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A House Called HelenThe Development of Hospice Care for Children$
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Jacqueline Worswick

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780192632357

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632357.001.0001

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The Vision Becomes Reality

The Vision Becomes Reality

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A House Called Helen

Jacqueline Worswick

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Richard, Frances, and Jacqueline began work immediately on the appeal leaflet. Fund-raising for Helen House began in 1980. The local Oxford newspapers printed their first articles about the proposed hospice in the summer of 1980. These articles bore a number of different headlines: ‘Child inspires plan for care of chronically ill’; ‘Nuns launch appeal for hospice cash’. It was with this in mind that Frances travelled far and wide, talking to schools, clubs, and small groups of all sorts about Helen House. Sister Benedicta, Frances's friend, was also a catalyst in the development of Helen House. Mike Garside, Sister Benedicta's first recruit to the Helen House staff, coordinated fund-raising, publicity, planning, and administrative matters. The building was opened by H.R.H. The Duchess of Kent on 30 November 1982.

Keywords:   Richard Worswick, Mother Frances Dominica, Helen House, fund-raising, Duchess of Kent

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