Each year at Camp we celebrate our many blessings by supporting those who are less fortunate than us. We have supported anything from African Missions to our very own Willen Hospice. This year we are supporting Helen & Douglas House, a children’s hospice in Oxford which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Helen House was established in 1982 and supports children under the age of 16 and their families. It was the first of its kind and was founded by Sister Frances Dominica and the parents of Helen, a terminally ill child, whose experiences highlighted the desperate need for support and respite care. Douglas House was set up in 2004 and supports young people aged 16-35 and their families. The advances in medical care meant that children with life-shortening and terminal illnesses were living longer but, a children’s hospice was no longer appropriate for them and, neither was an adult hospice so, Douglas House was set up to care for these young adults.
At Camp we give the opportunity for everyone to make a donation to the selected charity through the MK Camp Bank System (which will be explained in full when you arrive). Last year the Camp Appeal raised just over £400 and with your help we hope to raise a similar amount this year; we can make such a difference to these children’s lives with our donations. The money you raise will go towards the £4.5 million a year that it takes to run these two hospices. For example:
- £2.50 will pay for a dinner for one guest
- £55 pays for a cook for the day at Helen or Douglas house
- £300 pays to provide a support group for brothers and sisters dealing with loss
- £443 pays for a night’s sleep for mum and dad at Douglas House
If you would like a better understanding of the difference the Hospices make in the lives of young people and their families, please spend a few minutes to watch the videos on their website. We will provide more information at Camp, but please give serious thought to how much you are able to donate. Thank you…