Brian House provides specialist care and support for babies, children and young people who have a life-limiting condition. We are a local – not regional - hospice, which makes us quite unusual and means that every child we support lives right here in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

Children can be referred to us from 0 – 16 years old, though we can provide care for young people up until their 25th birthday.

At any one time we are involved in the care of about 80 local youngsters, and their families can use our wide range of services completely free of charge.

It surprises some people to hear that we are a charity! We get very little money from the Department of Health and rely on the generosity of our local community to raise over £1million a year to keep our doors open.

Brian House is an amazing place – full of surprises. Our facilities include:

  • A multi-sensory room offering stimulation and relaxation
  • Music therapy
  • Craft room bursting with colour, paints and artistic play
  • Cinema screen in our teenage lounge
  • Computer room with eye-gaze computer technology
  • Sensory garden
  • Outside play area, specially adapted for wheelchairs
  • Marshmallow themed kitchen where children can bake and we can all eat together
  • Four Individually themed bedrooms: the circus, under the sea, a pirate ship and Britannia!
  • A separate apartment with two en-suite bedrooms, lounge area and dining kitchen so families can stay with us

Meeting individual needs

We try and tailor our care around a child’s particular needs – because everyone is different! We take into account each family’s situation too, and can offer several different types of support, which is regularly reviewed by our team:

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Respite care

Many of the children using Brian House require around the clock care and often can’t be looked after by family or friends because of the complexity of their condition. Respite with us gives parents the chance to have a break and cope with the physical and emotional strain – and unpredictability - of having a child with multiple complex needs. Many say they value the opportunity to ‘feel like a normal family’ and do some of the things other people take for granted, knowing their child is being well cared for at Brian House.

Our fantastic range of facilities provides children and young people with a chance to try different activities and enjoy social interaction with staff, volunteers and other children. We find they look forward to spending time with us.

Brian House offers both day care and overnight care and we are open seven days a week.

What is palliative care?

Palliative care at a hospice focuses not on cure, but on comfort and quality of life. This includes the management of symptoms, provision of short breaks for respite and continuing family support through death and bereavement.

Lana loves Brian House - for her Brian House is a chance to be normal.

End of life care

Sometimes we support our families through the final days and hours of their child’s life. It’s a difficult time, but we focus on comfort and dignity through the management of pain and other symptoms, and the provision of psychological, social and practical support for the child and their family.

Bereaved families can use our Butterfly Suite. It’s a private and peaceful bedroom, lounge and adjoining garden – a space where families can take the time they need to say goodbye to their child. Families using the suite can bring their child’s toys, belongings and photos to make this room personal to them.

The Butterfly Suite is available to all families on the Fylde Coast whose child has died, even if the child has not used Brian House services previously. We work closely with the hospital, who may refer a bereaved family to us.

In addition, we can refer siblings and parents to our Linden Centre for bereavement support and counselling.

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