Support our Light Up A Life appeal 2016 and make a donation to Children’s Hospice South West or North Devon Hospice

The memory tree in the chapel at Little Bridge House in Fremington.The memory tree in the chapel at Little Bridge House in Fremington.

Children's Hospice South West turns 25 this year and over that time its mission has remained the same - to make the most of every short and precious life.

It costs £9.8 million each year to fund the services at CHSW's three hospices in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. You can help by supporting the Light up a Life Appeal and making a donation to CHSW or North Devon Hospice.

Special services around North Devon give people the opportunity to remember a loved one and help raise money for the hospices.

CHSW was founded by Eddie and Jill Farwell in 1991 and opened its first hospice, Little Bridge House in North Devon, four years later.

Everyone at CHSW gives their all to ensure that children who will not reach adulthood have a safe, happy and relaxing place that they love to visit, and that their parents and siblings get all the help and support they need - including bereavement support.

It is overwhelmingly sad when a family watches one of their children die but CHSW are there to support families every step of the way, helping them through bereavement and beyond.

Ongoing support

At CHSW the support to parents, brothers and sisters following the death of their loved one continues for as long as they need, helping families to deal with the grief and to celebrate their life.

Each of the hospices provides a very special bedroom called Starborn. It is here where children are laid after their death, and allows for a very private space for families to say their goodbyes.

As one bereaved parent explained: "When our son died, peacefully, I was allowed to be with him. As a family, we were never rushed to say our goodbyes and continued our stay at the hospice as the funeral arrangements were finalised."

Sharing memories

The hospice also organises annual remembering days and bereavement weekends at the hospice. Bereavement co-ordinator Caroline Jenner said: "The death of a child is the hardest thing to endure and although, we can help to create happy memories, society tends to think that a parent will eventually get over losing a child - this is just an illusion.

"We cannot take away that pain but grieving people usually need to talk about their lost one and share happy memories with as many people as they can. This is why families cherish their time with our care team and our dedicated Remembrance Weekends, as they are allowed to talk openly and with others who understand implicitly what they are going through."

Remember your loved ones this Christmas - donate via the links below or visit one of the services listed to light a candle in their memory.

To donate to Children's Hospice South West CLICK HERE

To donate to North Devon Hospice CLICK HERE

LIGHT UP A LIFE SERVICES FOR 2016

Joint service with both hospices: J

Children's Hospice South West: CHSW

North Devon Hospice: NDH

December

Wed 7 - Hartland Stoke Church, 7.30pm. NDH

Wed 7 - Barnstaple St Peter & St Mary, 1pm. NDH

Thur 8 - Barnstaple Grosvenor Church, 7pm. J

Fri 9 - North Tawton St Peter's Church, 7pm. CHSW

Sat 10 - Holsworthy Methodist Church, 7pm. J

Sun 11 - Northam Methodist Church, 4pm. CHSW

Sun 11 - Ilfracombe St Philip and St James, 6.30pm. J

Mon 12 - Lee St Matthew's Church, 6.30pm. NDH

Wed 14 - Chittlehampton St Hieretha's Church, 7pm. J

Wed 14 - Woolsery All Hallows, 7pm. J

Thur 15 - East-the-Water The Bethel, 7pm. J

Fri 16 - Torrington Methodist Church, 7pm. J

Sat 17 - Bideford Pannier Market, 6pm. J