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When Henry Hallam was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer at the tender age of 3, the Hallam family were thrown into the frightening world of childhood cancer. As the principal hospital for treatment was two hours away from their home town of Plymouth they had no other option but to stay in Bristol for 18 months.

Henry was diagnosed with neuroblastoma which is a cancer of the nervous system in children. It is aggressive and difficult to treat and the prognosis for Henry was poor. The family sort options for treatment for Henry including treatments and new trials abroad in America and Europe. To access these the family needed to raise upwards of £500,000. Hugs for Henry was created and fundraising commenced however the amount raised was not enough for Henry to go abroad.

The Hallam family decided that they wanted to make a difference to fellow oncology families with the money raised for Henry and donated it to Hugs Childrens Cancer Charity, a registered charity, which they created to support others.

In December 2018 Henry Hallam rang the end of treatment bell signalling five years post the end of treatment. The Hallam family alongside the board of trustees for the charity wanted to make a difference to the oncology families locally and to families with neuroblastoma by creating a unique and invaluable place for families to run too. The first Hugs Childrens Cancer Charity Respite home was bought with this in mind.

The respite home is based in South Cornwall, the home provides private accommodation for families to spend time together away from hospital setting and to make new and important memories. With views over the rolling countryside and the sea, the home is peaceful and comfortable for families to take a break and a chance to forget childhood cancer even if for a short while.

Just five minutes away from the Eden project, it is in a perfect spot for families who would like to explore the countryside, or for those families who just want to spend time in the cottage, there is an indoor swimming pool for their use on the complex and it also has a wonderful green space to play games and a park and plenty of country walks, the home also benefits from its own courtyard.

The respite home is open to families in the Plymouth postcode and surrounding areas and families with neuroblastoma nationally. If you would like to apply for a stay in our unique home please email enquiries@hugsfromhenry.co.uk


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