Brian House Children s Hospice
Brian House is our specialist unit within Trinity Hospice specialising in palliative care for children. It is a fully equipped children’s hospice, not a holiday centre, and caters entirely for children who live on Fylde Coast. As one of only a handful of local children’s hospices in the UK it currently supports over 80 families.
We opened Brian House in December 1996 to provide a specialist children’s service under the umbrella of Trinity. We provide care and a ‘home from home’ environment for children and young adults from within the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre areas who have life threatening and/or life limiting conditions.
Brian House meets complex needs, providing support for the family and care for children who will not be cured of their illness. Our respite care, which we provide at regular intervals, gives families the opportunity to experience times of relief and normality. When a child’s life is limited it puts enormous pressure on every member of the family as they try to cope with the emotional, practical and financial implications. It can be really hard for brothers and sisters too, so for all the family, Brian House is a support mechanism.
It s an amazing place. The kitchen is a hive of activity and with its sweet shop colour theme and giant marshmallow decorations looks good enough to eat! Each of our four bedrooms has a theme, with one specially designed for our teenagers. The lounge areas are spacious enough for group music therapy, and for informal play and relaxation.
Our sensory room and corridor are an adventure of colour, light and sounds. Enter the craft room at your own risk: you’ll probably leave covered in paint and glitter!
Brian House is here when families need us most, and sometimes relationships develop over many years, enabling us to take huge delight in watching our children grow.
Care is provided free of charge to children who need it, but it costs over £1 million a year to run Brian House and we get only a small amount of money from the Government. That’s why the generosity of people on the Fylde Coast is vital. Without voluntary donations Brian House could not be here for the families who need us, and without Brian House, where would they turn?