Family of young man with life-shortening condition thanks hospice for its work

Lee Clark has been going to St Oswald's for 13 years.
Lee Clark has been going to St Oswald's for 13 years.

A family from Hebburn have turned up the volume this week to thank a children’s hospice for their support.

Hospices across the country have been taking part in Children’s Hospice week.

Among those participating has been St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice, in Gosforth, Newcastle, which treats Lee Clark, 23, from Hebburn.

Lee has used the children and young adults service at St Oswald’s for 13 years, which is more than any other person.

The hospice provides a short break service for children and young adults aged up to 25 with life-shortening conditions.

This week’s them was ‘turn up the volume’, and as part of that, storytellers from Seven Stories brought some magic to families supported by the service with a special performance, adapted from the book ‘Too Noisy’ by Malachy Doyle and Ed Vere.

Lee’s mum, Donna, says the hospice is vital to them.

She said: “The hospice is a lifeline and keeps our head above water.

“Lee stays at the hospice for five nights a month which gives me, his main carer, a break.

“Lee gets a lot out of coming to the hospice – he gets all his therapies, including physiotherapy, and he loves the Jacuzzi baths!

“He just loves being around people, and coming to the hospice means he is around his peers.”

Beth Coverdale, learning co-ordinator at Seven Stories, said: “Working with St Oswald’s on the Start Hospices programme is hugely rewarding.

“It is fantastic to see the impact immersive arts experiences can have on children and young people.”

To donate to St Oswald’s, text the word ‘HOSPICE’ to 70300 to donate £10.