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We sadly can't help everyone but we always admire the love, dedication and care these charities provide.
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Age UK

Age UK has a vision of a world in which older people flourish. Their aim is to improve later life for everyone through their information and advice, campaigns, products, training and research.
A world in which older people flourish is a world in which older people will:

  • be equal citizens with equal rights
  • have enough money for a secure and decent life, and have access as consumers to the products and services they need at a price they can afford
  • have access to the healthcare and social care they need
  • have the opportunity to live healthier longer lives and to enjoy a sense of well-being
  • live in homes and neighbourhoods that are safe and comfortable and which enable them to lead fulfilling lives
  • have opportunities to participate and contribute as volunteers, active citizens, good neighbours, family members, and workers
  • enjoy the benefits of longer life, wherever they are in the world.
Helen & Douglas House
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Helen  Douglas House

Helen House was the world's first children's hospice, opening in November 1982. It sprang from the friendship between Sister Frances Dominica and the parents of a seriously ill little girl called Helen who lived at home with her family but required 24 hour care. It is natural that the parents of a much-loved but very ill child would want to care for them at home, but caring for your child every day and night, as well as looking after the rest of your family, and earning a living, can be exhausting.

Helen�s family�s experience highlighted the need for respite care and support for children with life-shortening conditions and so Helen House was set up to help families cope by providing occasional respite care modelled on that provided in the family home - personalised and tailored to individual needs.The emphasis is on making the most of life, whatever the circumstances.

Douglas House

With improvements in medical care, children and young adults with life-shortening conditions are in some instances living longer than ever before. A children's hospice environment is unlikely to be suitable for someone who's 16 or over, but neither is an adult hospice, which is why Douglas House, the world's first hospice specifically for young adults, was opened in February 2004.Douglas House provides a young person with the time to do the things they like to do with the support of the nursing and care team.

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Winston's Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity and the largest provider of services to bereaved children, young people and their families in the UK.

We offer practical support and guidance to families, professionals and anyone concerned about a grieving child. We believe that the right support at the right time can enable young people to live with their grief and rebuild positive futures.