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How children with a life-limiting illness can be helped

  • ITV News Central reporter Jane Hesketh
Chloe (left) and Charlotte (right) are both 18 and best mates. Credit: ITV News Central

Having a child with a terminal illness or a life-limiting condition is the worst possible situation for any parent. How do you accept that situation and learn to live with it?

At the Donna Louise hospice in Trentham in Stoke-on-Trent, their attitude is 'life is for living'.

They actively encourage their children to do as much as they possibly can, and to embrace every opportunity.

Chloe sells painting to raise money for the hospice Credit: ITV News Central

Chloe and Charlotte are both 18 and best mates. They have both been coming to Donna Louise since they were tiny.

Technically they should move onto the adult hospice world now, but thanks to a decision by the trustees to build a young persons unit, they both know they won't have to move on.

Charlotte told us what the hospice means to her:

Both the girls raise money for the hospice, which they say is a home from home, by selling their paintings.

Charlotte is currently struggling to raise enough money for a wheelchair that meets her needs.

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