Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Tuesday, 25th January; Helen and Douglas House

Now this is how it's done!!

Helen and Douglas House provides respite and end-of-life care for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions, as well as support and friendship for the whole family.

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, and Douglas House is for young adults and was opened in February 2004, providing young people with the time to do the things they like to do with the support of the nursing and care team.

They have a charity in Bartholomew Street which is the best charity shop in the town - friendly volunteers, a clean and tidy shop, items that seem to be pitched at the right price, a bookshop where you can buy coffee and a lovely view of St NIcolas CHurch which is really the heart of Newbury.

Today I bought a lovely card with a painting of Newbury's Kennet and Avon Canal which I shall be sending to a very special friend to say thank you for being generally amazing. The lady in the shop had a chat and said 'thank you' - often a phrase that's overlooked!


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