St Oswald's Hospice

Care & Support at St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice

We provide short breaks for children with progressive, life-shortening conditions, focusing on quality of life and supporting their whole family. Donations will fund a Care Support Worker: an essential part of the service working with children to enhance their physical and emotional wellbeing.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

Registered Charity in England and Wales (503386)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£15,500

Donations

0

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    Helping

Location

  • My son has very complex health needs & disabilities. At St Oswald’s he is in one of the few places in his life where he can be himself. Not only do St Oswald’s meet my son’s needs but they provide me with the support I need to continue caring for him. This service is invaluable to us as a family.

    — Quote from a parent.

  • When I’m at St Oswald’s I get to have loads of fun, we do ‘normal stuff’ that other teenagers take for granted. I feel much more independent, I don’t have to rely on my parents to do things for me. The staff are always on hand to help out. It’s also great to have a break from my Mum and Dad!

    — Quote from a young person using the service at St Oswald's.

  • My daughter and I were struggling. Born a healthy, happy little girl, our lives changed forever when she suffered a bleed on the brain. She now needs round the clock care. I felt like no one really understood our situation, that we were totally alone. Then we were told about St Oswald’s Hospice.

    — Quote from a father whose daughter, aged 13, stays at St Oswald’s for regular short breaks

  • My son has very complex health needs & disabilities. At St Oswald’s he is in one of the few places in his life where he can be himself. Not only do St Oswald’s meet my son’s needs but they provide me with the support I need to continue caring for him. This service is invaluable to us as a family.

    — Quote from a parent.

  • When I’m at St Oswald’s I get to have loads of fun, we do ‘normal stuff’ that other teenagers take for granted. I feel much more independent, I don’t have to rely on my parents to do things for me. The staff are always on hand to help out. It’s also great to have a break from my Mum and Dad!

    — Quote from a young person using the service at St Oswald's.

  • My daughter and I were struggling. Born a healthy, happy little girl, our lives changed forever when she suffered a bleed on the brain. She now needs round the clock care. I felt like no one really understood our situation, that we were totally alone. Then we were told about St Oswald’s Hospice.

    — Quote from a father whose daughter, aged 13, stays at St Oswald’s for regular short breaks

Situation

Hearing the news your child has a life limiting illness changes your life forever & opens up an uncertain future. Before our Children’s Service opened in 2003 there was little support available for families in this situation to help them to cope with the difficulties of caring for a child with multiple, complex needs. Life for these children could be extremely isolated & restricted, offering little opportunity for social interaction & the chance to take part in activities we take for granted.

Solution

Care Support Workers ensure our breaks are about having fun, discovering new experiences & enjoying time in a happy, caring, stimulating environment. They make St Oswald’s a special place to be. They offer companionship & conversation. They facilitate the fun element of our short breaks running activities & social groups. They help children to fulfil wishes & aspirations & create precious memories. They also help to ensure families receive the practical & emotional support they need.