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On Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, & Sunday 27th November, The Gardens are open from 10am - 2pm with last entry at 12.30.


The Lost Gardens of Heligan are very proud to sponsor Children’s Hospice South West.

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) has three children’s hospices in the region including Little Harbour in St Austell which has been open for 10 years.

Little Harbour supports more than 145 local children who have a diagnosis meaning that it’s unlikely they will live into adulthood, and their families.

Little Harbour is a place where families can visit to relax and recharge their batteries. Time consuming care routines can be handed over to the multi-disciplinary care teams allowing parents the chance to catch up on sleep, spend time with each other and with their other children.

Reflecting on the care Little Harbour gives, one mum said; “Little Harbour offers us support that no-one else can. Their support enables us to step back a little from time to time. They offer us the breather we need in order to be fit to step up again, recharged and resilient.”

The hospice also has a dedicated sibling team to provide much needed support and activities for the siblings, many of whom play active roles in caring for their brother or sister and have very different home lives to their friends.

Support for families continues through bereavement and beyond with many families staying in touch for years and having long lasting relationships with the hospice.

One bereaved mum spoke about the team at Little Harbour as being like family; “The fact that they are still there for us now, we can pick up the phone 24 hours a day when we are having a tough time and they are there. They support us as a whole family it’s holistic wrap-around care. They are like family to us now.”

Little Harbour has everything a family could need on their break; a soft play room, an arts and crafts room, a jacuzzi, as well as a kitchen team that provides children and families with nutritious home cooked meals during their stay.

The gardens at Little Harbour are loved by families and staff alike. With accessible play equipment for brothers and sisters to use together, as well as lots of space to run around, let off steam or ride bikes. There are also relaxing areas such as Robin’s Song - the bird hide, the ebb and flow garden and Mermaid’s Cove – Little Harbour’s very own sensory garden.

It costs over £3 million to run Little Harbour each year, the majority of which is raised through voluntary donations.

If you have a fundraising request, please click here to fill in our donation request form then attach it to an e-mail to [email protected]. Please note that we receive a number of requests each day and although we try to help out as much as we can, we are not always able to help.

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