‘Age­ing’ hospice in need of ren­o­va­tion

Teenagers’ par­ents lead push to raise £500k

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Mort Smith mort.smith@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A FAM­ILY who have been vis­it­ing a chil­dren’s hospice for seven years with their son, are calling for help in a fi­nal push to raise the £1.5mil­lion needed to give the place a makeover so that it is bet­ter equipped for mod­ern life.

He­len and Dou­glas House has re­ceived £436,000 from NHS Eng­land to do some of the work needed and has raised another £500,000 in do­na­tions since the ap­peal was launched at the end of 2013.

But the char­ity needs another £500,000 to com­plete this es­sen­tial work by the end of the summer.

Ben­jamin Hafeez, who has Duchenne Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy, is 18 years old and lives with his brother, Ross, 14, and par­ents, Danielle and Abbey Hafeez, in Ger­rards Cross.

He has been go­ing to He­len House since he was 11 and has just started at­tend­ing Dou­glas House Hospice, next door, which is specif­i­cally geared to look­ing af­ter young adults.

Mr and Mrs Hafeez said: “He­len House has meant ev­ery­thing to us. They have been like our fam­ily and have al­ways been there for us.

“We have known that we could ring them up at any time of day or night and there would al­ways be some­one on the end of the phone if there was a prob­lem.

“Thank you to every­one who has do­nated to the Cap­i­tal Ap­peal so far. Please do do­nate, if you can, so that they can raise the re­main­ing £500,000 needed to com­plete the re­fur­bish­ment.”

Com­mu­nity fundraiser Sue Barnes said: “He­len House is now over 30 years old and does need up­dat­ing, with im­prove­ments in­clud­ing piped oxy­gen in all the bed­rooms and wider cor­ri­dors and spa­ces, so that larger, mod­ern wheel­chairs and beds can be moved around.

“The re­fur­bish­ment will also pro­vide im­proved mu­sic, art and play ar­eas and a new ded­i­cated teach­ing space for chil­dren, so they are able to con­tinue their lessons dur­ing their stay. Please sup­port our ap­peal, and help us raise the fi­nal £500,000 needed.”

To make a do­na­tion, go to the char­ity’s web­site – at www.he­le­nand­dou­glas.org.uk – or con­tact the fundrais­ing team – email fundrais­ing@he­le­nand­dou­glas.org.uk or call 01865 799 150.

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VAL­UED SUP­PORT: Ben­jamin Hafeez, 18, who suf­fers from Duchenne Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy

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