The Donna Louise provides care and support for children, young adults and their families, from initial diagnosis until they no longer need us. This care is provided in our purpose-built hospice, in the family home - or a combination of both depending on the family's preference.
Currently we care for more than 240 children and young adults from across Staffordshire and Cheshire. We would not be able to do this without loyal supporters who help us to raise the £3.5million we need each year to run our service.
2018 is a hugely important year for The Donna Louise as we strive to raise an additional £1million to contribute towards our new service for young adults, while continuing to offer a wide range of care services for our existing families.
Music is a great healer and can uplift the soul. Our one-to-one music sessions are a real hit with children of all abilities. Art therapy is an important outlet offered to all families who spend time at The Donna Louise. It's a way for the children, young adults, siblings and parents to express their feelings in a creative way. A pledge of £30 would pay for an art therapy session with our counsellor and give someone the chance to create a meaningful work of art.
Play is really important for all kids, and the children who spend time at The Donna Louise are no different. They love nothing more than gluing and sticking and there's always plenty of paint and glitter to go around. There’s always a great range of fun activities to keep the children, and their brothers and sisters, entertained while they're here; regardless of age and physical ability. For £450 you could sponsor play activities for a week and bring a smile to loads of (messy) faces. Counselling- Whether it's a child who's lost a brother or sister, a young adult with something they need to share, or a mum who just needs to let off some steam, our counsellors are always here to listen. A pledge of £730 would sponsor counselling sessions for a week and give our families the security blanket of knowing there's always someone to talk to.
Whether it’s making music, playing games, meeting a counsellor or socialising with friends, the focus is on relaxing, having fun and making the most of life. Respite stays give families the chance to recharge their batteries in our home away from home.
- Liz Brough, Head of Community Relations
For families, being able to come to The Donna Louise surrounded by people in whom they have faith, trust, and professional friendships enables them to simply concentrate on being a family.