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Jessie May - Children's Hospice at Home

Jessie May is a Children's Hospice at home. When families hear the devastating news that their child is not expected to live they go into free fall, and our Nurses catch them. We provide respite care, end of life care and bereavement support for 5 years after a childs death, all in the safety of the family home.

www.jessiemay.org.uk Fundraise for us

0117 958 2174

Registered charity no. 1086048

Member since July 2021

About us

Jessie May works in the homes of the families we support, we have no physical hospice, we travel so that the children don't have to. Our Nurses are currently supporting 190 families in Bristol, North Somerset, Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Swindon & Wiltshire.

Every hour with a Jessie May nurse provides something amazing:

Smiles - Every child deserves the chance to play and have fun, including those with terminal and life-limiting conditions. Respite visits give children a chance to play and interact as well as giving parents a much-needed break. Along with medical care, a visit from a Jessie May nurse provides smiles all round!

Comfort - Jessie May nurses provide a light during the darkest of times. They help families plan for the death of their child and provide bereavement support for up to five-years afterwards.

Expertise - If parents wish it, we will help them keep their child at home during the end of their life, by providing highly intensive, specialist care. We also help families plan for end of life, so that they’ve had a chance to think about what they want, including which medical interventions should or shouldn’t be used in the lead up to their child’s death.

Encouragement - We provide support and encouragement to families, including helping with concerns or questions about their child’s condition or care or signposting them to local groups or services that can help. Since the pandemic, we’ve adapted the way we work so that we can support those families we’re unable to visit; support calls to make sure families are coping and video chats to keep in touch with children. This means a child can have some outside stimulation and have the continuity of still seeing their Jessie May nurse, even if they are being shielded.

To provide this vital care, it costs £1,023,285 per year to keep Jessie May running, that works out at £65 for every hour of a nurse’s time.

Could you help buy the most precious thing of all , time with a Jessie May Nurse.

£65 for an hour of precious time

£195 – the average cost of a respite visit with one nurse

£390 – a respite visit involving two nurses

£2047 a day to have all our nurses out in the community visiting families that need a helping hand caring for their child or receiving bereavement support.

£3132 for the entire running of our care team for a day. Not only will this pay for our Nurses who provide the care to our families during the week, but it will also pay for the administration support and costs associated with providing this care (fuel costs for example).

The average cost to support one family for a year - £9,000

And finally, it costs on average £30,000 to fund one of our Nurses for a whole year, supporting up to 10 families at the time they need it most.

Could you buy an hour, a visit, a day, or a year. Any support you can offer would be truly appreciated, you will be making a real difference to real people.