Marlborough’s mayor gives boost to world’s first children’s hospice
Marlborough's Mayor, Councillor Alexander Kirk Wilson with the Mayoress, Julie Robinson pictured with Jennifer Hudson from Helen & Douglas House
Helen & Douglas House, the world’s first children’s hospice opened in Oxford in 1982, received a visit last week from Marlborough’s mayor, Councillor Alexander Kirk Wilson, who has included the organisation as one of his mayoral charities during his year in office.
The two hospice houses, Helen House for children and Douglas House for young adults, help 15 residents at anyone time, some £3.4 million of their annual expenditure of £8.3 million coming from gifts, donations and legacies.
“Usually about a third of the residents are in for end-of-life care,” explained the mayor, who was accompanied by Marlborough’s mayoress, Julie Robinson. “It is an immensely moving experience to go there since they concentrate on the quality of life, not the length.”
The mayor and mayoress are pictured with Jennifer Hudson who showed them the hospice at work.