28

Apr

Claire House Comes to Liverpool

For nearly 20 years, Claire House Children’s Hospice has been supporting families with seriously and terminally ill children across Merseyside, Cheshire and the surrounding counties.

What started off as the dream of one family, Chris and Bobby Cain, after the death of their 10-year-old daughter Claire in 1989, has grown to support over 400 families a year.

But now plans are well underway for Claire House to reach out to more families with a second hospice site, based in the West Derby area of Liverpool.

“For every seriously and terminally ill child in Liverpool that Claire House currently reaches, there’s another we can’t. And for the first time in our history, demand means we are occasionally being forced to cancel stays for families who have booked them in advance, to focus on emergency care. We want to change that,” explains Claire House CEO David Pastor, who hopes that one day Claire House will be able to support every single child and family who needs it.

“We’ve seen a 40% increase in the number of children and young people we look after in the past four years and over half of these children come from North of the Mersey so opening a new site in the city makes perfect sense.”

Situated off Honey’s Green Lane, near Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, the new hospice site was previously occupied by The Carmelite Order of Nuns for over 100 years. The long-term ambition is to turn the site into a completely new hospice.

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