Together for Short Lives
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Making a lifetime of difference for children expected to have short lives.


We are the UK’s leading charity for the 49,000 children living with life-limiting conditions, and their families. We are here to ensure that no child or family
is ever left behind when it comes to getting vital care and support.

How we make a difference

Our work is changing lives

Hearing the news that your child is going to die young is heart-breaking. Together with everyone who provides care and support to families, we are changing lives, so children and families can get the right support and make the most of every moment together.

Our campaign work pays dividends

We’re delighted that NHS England has recognised children’s palliative care as an important priority in its new long-term plan, following our #fundnotfail campaign. We’re now working to make sure this leads to proper funding for children’s palliative care services as well.

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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.

Help us help families like the Hadmans

No family should face the heart-break of knowing their child will die young alone. Families don’t know what the future may hold and can feel isolated and lonely. Your support can allow us to help families like the Hadmans, who lost their daughter Effie to Late Infantile Batten disease when she was just six. “Together for Short Lives was there for us, when we felt lost,” says her mum Carly.

Effie and Carly Hadman

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