Together for Short Lives
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Plummeting NHS funding Rising running costs Lifeline services at risk

Short Lives Can't Wait

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If you are caring for a child with a serious illness and need help or advice, or just someone to talk to, our helpline and family support hub is here for you.

Short Lives Can't Wait

Amid plummeting NHS funding and rising costs, our children’s hospices are at a turning point. Without urgent action, they will be forced to cut services including respite and end of life care.

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You can help

We’re calling on the next UK Government to make sure that children’s hospices and palliative care services are properly funded so that children and families can get the care they need. This will be the last general election many seriously ill children will see, so we have one chance to get it right for them. Sign our letter to the next Prime Minister, because Short Lives Can’t Wait.

We are here if you need support

If you are parent or carer who looks after or knows a child or young person expected to have a short life, we’re here to help.

Call us on 0808 8088 100

We are here to support professionals caring for seriously ill children, young people and families

We support all the professionals who are there for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. We bring professionals together, share practice and offer resources and tools to support your work with children and families.

We need your help

Please give your money, your time or your voice, and help us change lives. Together we will make a lifetime of difference for children with short lives, helping every family get the very best care and support, every step of their journey – no matter how short.

Helping us get the best out of life

Two-year-old Elijah is unable to walk, talk or see, making ‘normal’ family life a challenge. For Children’s Hospice Week his mum shared what an incredible impact their local service makes on their lives, as “somewhere where you don’t have to worry about fitting in.”

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