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At Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) we help and support children, young people and their families who are living with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Every day is dedicated to making the most of every moment. Because life is unpredictable we are here day and night, all year long - whenever we are needed.

Penny and the PAT dogFamilies come to our hospices for planned respite and a rare opportunity for a break, but they also turn to us for emergency care and, when the time comes, for palliative and end of life care.

Our services are free to families who need us because we believe that nothing should get in the way of very sick children and young people receiving the very best care. So, with little government funding, we rely on the generosity of our supporters to deliver our promise to ‘make the most of short and precious lives across the South West’.

We are absolutely committed to making the most of short and precious lives. The care offered at each of our hospices is not simply about medical and nursing care, but about enriching the lives of children, young people and their families.  

  • Children’s Hospice South West was first registered with the charity commission in 1991 and celebrated our 25th Anniversary in 2016.
  • CHSW is dedicated to making the most of short and precious lives, providing the best possible hospice care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families.
  • Children's Hospice South West have 3 hospices across the South West. Little Bridge House in Barnstaple (opened 1995), Charlton Farm in Bristol (opened 2007) and Little Harbour in St Austell (opened 2011).
  • CHSW is the only children’s hospice in the South West. It costs around £11million to run the 3 hospices each year and we rely almost entirely on voluntary contributions.
  • CHSW delivers a range of services including short breaks, specialist play, music therapy, a dedicated siblings team, palliative and emergency care, end of life care, bereavement support and specialist medical care - all available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • CHSW provides specialist palliative care for the whole family addressing the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of each member of the family.
  • On average, children's hospices in the UK receive 17 per cent of their funding from the Government, less than a fifth of their expenditure. (Hospice UK, 2017)

  • Children's Hospice South West provides care for over 550 families in the South West.
  • Our services are free to every family that needs them.