Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson meets former Maricourt pu

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson meets Claire House Children’s Hospice fundraiser Lynn Taylor.


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson heard from a former Maricourt High pupil about the good work that Claire House Children's Hospice does for children and families from throughout Merseyside.

Lynn Taylor is a fundraiser for the children's charity. The 31-year-old grew up in Aintree Village.

She has worked at Claire House for two year and is determined to raise awareness of the excellent work that Claire House does for children throughout Merseyside.

The children's hospice was opened in 1998 after a campaign by Claire Louise Cain's family. Claire died in 1989 just two weeks before her 10th birthday after a two year battle with cancer.

Claire's family identified a need for a service to provide care for children with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Lynn told Bill: "Claire House has been open for 15 years now, but because it is located in Wirral, many people on this side of the river don't realise that it actually looks after children from throughout Merseyside. They don't realise what great work Claire House does for children and families here in Sefton.

"To raise awareness of Claire House's work is one of my key aims.

"The hospice doesn't just look after the children, but it provides respite care for the whole family. It is a vital service for so many people.

"When a child is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it can be very tough for brothers and sisters. So we provide services to give siblings support too.

"It's about making sure the whole family gets help during what is a very difficult time for all of them.

"And that is not just support throughout the period of the illness, but also bereavement support for however long it is needed."

Lynn told Bill that Claire House wouldn't be able to provide the care and support for terminally ill children and their families if it wasn't for the support of the general public.

Lynn said: "It costs £6,500 a day to keep Claire House open. We only get funding from the government to keep us open 10 weeks a year. For the rest of that time we depend on donations from the public.

"People need to know about Claire House and how important the centre is. It really deserves all of our support, particularly as it provides so much care for people right here in Sefton and throughout the North West.

"But to ensure that Claire House can continue, people need to know about the centre and the fabulous work it does. So I hope that we can raise awareness here in Sefton and throughout the region.

"It is a fantastic hospice and a great charity, which deserves all the support we can all give it."

Bill said Claire House deserved recognition and support for the valuable work it does.

Bill said: "It was fascinating to meet Lynn and hear about the fantastic work that Claire House Children's Hospice does.

"I know there are young people and their families from right here in Sefton Central who have benefited from the hospice.

"Claire House needs to raise £2.5million each year just to keep running. That means they need the support of all of us to continue helping young people who are in need.

"The services provided at Claire House aren't just the respite care, but children and young person's palliative care, end of life care, hospice to home services, bereavement support and counselling and alternative complimentary therapies. The kind of care and services that children and their families need when they need them most.

"It is great that we have Lynn, who is someone from right here in Sefton Central who is dedicating her life to help Claire House.

"I would like to thank Lynn, all of the staff and volunteers at Claire House for all the work they do."

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