A photo exhibition at Swindon Central Library until 10 September marks 30 years of Helen House, the world’s first children’s hospice and the pioneer of the children’s hospice movement worldwide and celebrates the lives of the families and young people that use the services of Helen & Douglas House.
The exhibition, that is free to members of the public, captures the images and stories of 30 families from both Helen House (for children from birth to 16) and Douglas House (for young adults from 16-35, which opened in 2004 within the same grounds). It is a stunning and moving collection of photographs by three professional photographers and is not to be missed.
A photo of the Patel family (right), from Swindon, is included in the exhibition. Their daughter Neelu used to visit Helen House and now comes for respite care at Douglas House.
Mrs Patel said; ‘Everyone at Douglas House is very helpful. We have the confidence to go away and have peace of mind that Neelu knows the carers and they know her. She is comfortable with the staff. We can have a rest, relax and do different things. Helen and Douglas House is like heaven, we feel she is safe and happy there.’