Family stories

Staff stories

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.

Exciting staff changes at CHSW

So far this year we've seen some exciting changes at CHSW with some new faces we would like to introduce to our team.

David Turner Allison Ryder Carl Joy

David Turner

Chair of Trustees

Allison Ryder

Director of Care

Carl Joy

Head of Care, Charlton Farm
Read David's trustee story Read Allison's staff story Read Carl's staff story



Staff stories

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 Cains, Children's Nurse

Lisa Cains

Lisa became a Children's Nurse at Charlton Farm two years ago.

Kathy Mansfield

Kathy Mansfield

Kathy has worked in the Care Team at Charlton Farm since its opening in 2007.

Amanda Williams

Amanda Williams

Amanda, Team leader at Charlton Farm, explains why she chose to work in children's palliative care.

Sarah Norman

Sarah Norman

Charlton Farm nurse Sarah Norman was drawn to working at Children's Hospice South West because of its vision for whole family care.

Carl Joy, Senior Care Team Leader

Carl Joy

Carl began working at Charlton Farm when it first opened and is Head of Care.

Alison cook at Little Bridge House

Alison Vogler

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.

Our hospices

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.

Our hospices -  Little Bridge House

Little Bridge House

Little Bridge House, which opened in 1995, is a beautiful stone built building in North Devon. It is a peaceful and relaxing environment.

Our hospices -Charlton Farm

Charlton Farm

Charlton Farm is nestled in magnificent parkland, just west of Bristol. It provides a secluded and beautiful setting.

Our hospices - Little Harbour

Little Harbour

Little Harbour is conveniently situated for families who live in Cornwall, Plymouth and parts of South Devon.

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