Together for Short Lives

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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 they face. Together for Short Lives provides vital support so that families don’t have to suffer through their child’s short life alone and can instead treasure every moment they have together.

We’ve been privileged to be partnered with Together for Short Lives since 2016 and we have committed to continue supporting them until April 2027, taking our partnership to 10 years in total. Through the support of our amazing staff and guests, we’ve already raised £1.7m for this fantastic cause, which has had a huge impact on the families supported by Together for Short Lives and children’s hospices.


Spending time with those you love and making memories together is at the heart of everything we do at Center Parcs and that is especially true for families caring for seriously ill children, because the time they have together is heartbreakingly short. We are so proud to work with Together for Short Lives, supporting their work with the incredible hospices across the UK, and we look forward to raising even more vital funds and welcoming more families to our villages over the coming years.” Colin McKinlay, CEO, Center Parcs


We are incredibly grateful to the Center Parcs team for all they’ve done, and continue to do, for the families we support. For them, life is incredibly hard. Going out together, doing things that other families take for granted, is a luxury they simply don’t have when they’re caring for their child 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That’s why our partnership is so vital – it means that families can go to their local hospices and Center Parcs villages to enjoy time together and create memories they’ll treasure forever.” 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:


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Creating special memories

Every year, we donate 25 short breaks to Together for Short Lives so that families they support can enjoy special times together. Since our partnership began, more than 100 families have benefitted from these breaks. Hear from some of those families 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.

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"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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