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?

To care for more children, we must raise £520,000.

This will mean we can fund the following posts which will be dedicated to Hertfordshire families for the next three years:

  • Community specialist nurse
  • Palliative care support worker
  • Occupational therapist (part-time)
  • Complementary therapist (part-time)

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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? Together, they've already raised funds for a specialist nurse, play specialist, community matron and activity coordinator as well as spearheaded vital research into the needs of families of children and young people with life-limiting illnesses.

Chairman

Nicholas Lambert

Board members

Fergus McMullen DL (Patron), Kate McMullen, Kate Holland-Hibbert DL, Ruth Jaksic, Anne Lamarche and Lin 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 fund one of the four posts we desperately need, 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 Brewing and pubs, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Ugo Foods.

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

Sign up for an event

Why not take part in one of our fantastic fundraising events? From Bubble Rush to Wingwalks, 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!

Come and see for yourself

We'd love to welcome you to our beautiful hospice.  Why not come along and see for yourself the difference we're making to children with life-limiting and teminal illnesses living in Hertfordshire.  Email letmehelp@keech.org.uk and book your tour today.

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.