Buy a precious moment

When you have a child with a life-limiting condition, every moment counts. This Christmas, please help us to make them precious and unforgettable. These are just some of the special moments you can buy to provide invaluable support to the families we care for.

 

Our sensory rooms help children experience the world around them. Each is equipped with a range of specialist facilities including musical floors, fibre optics, mirrors, lights, bubble tubes and water beds. These unique rooms are incredibly popular and adaptable to a range of conditions. They can help relax and sooth and they provide a stimulating environment supporting non-verbal communication.

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Memory boxes play a vital role in our care service. They give families a chance to take part in precious activities together such as making hand casts, and collect treasured items in one place. Our qualified care team can use the memory boxes in a number of ways including working with siblings to help them capture their favourite memories of their brother or sister. These boxes can then become a focal point of therapy sessions in the future.

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Some families are told it’s not safe to take their child swimming, while others find public pools a difficult environment. Our hydrotherapy pools are a safe space for families to create special memories. For some it’s the first time they’ve been able to take their child swimming. Hydrotherapy also provides physical benefits such as helping muscle tone and strength, and enabling mobility not possible out of water.

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Music therapy gives children an opportunity to communicate in new and profound ways. Many of those we care for are unable to speak and otherwise struggle to express themselves and their feelings in a safe environment. Sessions are regularly recorded to give families precious keepsakes.

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Parents we support tell us they rarely get the chance to do everyday things. 97% say their child’s condition impacts on day-to-day activities. On a Hospice at Home visit, our fully qualified nurses and carers give parents the gift of a few crucial hours. Parent can spend time with their other children to create special memories, take a rare trip out, or simply catch up on sleep.

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A short break at one of our hospices allows families time together, away from being carers, to enjoy being a family. They have access to the full range of facilities, including sensory room, soft play, hydrotherapy, arts and crafts and various therapeutic activities. It’s also an opportunity for parents to get some much needed rest and have meals cooked for them, while fully-qualified nurses look after their child’s medical needs.

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