We are Children’s Hospices Across Scotland, and we like to be known as CHAS. For over twenty years we have been caring for families and their babies, children and young people by offering palliative care, family respite and support.
During this time we have built two hospices, developed our outreach service, CHAS at Home and established a presence in hospitals. However, at the heart of all this is our absolute commitment to supporting children and families when they need it most.
Knowing that your child may die before you do, is the unthinkable reality that thousands of families across Scotland have to cope with every day. Each week, three children die in Scotland from an incurable condition.
CHAS is dedicated to supporting every single member of these families as they face the toughest challenge of their lives.
We are committed to making sure that no matter how short their time together may be, it is a time filled with happiness and fun.
We make sure children have the opportunity for experiences they cannot have elsewhere, to sparkle, to laugh, to smile and to have those memorable moments of joy – moments that will be treasured forever.
This is a really challenging journey. It relies on the trust, courage and love of the families with whom we work, the dedication, compassion and expertise of our team, and the professionalism of our partners from across health and care services. Along the way something truly amazing happens, because in the pain of terrible grief, joy lives on.
We are dedicated to helping families celebrate the lives of their children whilst they are together – and to honour their memory after they are dead.
Today, CHAS can only reach one in three of the families across Scotland who need our support. We are determined to reach them all. And that means, quite simply, that we need to raise more money. Only then can we keep the joy alive for every family as they face the hardest challenge of all.
CHAS aims to:
- Reach By transforming the way we deliver care, we will reach more babies, children and young people with palliative care needs across Scotland.
- People By attracting, developing, supporting and retaining staff and volunteers of the highest quality, we will be able to offer the highest standards of care throughout Scotland.
- Growth Our fundraising activity will generate the increased income required to realise our ambition and our improved support infrastructure will ensure we make the best use of our resources.
- Influence Our work in research, advocacy and education will inform improvements in paediatric palliative care. This, in turn, will benefit children with life shortening conditions and their families.
Established: February 1992
Board members: 11
Full time staff: 193
Part time staff: 77
Phone number: 07484000363
Address: Canal Court, 42 Craiglockhart Avenue, Edinburgh EH14 1LTView charity accounts on the Scottish Charity Commission website