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Help for families

We’re here for families when they need us the most, providing outstanding care and support that’s built around their needs.

We found a service where managers and staff went the extra mile to ensure children and their families received the best possible care.

CQC, January 2024

Can we help you?

For some families a children’s hospice is the last place they want to be. Even if they’ve been struggling on their own for years. We understand.

But if you live in West Yorkshire and your baby or child has been diagnosed with a life-shortening condition or your baby or child has sadly died in the last two years, you’re eligible for our care, all of which is free to you. Whether it’s help managing symptoms or you just need a bit of a break, or you’re looking for support for your other children, or you need counselling, bereavement support or therapy, please get in touch.

We can help take some weight off your shoulders so you can make the most of every moment together.

A real home from home

Russell House is a bright, colourful and welcoming place with children’s and family bedrooms, play areas, good food and lots of support.

Support for the whole family

We’re here for the whole family, not just the child. Because when a child has a life-shortening condition or when a family has lost a child, everyone’s affected.

Outstanding tailored care and support

A highly qualified, specialist team led by nurses and therapists providing care that’s rated as ‘outstanding’ by the CQC and tailored to each family’s needs.

Caring for your child

People tend to think that a children’s hospice is just there for end of life care. In fact, we offer a wide range of support for your child, from hydrotherapy in our pool to creative therapy, activities and parties, emergency crisis care and symptom control. And we’ve supported many children with chronic, complex health conditions for a number of years, to help them live the best lives they can, making memories to last a lifetime.

We also offer short breaks at the hospice so families can get some time to themselves, safe in the knowledge that their child is being well looked after. And we also offer clinical care, therapy and practical support at home and in hospital.

Caring for your family

We know that facing or living with the loss of your child can be a very lonely experience. At Forget Me Not, we start with what each family needs – whether that’s practical help, respite, support for brothers and sisters, help to plan for the end of life or bereavement counselling and therapy. All so that families can make the most of every moment, together.

Our support starts from as early as 16 weeks of pregnancy, and we continue to be here for families after a baby or child has died. We also provide award-winning support for families devastated by the sudden and unexpected death of a child.