The vision of Martin House became a reality thanks to the dedication of the Venerable Richard MC Seed, Archdeacon of York, and to the generosity of thousands of people who raised money. The hospice was formally opened by the Duchess of Kent in 1987. The founding Head Nurse, Lenore Hill, was appointed one year prior to the opening. This meant that right from the start she played an integral role in shaping the development of Martin House to fully meet the needs of the children and their families.
The aim of Martin House is to provide family led care for children with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses. It is a place where children, young people and their families can come to stay and find support, rest and practical help. It is a place of love and understanding, a peaceful place but one that can have a lively, friendly atmosphere full of fun and laughter, where children and their families can enjoy the best quality of life.
Their role is to ensure that in everything they do, they place the family at the centre and value each member of the family as individuals with their own needs. Martin House acknowledges and respects the expertise of the parents as the main carers of their sick child. They recognise the prime importance of listening to the children, young people and their families and realise that they are a resource in helping to make well informed choices about care, treatment and end of life issues. They strive to be as flexible as possible and adapt to the needs of the individual child and their family including accommodation for both parents and siblings.
Stephen went along to present a cheque on behalf of ubu to Martin House. His Enabling team have been supporting him to access local services and to get involved with raising money for charities as he wants to help, even if it’s just a small way, to give a little back to his community.