Together for Short Lives

Together for Short Lives

Together for Short Lives speaks out for all children and young people who are expected to have short lives. Together with everyone who provides care and support to these children and families we are here to help them have as fulfilling lives as possible and the very best care at the end of life.

Facts about our job

  • There are 49,000 children and young people living in the UK with health conditions that are life-shortening or life-threatening—and the number is rising. That’s one in every 270 children – the equivalent of one in every school.
  • 42% of children’s hospice organisations receive no funding from their local authorities. In 2015, children’s hospices received on average just 10% of their funding from local authorities.
  • The pressure on parents of having a child with a life-shortening condition is immense. Most relationships will suffer, with 36% experiencing a breakdown of the family.

Hearing the news that your child has a life-shortening condition and is likely to die young is completely devastating. For tens of thousands of families in the UK this is the reality. These children have very complex and unpredictable conditions and often need round the clock care, seven days a week.

Together for Short Lives is a UK wide charity that, together with our members, speaks out for all children and young people who are expected to have short lives. Together with everyone who provides care and support to these children and families, including all 54 children’s hospice services, we are here to help them have as fulfilling lives as possible and the very best care at the end of life. We can’t change the diagnosis, but we can help children and families make the most of their time together.

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Monthly Donations

  • £5 per month or £60 annually

    £50 could pay for a family splash around in a special hydrotherapy pool at a local children’s hospice. Many seriously ill children spend a lot of time in bed or a wheelchair, causing their muscles to get stiff and seize up. In water they can move more easily and even enjoy a cuddle with their families, sometimes for the very first time.

  • £7.50 per month or £90 annually

    £7.50 could help to fund a specialist paediatric nurse. Children’s hospice nurses are unique offering care and clinical support tailored to the individual needs of every child and family.

  • £10 per month or £120 annually

    £10 per month could help towards a short break for the whole family at a children’s hospice, providing some much needed rest and family time.

  • £20 per month or £240 annually

    £200 could pay for an urgent visit to a family’s home by a children’s nurse to support a child at the end of their life; allowing a family the chance to say goodbye at home rather than in hospital.