Our hospices are often filled with joy and laughter. Of course, there is no mistaking the serious work we do, but the atmosphere of the hospice isn’t what you might imagine. We do everything we can to help make the most of every moment a very sick child has with us and with their family. And that includes giving them one-to-one specialist care, having fun times through play, music, outings and crafts - simple pleasures that many of us take for granted.

Family time at Children's Hospice South WestHelping everyone to be themselves

Parents, who often struggle to cope with their child’s illness, find some relief from their responsibilities of care at our hospices. They can relax, be themselves and do what any parent wants to do – be a parent again. Brothers and sisters, who might be feeling isolated, scared or confused, have a chance to play together, share some special times and have a little fun, too.

Finding time and space to smile

We often hear people saying that their children especially enjoy coming to our hospices because they are places where they can be understood, where they can receive specialist care and where they can find the space and time to smile despite everything.

And that is what Children's Hospice South West is all about: making the most of short and precious lives in every possible way - and helping to raise a smile whenever we can.

Children's Hospice South West recently commissioned a series of short films to give insight into the care we offer at our three hospice sites. Our families have kindly shared their experiences with us.

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