Every day, children are diagnosed with serious and life-threatening illnesses or have terrible accidents that leave them fighting for life. They often have to be transferred to specialist hospitals far from home to receive critical medical treatment. Life for their whole family is suddenly thrown into complete turmoil.

The Sick Children’s Trust helps to alleviate some of the emotional and financial strains at a very stressful time. The charity has ten ‘Homes from Home’ providing an essential service free of charge for up to 146 families every night, 365 days a year.

Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice has a 15 bed in patient unit and provides residential services for people aged 18 and over who have been referred to us by a healthcare professional. We have a day centre which offers a number of services such a blood transfusions, lymphodema, and complimentary therapies. We're also the base for the Bedfordshire Partnership for Excellence in Palliative Services which co-ordinates care services for palliative care patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.