Children’s Hospice South West has dedicated 25 years to supporting children with life-limiting conditions and their families, all the while our mission has remained the same – to make the most of every short and precious life. What we offer is far from the incredibly sad places that many imagine hospices to be.
Everyone at CHSW gives their all to ensure that children who will not reach adulthood have a safe, happy and relaxing place that they love to visit, and that their parents and siblings get all the help and support they need.
Mandy Robbins, Director of Care and Deputy Chief Executive first joined Children's Hospice South West at the very foundations of Little Bridge House, when the building was first constructed. Here she talks about her time working for Children's Hospice South West:
"The years spent working at Little Bridge House have been enormously rewarding and packed full of delightful memories and experiences. I feel hugely privileged to have met so many amazing children and their wonderful families and have been warmed by their friendship and inspired by their approach to both life and death.
This photo (right) is of the original Care Team at Little Bridge House, taken at the gate during their induction programme before we welcomed the first families to Little Bridge House (how young we all look!).
It marks the start of an exciting stage of our hospice history - when everything became real! These fabulous people were going to translate Jill, Eddie and the Trustee’s dream into a reality.
What this photo can’t convey is the tremendous energy, enthusiasm and commitment the new Care Team members threw into every day. I will always be grateful for the way they completely embraced the Children’s Hospice South West philosophy, making the most of short and precious lives, as first spelled out by Jill and Eddie.
As the years have passed, our Care Team has grown from one to three and each Care Team member, in their own way, has put 110% into making a difference to the lives of the children and families we care for - for which I am hugely thankful.
I cannot help, however, having special memories of that first Care Team and will always be tremendously appreciative of their support, sense of humour and immense care as we took our first steps to becoming a fully fledged children’s hospice service!"
Members of our team have kindly shared what it means to work at Children's Hospice South West and why they love their job.
Lisa has been working for Children's Hospice South West for 17 years, joining Little Bridge House in 1998.
Amanda, Team leader at Charlton Farm, explains why she chose to work in children's palliative care.
Charlton Farm nurse Sarah Norman was drawn to working at Children's Hospice South West because of it's vision for whole family care.
Nurse Kitty French joined the team at Little Harbour in September 2014 after previously working in hospitals.
Chairman of Trustees, the Venerable Trevor Lloyd.
Alison has been the Senior Cook at Little Bridge House for over 20 years.
Heart Radio visit Little Bridge House
Carers provide 24/7 care during the time the child is at the hospice and are also at the end of a phone should the families encounter any problems with care when the family are either out and about or at the hospice.
Heart Radio talks to carer Jean Noall about her role at Little Bridge House and the incredible support they provide.
Children’s Hospice South West now has a chain of children’s hospices covering Cornwall, Plymouth, Torbay, Devon, Somerset, North Somerset, Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Little Bridge House, which opened in 1995, is a beautiful stone built building in North Devon. It is a peaceful and relaxing environment.
Charlton Farm is nestled in magnificent parkland, just west of Bristol. It provides a secluded and beautiful setting.
Little Harbour is conveniently situated for families who live in Cornwall, Plymouth and parts of South Devon.
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