Create a Butterfly Tribute

A Butterfly Tribute can be set up in memory of a loved one to benefit Helen & Douglas House. They are a wonderful way of supporting the charity and ensuring that the memory of your child, family member or friend lives on after they have gone.

Why we need your help

Why we need your help
It costs over £5 million a year to run the two hospice houses and we are dependent on voluntary contributions for over 80% of this. This means we rely almost entirely on the generosity of people in the community to be able to provide sustainable, specialist care for the children and young adults who visit us and support for their families. Please help us to be here for families, now and in the future.

Helen & Douglas House

Helping children & young adults live life to the full, even when that life is short.

‘You have to make the best of a short life and this is a place where it can happen’
Helen & Douglas House parent

Many of the young people who visit us can be isolated and unable to lead independent lives, they rely on their main carer for everything. It often feels that their whole life is dictated by other people – when they go to bed, when they get up, what they do and when they do it. Helen & Douglas House gives them the chance to make choices for themselves and experience things they would not normally easily access – such as trips out and being with people their own age – but still have the support and specialist care they need. As well as specialist medical care we also offer a range of social activities and therapies such as music, art therapy & hydrotherapy.

We provide medically supported short breaks, as well as nursing and end of life care. Doctors, nursing teams and carers offer 24 hour one-to-one care and support. The teams are experienced in end-of-life care and manage this with dignity, sensitivity and comfort. Help is offered to the whole family, through counselling and practical support for as long as it is needed.

Our aim is to help every one of our guests and their families live life to the full, even when that life is short. We currently care for approximately 300 families and 60 bereaved families from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Northants, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and parts of London.

‘This is where parents can lay down their loved and loving burden for a time, so they can be parents for their other children, or just spend time on their own. It is our window to be a normal family for a while.’
Helen & Douglas House Parent.

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Be a Supporter

Be a Supporter

The support we offer families caring for children and young adults with life - shortening conditions, is only possible with the help we receive from you.

Donating to your Tribute

Supporting us at your special occasion or event is a rewarding and thoughtful way to help. Why not ask guests to make a Tribute donation instead of a gift at your birthday or wedding anniversary, or perhaps in lieu of flowers at a funeral.