The two hospice houses support approximately 300 families. It costs around £5 million a year to run and over 85% comes from voluntary donations. That makes it a fantastic cause to support: real need, close to home, at a scale where you can make a difference.
The hospice works through expert medical, nursing and family support teams. Money raised by staff from Berkeley Homes Oxford and Chiltern has been invested alongside a grant from the Berkeley Foundation in specialist palliative care.
This helps people like Saskia, who has a rare genetic condition called Edwards syndrome which causes profound and multiple physical problems and severe learning disabilities. Although Saskia leads a full life and goes to college, with our support Helen & Douglas House has been able given her mum the chance to rest from full-time caring, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In September 2014, Berkeley Homes Oxford and Chiltern arranged a Fun Day in support of Helen and Douglas House, with over 800 people attending and raising within the region of £30,000. Families from Helen and Douglas House also took part in the fun games and activities throughout the day. One mother from Helen and Douglas house gave a moving speech about the fantastic work carried out.
Watch the video below to find out more about why this work matters.