“The minute he gets to the hospice, he’s just so animated, as soon as he’s through the door he’s smiling and knows everyone so well and for me when I get in there, I just feel so free,” says mum Michelle.
Born premature in August 2017, mum Emma immediately knew all was not right with her youngest daughter Mya.
Lana has recently started to be supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, and it so happened to be a very special day during one of her first respite stays – her 2nd birthday!
Seven-year-old Anais has been supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices since she was two months old. Anais comes to the hospice for respite stays, giving her a chance to play and enjoy all the things she likes to do, in a safe and fun environment.
Shooting Star Children’s Hospices have been part of the lives of some families for many years, providing support and care as they grow to become young adults. We understand the importance of marking very special milestones – like Abigail’s, who recently turned 21-years-old.
Following a normal pregnancy and birth, Imogen was welcomed into the world in April 2017, joining mum Kelly, dad Tristan and big sister Brooke. However, when she was just four months old, Kelly started to have concerns.
Three-year-old Lottie was born with hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy, a brain condition which can cause developmental delay, seizures and cognitive impairment. Her symptoms cause her a lot of pain and discomfort, so for a few weeks during lockdown she stayed at the hospice for symptom management.
Eight-year-old Nicholas has been supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices for three years. In August, during the coronavirus pandemic, Nicholas stayed with us for emergency respite giving him the chance to have some fun whilst his family could feel comfortable in the knowledge that he was in a safe environment, enjoying himself.
Up until a few weeks ago, seven-month-old Patrick had spent his entire life on Mountain Ward at Evelina Hospital. Recently he was referred to us for three weeks of step-down care to help his parents make the transition from hospital to caring for him at home.
20-year-old Madeleine has Aicardi Syndrome and has been supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices since she was 3 years old. Madeleine’s mum Katherine explains how we have been able to support the family during the COVID-19 pandemic.