‘Ageing’ hospice in need of renovation
Teenagers’ parents lead push to raise £500k
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 email@example.com or call 01865 799 150.
VALUED SUPPORT: Benjamin Hafeez, 18, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy