An Independently Connected Network of Businesses in Mid Devon

Childrens Hospice South West

 

Services: Charity
Contact: Laura Robertson
Phone: 01271 325270
Email: Laura.robertson@chsw.org.uk
Website: www.chsw.org.uk
Twitter: @www.twitter.com/CHSW
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CHSW1991
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/children's-hospice-south-west/

Laura RobertsonLaura Robertson
Area Fundraiser (East Devon and West Somerset)

Manages all community and business relationships across the area, helping to raise vital funds to continue the charities important work, caring for local children and families.

Children’s Hospice South West

Social isolation is not new to families caring for children with life-limiting conditions. Many are used to long hospital stays far from home, long periods of illness preventing normal daily activities, being unable to attend school due to health needs, and sacrificing social interactions due to care needs.

But the Covid lockdown has brought many new and often terrifying challenges to these families, many of whom have seen care packages fall away and their wider support networks disappear in the wake of the global pandemic.

Little Bridge HouseChildren’s Hospice South West (CHSW), which looks after 500 families around the South West, has had to adapt its care model to continue providing the lifeline support the charity has offered since 1995.

Because of the significant risks and the vulnerability of children, routine respite stays at the three hospices – Charlton Farm in North Somerset, Little Bridge House in Devon, and Little Harbour in Cornwall – have been cancelled. But the hospices remain open for emergency and end-of-life care and the charity has developed a ‘hospice, home and virtual’ model to be able to continue caring for families wherever they are and whenever they need it most.

We have supported children in their homes providing night shifts when care packages in the community have fallen apart, enabling families to step in and care for their children in the morning. We have also been providing care for community children’s nurses, cover over weekends and evenings. Our care teams have been visiting families on doorsteps giving food parcels and lots of virtual support, including a virtual sibling and bereavement groups.

CHSW needs around £11m a year to run its three children’s hospices and around 85 per cent is raised through voluntary donations.

<< Back