The auction, organized by Oxford based Holiday Lettings™, saw people bidding for holiday homes donated by the owners throughout June.
Vanessa Fay, Corporate Fundraising Manager, Helen & Douglas House said; ‘We are thrilled that the auction has raised over £17,800 for our charity. This amount will pay for around 7 families to have an essential break at Helen House or Douglas House.’
Children and young adults with life-shortening conditions and their families can stay for medically-supported short breaks at the two hospice houses. This means families receive the expert support they need, but parents can also have a break from the routine of, what can be in many cases, 24-hour care. This means things like getting an unbroken night’s sleep, or going out together as a couple, spending time with their other children, or just enjoying the company of their precious child without having to be their carer as well.
Quotes from families who visit Helen or Douglas House for medically supported short breaks.
‘What is it about Helen House for me? It is the winding down, being able to relax. It is being looked after, instead of doing the looking after.’
A Helen House mum
‘I have a break away from everyday life at home and it gives mum and dad a break from helping with things and having to lift me.’
A Douglas House guest
‘This is where their parents can lay down their loved and loving burden for a time. So they can be parents for their other children, or just spend time on their own. It is our window to be a normal family for a while.’
A Helen House dad