Community members come together to support local charity The Donna Louise


Last year The Donna Louise cared for 242 families, delivering 1524 nights of respite care and 1077 hours of support for families in their homes or those in hospital.

The Donna Louise provides care for children and young people at the end of their lives.

They also offer counselling and bereavement care for family members.

However, this is only a tiny part of what The Donna Louise do, their main aim is to enable families to live the life they want to live. 

The Hospice is located in Trentham and is a charity which is close to many local’s hearts.

The charity takes its name from a young local girl, Donna Louise Hackney, who sadly died from a life limiting condition at the age of 16.

The Donna Louise has recently launched #SoNotTrue campaign, aiming to dispel myths associated with the charity that cares for young people with life limiting illnesses.

Glamorous Staffordshire-born soap star, Rachel Shenton, plays an active part in supporting the Hospice.

As well as officially opening the Charity’s Superstore “Your Shop”, she supports the annual 10K and 5K Charity Fun Run.

Rachel said: “I grew up in Staffordshire and my family live here, so I’m delighted to get involved and do all I can to help.

“It’s a real honour and privilege to be involved and doing something to help.

“The work the Hospice does is invaluable.

“The staff have such an amazing impact on the lives of the children and their families.

“The work the Hospice does is incredible and it gets such a small percentage of Government funding.”

Staffordshire University 3D design students, Abigail Reid-Ingram, Caitlin Darby, Nicole Waefler, and Ellina Pollitt, have designed ceramic butterflies which are going to be sold at Trentham Gardens to raise money for the hospice.

Staffordshire University 3D design students butterfly project

The charity have also now announced that they will be holding the ‘toughest ever’ Tower to Tower challenge next year.

Staffordshire University have previously helped the charity by raising £300,000.

Lecturers and students took on the gruelling challenge of cycling and rowing from London to Paris.

Steve Bateman, Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy, explained: “The Donna Louise Hospice relies solely on donations and it costs more than £3m a year just to keep it ticking over. 

“I was looking for a new challenge and after being given the opportunity to row the channel last year I thought why not do it again, and raise even more money for the hospice.” 

A team of celebrities and local business leaders have been announced to take part in the journey from Paris to London by bikes, boats, and on foot, in the three stages covering road, sea, and country lanes between May 28 and 31.

The Hospice is also trialling a new event, The Donna Louise Christmas Concert, on December 13th at Kings Hall, Stoke-on-Trent.

Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Beau Dermot, alongside fabulous local choirs will be attending to support the charity and help raise money.

The Donna Louise would not, and could not, exist without the help of volunteers and fundraisers.

There are so many ways to get involved, and whatever you do, you will be making a real difference to the children, young people and families in which the hospice support.

Find out how you can help here.




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