfectly healthy boy – cute, cuddly and with everything developing as it should. When he was eight months old, James took a nasty tumble at his private nursery and banged his head.

The Barker family were referred to Shooting Star Chase in October 2011. Their eldest son Matthias, ten, had been receiving treatment for a tumour in his pelvis, but they had now reached the stage where there was no further curative treatment options.