Children’s Hospices across London (CHaL) brings together six children's hospices to improve and increase the services offered to children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.
Since March, CHaL hospices have all been working in close collaboration with each other and the NHS to enable sick children without COVID-19 to leave hospital safely to hospices and to thus free up hospital beds for COVID emergencies. Our care services have generally been as busy if not busier than we would normally see across the same period of the year, and as the crisis and lockdown start to ease, we continue to work closely with the NHS and our families to ensure that all can access the support they need. Voluntary income, however, has been a challenge for all of us. Our shops, though previously closed, are now starting to re-open, but fundraising generally has seen a significant reduction as most events have been forced to cancel and many of our supporters have their own financial challenges. The future remains very uncertain, as Ryan Campbell, CEO of Demelza Hospice Care for Children, explains in his video.
We help create positive memories, provide emotional and social support, and offer nursing care to more than 2,000 children and their families each year, so that they can live a life that’s as full as possible.
By working collaboratively, raising awareness and funds, we are making our resources go further, but research shows that we only reach around a third of the children and families that could benefit from our support. Together we want to ensure that every child and their family in London, has access to the care and support so desperately needed when facing a life-limiting or life-threatening condition.