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10 January 2012, 05:00
The two house hospice has helped thousands of families across the Thames Valley over the last 30 years.
The charity was founded by Sister Frances Dominica who also founded Douglas House, the world’s first hospice specifically for young adults aged 16-35, which opened in 2004.
Sister Frances said:
"As we gather together at the gates of Helen House we will remember not only the 30 years of children’s hospice care and the many people who have supported us, but also the families who have come through the gates of the big red door of Helen House over the years.
"When Helen House was built, no one could have predicted how the world would change and the needs of the families develop.
"We will always be on a steep learning curve, but the core purpose and ethos remain the same – the offer of friendship, practical help and the highest standards of professional care.
"I know that friends far and wide will continue to help us to be alongside the families and young people who visit us in the years to come."
They've helped thousands of families over the years, currently providing support to 250 families a year across the Thames Valley.
Clare Edwards, Director of Clinical Services told Heart fundraising is getting more difficult:
"Without our local supporters we couldn't do what we do for people over 80% of what we do is raised by our local support so its really important that people still support it."
During 2012 there will be a calendar of activities for people to get involved with, including fundraising events and special occasions to mark this year for our families.
A travelling photo exhibition is also planned, that will document life at Helen & Douglas House now.