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When did Hope House Children's Hospices first open?

Our first hospice - Hope House in Oswestry - opened in 1995 and our second hospice - Tŷ Gobaith in Conwy - in 2004. You can read more about our origins, and how our services have developed to meet the needs of local children and families, here. 

What do you do?

In a nutshell, Hope House Children's Hospices provide specialist nursing care and support to more than 750 children and their families who live in Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales.

We provide respite care in our two hospices. The impact of caring for a child with a life-threatening condition affects the whole family. Our help enables families to take a much needed short break from their round-the-clock caring routine.

Our neonatal support helps families whose baby has been diagnosed with a complex or life-threatening condition during pregnancy, who has been born with a life-threatening condition or who has sadly died.

Our end of life care for a child or young person includes symptom management and additional support for family members and carers before, during and after death. It can take place in our hospices or at home, and we do everything possible to meet the whole family's needs and wishes during this very difficult time. 

Immediate care after death is here for any child or young person who has died in any circumstances such as from an accident or sudden illness. We have the equipment and the skills so that families can spend time saying goodbye in their own way and in their own time.

Our counselling service is available to families registered with Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith, while our bereavement support is available to all families whose child has died. 

We also provide sibling support for brothers and sisters enabling them to share their feelings and worries, and our social workers provide guidance, advocacy and support to children and families who access our hospice services.

Who funds your work?

Statutory funding pays on average two months' running costs every year. For the other 10 months we are completely dependent on donations, fundraising and legacies to keep our doors open and our services running. No charge is ever made to families.

How much does it cost to run Hope House Children's Hospices?

It costs more than £7.5 million every year to provide all our current services.

How many people work at Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith?

We employ more than 260 people who all play a part in helping deliver our services to children and families.