Claire House Children’s Hospice was named after a brave little girl called Claire Cain who died from a tumour behind her nose and eye. Her family share how they are keeping her memory alive this July, for what would have been her 40th birthday.

After Claire died, the Cain family were desperate that other families would not have to go through what they did without more help and support.

The family, supported by friends and the local community, fundraised tirelessly to raise enough money to build Claire House to take care of other seriously and terminally ill children. After almost a decade, Claire House Children’s Hospice opened its doors to local children for the first time. It was the moment Chris and Bobby Cain had dreamed of.

Since then, hundreds of children and their families have been cared for at the hospice but, two decades on, Claire House can no longer cope with the demand for its services. There are currently over 200 local children who are not getting the support they, and their families, need.

“We’re so proud of what Claire House has achieved so far but we need to do more. No family should have to go through what we went through,” said Chris.

“Had she lived, Claire would have turned 40 this year. I find it heart-breaking that all these years later there are still local families who aren’t getting the support they need. Claire House has helped so many families to create happy, positive memories in the most dreadful circumstances but we need to raise more money to reach more children.”

To mark what would have been Claire’s 40th birthday, her family and friends have set out to raise £40,000 for Claire House – the 40 for 40 campaign.

Please act now, your support can make all the difference.

Bright & Beautiful Ball

On 27th July, Claire’s family are hosting the Bright and Beautiful Ball to celebrate her 40th birthday.

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Claire’s Story

Read how Claire’s bravery inspired her family and friends to build Claire House.

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