The outstanding care provided to children with life-limited conditions and the quality of the facilities at Christopher’s hospice in Guildford left a lasting impression on Dr Llewelyn following her visit.
Christopher’s hospice is one of two purpose-built children’s hospices that the charity Shooting Star Children’s Hospices (SSCH) runs in Surrey. It supports and cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and provides various counselling, therapies and support groups for family members.
Refurbished in 2017, Christopher’s includes nine children’s bedrooms, five family flats, a sensory room, hydrotherapy pool, arts and crafts room, cinema room, sensory garden, den for teenagers and a soft play area.
SSCH CEO Paul Farthing hosted the High Sheriff’s tour, where she met the care team and some of the children and young people and learned about the services SSCH provides and its plans.
Dr Llewelyn said: “I was impressed to hear the hospice’s plans, which include increasing their level of community-based support for children and their families with life-limiting conditions.”