Helen & Douglas House
Wallace & Gromit's Children's Charity provided Helen & Douglas House with a grant to fund the Elephant Club - a Sibling Support Programme. Having a brother or sister with a life-limiting illness can be difficult for a sibling to come to terms with. The club provides children and young adults with the opportunity to take part in fun activities, as well as time for them to think and talk about their experiences of having a sibling who is ill or passed away.
When Mabel and Evie's Mum, Elizabeth, gave birth to their sister Beatrice, medical staff found that her brain hadn't formed properly. Beatrice had to be fed through a tube whilst dependent on oxygen and was reffered to Helen House for respite care. Sadly, shortly before her first birthday, Beatrice passed away.
This greatly effected Mabel and Evie as they had been so excited to have a little sister to look after. It was suggested that the girls attend the Elephant Club at Helen & Douglas House. The support sessions helped Mabel and Evie share their thoughts and feelings with others who have been through similar situations.
The friends that Mabel and Evie have made have played an important part in the grieving process for the girls. Elizabeth told us: "One day, the girls came home from Elephant Club and said to me 'we met a girl today and she's got a sister in heaven as well.' It was great for them to see that they are not alone."