Helen and Douglas House
Helen & Douglas House cares for terminally ill children and their families, providing medical, emotional and practical support. They help local families deal with the implications of living with a child who will die prematurely, so they can make the most of their time together
Toby is 4 years old and lives with his Mum, Kim & Dad, Tim in Olney. Toby has a complex neurological condition called Dravet Syndrome which means he experiences very regular and severe seizures. He has been visiting Helen House since he was 11 months old.
Toby’s Dad Tim said ‘The breaks at Helen & Douglas House keep us sane. They allow us to be the people we are. We’d fall apart without it. When we’ve hit rock bottom the Helen & Douglas House team have picked us up, given us a hug and looked after Toby in the best possible way. The word hospice used to be a scary word for us but now it represents safety, friendship, fun and an opportunity to be ourselves while Toby gets the best care and playmates any little boy could ask for.’
This will be the tenth year that the Whittlebury Fair has supported Helen & Douglas House and Jenny Howells, Community Fundraising Manager, said “The annual Whittlebury Fair is a fantastic event and we are incredibly grateful to the committee for their long term support. They have already raised over £116,000 for Helen & Douglas House and their generosity makes a huge difference to local terminally ill children and their families”