Christmas party for children with disabilities
4 December 2017
Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust held a Christmas party at Hounslow Toy Library on Saturday 2 December for terminally ill children and others with severe disabilities.
The Trust used its charitable funds to bring a little seasonal cheer to families who need help from the children’s continuing care team.
The team of children’s nurses and health care support workers offers a 24-hour service in Hounslow, caring for children in their own homes.
Team leader Katie Randall said: “The party went really well and we were so happy that we were able to bring some Christmas cheer to families who are going through some difficult times.
“We’re proud of being able to offer palliative and end-of-life care at home, so families can be together at such a difficult time, and are pleased to cut down on the time children have to spend in hospital.”
The team also works closely all year round with Shooting Star Hospice, children’s social care, GPs, hospital consultants, schools and therapists.
A typical case last year involved Great Ormond Street Hospital contacting the team five days before Christmas, because they thought it could be a patient’s last Christmas and the child wanted to spend it with the family. The child went home three days later and, fortunately, is still enjoying life with the family, supported by the children’s continuing care team.