The number of dying children needing the support of a hospice has risen so dramatically in our area that Claire House says it risks having to turn families away. To meet the demand, Claire House is launching an urgent appeal.
“The number of children coming to Claire House has risen 84% in the last six years. We are getting to the point where we might have to turn families away. To stop this from happening we are asking the people of Merseyside to help us reach every dying child,” says David Pastor, Chief Executive of Claire House.
One of the main reasons for the increase in demand is that advances in medicine mean that babies and young children, who are born with – or develop – serious illnesses, are living longer with ever more complex conditions. “Our job is to help families spend precious time together making memories that will last a lifetime,” says Lesley Fellows, Nurse Consultant at Claire House.
You can help reach every dying child – find out more at ClaireHouse.org.uk or text EVERY CHILD to 70500 to donate £5.
Money raised by the appeal will be spent on increasing the care the charity offers families in their homes, helping more children at the hospice on the Wirral and building a new children’s hospice in Liverpool.
Claire House already has a site in West Derby, Liverpool, from which it offers limited day-care. In order to deliver the complex medical care the children referred to the hospice need on a 24 hour basis, the charity will need to extensively renovate some areas of the old site and build others.
It will cost £14 million to build a state-of-the-art hospice on the charity’s site in West Derby. To find out more about how to get involved with the appeal visit Clairehouse.org.uk