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© 2021 Children's Hospices Across Scotland

Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (known as CHAS) is a Scottish charity, SC019724, regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

CHAS is a company limited by guarantee and is registered in Scotland, SC136410. VAT Registration number 214 8303 34.

Registered Office: Head Office, Canal Court, 42 Craiglockhart Avenue, Edinburgh EH14 1LT.

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“Each time we returned to Rachel House I would breathe a sigh of relief as we walked through the front doors and our bags were lifted out of our hands. 

We were always made to feel so welcome.” 

- Jenny, Blake's mum

No family should have to face the death of their child alone.

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will bring peace. 
Your kindness will pay for bereavement support for the whole family. Your gift would provide a vital lifeline for families grieving the death of their child.

will bring happiness. 
Your kindness will pay for a few hours of expert nursing care at a family's home, giving parents a well-deserved break and the chance to just be parents for a while, not carers.

will bring laughter. 
Your generous gift will pay for an activities coordinator to run a half day of online activity sessions with families across Scotland, keeping little hands and little minds busy.

I care! 
I will show love to every family facing the death of their child. 

Will you keep the joy alive for every dying child?

Your support will provide care for dying children and their families across Scotland. Whoever they are, wherever they need help, we believe that no family should face the death of their child alone. 

But right now, CHAS can't be there for every family who needs help. 

You can change that. Join thousands of kind and caring people across Scotland, and donate to CHAS today. Together, we will make sure that no family will be left to face the death of their child alone.

Yes! I care! 

I will make sure no family has to face the death of their child alone.

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Blake's story

Our amazing little boy Blake was born in March 2012. But instead of being placed into my loving arms he was rushed away for tests after doctors detected something was seriously wrong. Blake was diagnosed with a very rare genetic condition called MECP2 duplication syndrome. Blake would never walk, talk, sit up or feed himself. He would always be battling his illness.

Just before Blake's first birthday, he became very ill. As time went on his health deteriorated further. At just three-and-a-half years old he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee before being moved to Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh.

I was told my beautiful little boy would now require end of life care. I was devastated.

Thanks to your loving care, this is when CHAS stepped in to help my family. Despite our heartache, it was so comforting to know that we weren’t alone. Knowing that CHAS were standing with us helped us see that as a family, we could face anything coming our way. 

At Rachel House we could play and have fun. We could be parents, not carers. We could create memories with Blake that would last a lifetime. Can you imagine what this meant for our family?


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When Blake was seven, his condition suddenly deteriorated. We took him to Rachel House for the last time. Blake’s condition continued to deteriorate and we made the heart-breaking decision to turn off his life support. We were there with him at the end, thanks to you. At Rachel House he was comfortable, and cared for by kind CHAS doctors and nurses. 

The whole family stayed with him, cuddling him and holding his wee hand. 58 hours later, on 8 February 2020, he very peacefully and serenely slipped away. He was only seven years old. 

Thanks to your loving care, CHAS gives families the strength to find joy and happiness in the face of death, and make the most of every moment they have with their beloved children.

But CHAS can’t be there for every family who needs them. There are still so many families like mine, facing the death of their child alone. I can’t imagine how desperately difficult that must be. That’s why I’m asking you to please give a gift today, so CHAS can be there for more families like mine. Thank you.

The joy YOU give