Together for Short Lives


Together for Short Lives

Together for Short Lives is here for the 99,000 families up and down the UK caring for a seriously ill child and the children’s hospices who provide lifeline care and support.

The pain of hearing that your child will die young is unimaginable for most of us, but for the families this charity supports, it is the heart-breaking reality that families face. Families like Effie’s, who were sent home from the hospital to come to terms with a life-altering diagnosis and the knowledge that their precious daughter would die young, with only an information leaflet and all their fears of what the future would hold for their little girl. Together for Short Lives provides vital support so that families like theirs don’t have to suffer through their child’s short life alone and can instead treasure every moment they have together.




Our partnership with Center Parcs is all about family. We stand together to give seriously ill children and their families the chance to spend quality time together and make precious memories that will last a lifetime. It means the world to children’s hospice services up and down the UK, who work tirelessly to support families caring for a seriously ill child. We’re thrilled to continue to work together to help more children and families make the most of their precious time together.” Andy Fletcher, Chief Executive, Together for Short Lives


Helping children’s hospices in our communities

Families of seriously ill children are pushed to their limits every day. Their local children’s hospice gives them the time and space they need to make special memories that last a lifetime – the chance to be parents, not carers. At the same time, children’s hospices are struggling to meet demand, as the number of seriously ill children in the UK is growing, meaning more families are having to cope alone.

Children’s hospices must not be pushed to their limits. Our partnership raises vital funds for the UK’s 54 children’s hospices, as well as linking each village with their local children’s hospice to make an impact directly in the communities where staff live and work through fundraising and volunteering opportunities.

Our partnered hospices are:

Making a difference together

Our partnership began in 2016 and has grown from strength to strength with a shared passion for creating quality family time. Through staff fundraising and guest donations, together we have raised an incredible £1.5m for seriously ill children and their families. 



Creating special memories

We also donate 25 short breaks to Together for Short Lives each year for families to enjoy special times together. Hear from families who have benefitted from these breaks below.

"In a world where most things are a battle, our Center Parcs break meant the world"

Every day can feel like a struggle when you’re caring for a seriously ill child. Thankfully, our charity partner Together for Short Lives is there to support families every step of the way. Families like William’s, who were able to enjoy the gift of time with a special Center Parcs break.

"When you have a child with a life-limiting condition, you haven’t got time on your side"

When Emily was born with a severe heart condition, doctors told mum Val to take her home and make the most of what precious time they had together. Four years later, Emily is still smiling, playing and making friends with everyone she meets. Their Center Parcs break allowed Emily to experience some of the magical childhood experiences that Val is determined to fill her short life with.


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