Hummingbird House helps children with life-limiting conditions, and their families. We provide respite (short break stays) and care at the end of life. Our much needed services are free. Since opening in late 2016 we have supported over 120 families.
Now, Hummingbird House needs to grow, and help more families who need us.
We need your help to provide moments that last a lifetime.
Like a moment when 5 year old Maddy played in the bath with her little brother Mason for the first time in years. Maddy lives with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and a suspected autoimmune encephalitis. Maddy’s mum says:
The look on their faces as they splashed in the water with the colour changing lights, giggling and moving to the beats, is a memory that will stay with us forever. For the first time in a very long time, Madelyn and Mason were able to enjoy something that most young siblings do together but had been impossible for us up until that moment.
Or the moment sisters Zoey and Anya played in the pool together. Zoey’s condition means she is unable to sit, use her hands purposefully, talk or eat and she suffers from chronic chest infections and uncontrolled seizures. Their mum Sarah reminisces:
Anya and Zoey love the water and spent ages in the Hummingbird House pool just floating and cuddling. Watching them enjoy the pool together is a beautiful memory that I’ll always cherish. We don’t know how long we will have with Zoey, but we want that time to be filled with as much joy, humour and affection as possible.
Or the moment Brad and Mel had to say goodbye to their adored 2 year old son Cody. Cody was born prematurely, with hydrocephalus, spastic quadriplegia and an inoperable brain cyst. Cody’s mum remembers:
The team took away some of our sadness and grief. They took care of us, and the almost 30 other people who came to support us and say their goodbye to Cody. Nothing was too big or small. We felt like we were home. Everyone thought ahead to what we would need, and made us all feel so comfortable. Our family and friends were involved in art projects creating memories of Cody. This gave us time to just be with Cody.
These moments are just three of the reasons Hummingbird House must continue to grow. There are 3,700 children living with life-limiting conditions in Queensland. Children and families who need to make every moment count. They need Hummingbird House. We need you.