What is Martin House?
Martin House is a Children’s Hospice which provides care and support to families who have a child or young person who has a shortened life expectancy and is not expected to live into adulthood.
Where is the Martin House?
We are situated in Boston Spa, in a six-acre plot, near to the market town of Wetherby.
What services does Martin House offer to children and families?
Our highly specialist care team look after children with a vast range of complex medical needs and we offer support to the whole family. Families and children can be reassured that there is a high level of specialised and experienced staff, who can look after the children and young people staying at the hospice, and where appropriate at home. We currently offer short respite breaks, community support, bereavement support, symptom control and end of life treatment and care.
Who works at the hospice to support families?
The hospice has its own team of doctors who are available during the day and operate an on call system to ensure 24 hour cover and Martin House has two Paediatric Palliative Care Consultants. These are senior children’s doctors who specialise in alleviating the symptoms, but not curing the condition.
There are always nurses on each shift, along with other team members with varied skills and expertise, who can ensure that all needs of the child or young person can be met. The team have the experience and the skills to look after children with a range of needs, including those with complex care needs.
We have music therapists and artists in residence on our care team.
Martin House has a chaplain who can help out with any prayers or services you might like to arrange, or questions relating to spirituality that you might have. A reflective space/chapel is available within the grounds.
We also have a clinical psychologist.
Who can refer a child to Martin House?
Anyone can refer a child or young person for support. The child must be between 0 and 19 years of age on first referral.
How many children can stay at the Martin House?
Martin House has nine bedrooms; seven for planned admission and two for emergencies. Each child is allocated their own room for their stay. All bedrooms are equipped for all children, including those with complex needs. Our teenage unit, Whitby Lodge, has six en-suite bedrooms, five for planned stays and one for emergency stays. As with the house, all bedrooms are equipped to meet the needs of the teenagers and young adults.
Martin House has two end of life rooms and the Lodge has one.
What is an end of life room?
Our end of life rooms are self-contained rooms that parents can stay in after their child has passed away. The child will stay in a special room adjoined to the parents so that they feel close to them. Parents can stay here until the funeral giving family and friends the opportunity to visit at any time. Our staff are also on hand to help the family with any funeral arrangements.
Does Martin House offer support in the community?
We have a small community team who can offer support to a small number of children in their own home or in hospital.
Is there a charge to families using Martin House?
No. There is no charge to families to use Martin House.
What facilities does Martin House have for its families?
At the hospice we have a music room, play room, sensory room, art area, multimedia recreation room (The Den) and Jacuzzi. Martin House is situated in beautiful grounds, carefully tended by our team of volunteers.
Is smoking permitted in the hospice?
Smoking is not permitted within the house or Whitby Lodge. A gazebo is in the grounds for those who wish to smoke.
What are the arrival and departure times?
Whether families are coming to stay in the house or the Lodge the booking system works in the same way. We ask for families to arrive after 4pm and to leave before 1.30pm on their day of departure.
What should a family bring?
We provide bedding and towels. Families need to bring clothes, toiletries and all the equipment, feed and medicines required for the stay. All medicines should be clearly labelled and in original packets.
What geographical area does Martin House cover?
We cover all of North, West and East Yorkshire
What does it cost to run Martin House?
It costs over £5.5 million a year to provide this vital service to families in the region.
Does Martin House receive any government funding?
Martin House receives 24% funding towards the cost of its charitable activities (2014-15 figures).
How many families does Martin House support?
Martin House currently looks after over 420 families and 150 bereaved families.
How can I help Martin House?
You can help us by volunteering, fundraising, donating second hand items to our shops, making a donation, joining our lottery, attending one of our events or just telling others about us and spreading the word about our work.
I would like to donate to Martin House via cheque, who should I make it payable to?
You can make your cheque payable to Martin House Children’s Hospice.
How do I go about volunteering for Martin House?
Martin House has over 250 active volunteers and we wouldn’t be able to do the work that we do without our volunteers. Our volunteers work on reception, in the kitchen, in the garden and a large number volunteer in our shops. To register as a volunteer at Martin House please click here.
Where are the Martin House charity shops?
We have 10 shops throughout Yorkshire, selling second hand goods and small items of furniture. Their locations are:
Acomb, Boston Spa, Harrogate, Headingley, Ilkley, Selby, Shipley, Skipton, Wetherby, and Yeadon. We also have a warehouse and showroom at Thorp Arch.
How can I donate my second hand goods to Martin House?
If you would like to donate clothes or small household items you can drop your bags off at any of our ten charity shops or you could bring them to our donation shed at the hospice in Boston Spa. Larger items and furniture can be collected by our van team. Call 01937 844569 to arrange this.