Saturday, January 14, 2012
Interview with Martin O'Looney, steward at the Aughton Institute, Aughton, Lancashire. Claire-House Children's Hospice Charity Fundraising evening with former world champion snooker player John Parrott, Friday 13th January 2012.
About Claire-House Children's Hospice
Located in Bebington on the Wirral, Claire House is a bright, vibrant place of hope. In addition to caring for our babies, children and young adults, we also focus on the needs of the whole family, providing bereavement and other support for as long as it is needed. With no guaranteed government funding we need to raise in excess of £2.5 million each year to maintain our present levels of service.
Our specialist nursing team also work in the community through our ‘Hospice to Home’ programme which offers paediatric palliative care in the family home. With a hospice to home service also operating from our Liverpool office we are now reaching more families than in previous years and hope to see this grow in other areas too.
Claire House opened its doors to children in December 1998 providing a service for babies, children and young people aged 0 - 23 years with life limiting conditions and their families from Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and the Isle of Man.
Since 1998, Claire House has gone from strength to strength and is now providing leadership and focus for its many children, families and staff and also for supporters. In 2006 we opened our teenage extension which provides the facilities for young people, we now provide care for over 200 families.
The facilities are such that at any one time we can accommodate up to ten children and their families. Our building was originally designed in the shape of a ‘C’ and is set in 3.5 acres of beautifully landscaped and adapted gardens, with swings and a play area designed for wheelchairs.
Claire House has been built to the highest standards, while still maintaining a homely environment. All of the children’s bedrooms have doors that open onto their own patio area with a view of either the garden or our spectacular glass and stone water feature. We offer a home from home environment offering a place where families can relax, recharge their batteries and have fun with their children. Expert care is on hand to help them make the most of each day and live life to the full.
Claire House is not a sad place, it is a place for living. It provides an opportunity to share concerns and worries with people who understand. It is a place of fun and laughter, enjoyment, love and support.