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Summer at Horizon

18 July 2017

Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice helps bring summer to life-limited children and their families.

Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice - the only service of its type within Northern Ireland caring for children and young people with complex needs – has launched a new `Summer at Horizon` campaign to highlight the services which are available to life-limited children and their families during the summer period.

The charity, which cares for over 300 life-limited children and young people each year, provides specialist palliative care in the form of end-of-life care and also specialist respite breaks.

Many families who avail of Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice services speak of the invaluable support network that they receive by coming to Children’s Hospice during the summer period.

Grace Stewart, Head of Children’s Services at Horizon House said: “At Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice we’re aware of the challenges that families with a life-limited child may encounter during the summer period and indeed throughout the year.

 “At Hospice we offer Short Breaks, also known as Respite Breaks, where Families can come and enjoy time in a safe environment with specially trained staff on hand at all times. Activities such as arts and crafts, soft play, sensory play and even swimming are all available here for families when it may not be possible for that child to go to a public swimming pool due to infection risks.

“We also care for the whole family, Mum and Dad and even Brothers and Sisters can come along too with accommodation available for the whole family, allowing families to spend quality time together.

“To keep our services running however, we rely on the support of you, the public.  Please take the time to support our Summer at Horizon campaign. Your support will enable NICH to continue to provide life-limited children and their families with specialist palliative care during the summer period”.

To make a donation to the Summer at Horizon campaign, text NICH05 £5 TO 70070.