Martin House Hospice
Martin House Hospice for Children and Young People serves families from all over Yorkshire. Opening in 1987 with nine children’s bedrooms, in 2002, it opened a second house known as Whitby Lodge to care for teenagers and young adults. Currently these facilities are used to support over 340 families, with a further 120 in receipt of bereavement support.
Martin House and Whitby Lodge offer respite care to families where there is a child suffering from a life-limiting condition. The care team provide medical, practical and emotional support not only to the affected child, but also to parents and siblings. As well as caring for children in the hospice, members of the care team also support families in their own homes. Even after a child has died, help is provided in terms of bereavement care for the family members.
The vision of Martin House became a reality thanks to the dedication of the Venerable Richard M C Seed, Archdeacon of York, and to the generosity of thousands of people who raised money. The hospice was formally opened by the Duchess of Kent in 1987. The founding Head Nurse, Lenore Hill, was appointed one year prior to the opening. This meant that right from the start she played an integral role in shaping the development of Martin House to fully meet the needs of the children and their families.
The impact on a family in which there is a child with a life limiting illness is difficult to imagine, but the hospice is committed to being alongside the children and families in as flexible a way as possible. Having worked collaboratively with many different families over the years, the care team has been able to develop and fine-tune what can be offered and ultimately to expand the range of services.
These services are provided to the families free of charge. With very little statutory funding available, Martin House is largely funded by voluntary donations.
For more information please visit www.martinhouse.org.uk
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has been Patron of Martin House Hospice since 2006.