The BraveHerts Children's Appeal

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Currently only 1 in 3 children in Hertfordshire are getting the hospice care they deserve. Urgent funding is needed to make sure every child with a life-limiting and terminal illness receives the care they need. Will you help us support these children and their families?

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What is The BraveHerts Children's Appeal?

The BraveHerts Children’s Appeal is an always-evolving appeal aimed at helping us to continue caring for our current patients in Hertfordshire but also finding and caring for the two out of three children we are missing.

The pandemic has meant the appeal had to be put on hold. However, with the vaccine now being rolled out across our communities, we’re starting to look forward and move ahead with our fundraising activities for 2021.

To ensure we can continue to care for our child patients, we need to keep the following posts funded:

  • Community matron (part-time)
  • Community specialist nurse
  • Play specialist (part-time)
  • Activity co-ordinator (part-time).

Would you be able to help us fund one of these posts? To be part of something amazing, please contact Nicholas Lambert, Chairman of The BraveHerts Children's Appeal, on 07879 814863 or nlambert@gmail.com.

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Your support will mean more families in Hertfordshire living with a child who has a life-limiting and terminal illness can access our support seven days a week, 24 hours a day, wherever and whenever they need it the most.

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Meet The BraveHerts Children's Appeal team

Did you know The BraveHerts Children's Appeal team is led by the Hertfordshire Development Board which is a committed group of volunteers? 

Chairman

Nicholas Lambert

Board members

Ruth Jaksic, Ashrafa Sutton, David Kirk and Linda Rogers.

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How can you help?

Get involved with The BraveHerts Children’s Appeal today. Help children with life-limiting illnesses have the best quality of life possible. Their families deserve wonderful memories.

Fund a member of our care team

If you're able to support one of the four posts we desperately need to fund, please contact Nicholas Lambert, Chairman of The BraveHerts Children's Appeal, on 07879 814863 or nlambert@gmail.com.

Please consider a significant donation today.

Be a Corporate Partner

  • Choose The BraveHerts Children's Appeal as your charity of choice.
  • Fund a member of the care team as part of your organisational goals.
  • Make a difference through regular product donations.
  • Speak to us about these or other great opportunities for team building and fulfilling your CSR responsibilities.

We're already working with McMullen's Brewery and its pubs, and Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce.

Email letmehelp@keech.org.uk for more information.

Sign up for an event

Why not take part in one of our fantastic fundraising events? There's something for everyone. Raise money and have fun at the same time! Take a look to see what you'd like to be part of and sign up today!

Or if there's a particular must-do event on your bucket list - or on that of anyone you know - then get in touch. We might just be able to help make it happen!

Come and see for yourself

We'd love to welcome you to our beautiful hospice but, at the moment, we can't run our usual tours. You can take a virtual tour, though, and see for yourself the difference we're making to children with life-limiting and terminal illnesses living in Hertfordshire. 

Find out more

With your support The BraveHerts Children’s Appeal has already:

Helped us increase our specialist staff team across Hertfordshire with three-year funding for:

  • A clinical nurse specialist
  • A play specialist
  • An events and activity co-ordinator
  • A community matron
  • Raised awareness of Keech Hospice Care as Hertfordshire’s children’s hospice
  • Ensured services and social support are provided where needed by increasing community-based care provision
  • Helped us introduce two multi-disciplinary team meetings within Hertfordshire to improve communication between GPs, doctors and other health professionals. This has helped bring new patients to us and ensured existing patients receive the best care.

The BraveHerts Children’s Appeal fact file:

  • 2007-2017 Two pieces of national research (Craft and Killen) were published which focused on palliative care services for children. This research found the number of children with life-limiting illnesses in England was double previously reported estimates and had increased annually in all areas over the past decade.
  • 2014 Keech Hospice Care commissioned “A review of services supporting palliative care for children and young people in Hertfordshire” which estimates there are 900 children in Hertfordshire with a life-limiting illness, 400 of whom would immediately benefit from our help.
  • 2016 Keech Hospice Care were supporting 150 children in Hertfordshire at this time, only a third of those that needed help. To support this message, that only 1 in 3 children were receiving care, The BraveHerts Children’s Appeal was launched, chaired by Fergus McMullen DL and supported by his Hertfordshire Development Board.
  • 2017 Keech Hospice Care joint-funded a PhD research project with the University of Bedfordshire. This three-year study aims to pinpoint shortfalls in existing palliative care support for families so we know where to focus attention in the future.

There is currently little research looking into the needs of families of children with life-limiting illnesses, including bereaved parents, or of professionals delivering palliative care services.