The Pepper Foundation is a small charity, based in Tring. We fund the Pepper Nurses who work across North West Hertfordshire and the Chilterns area of Buckinghamshire caring for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses in their own homes.
One of the biggest challenges facing the Pepper Children’s Nurses is making sure the team continues to meet the needs of such a diverse population. The nursing team covers a large geographical area and many of their patients have rare conditions requiring life-saving interventions as well as palliative care towards end of life. In addition to offering respite for parents, accompanying families to hospital appointments and providing specialist nursing care during the day on a scheduled basis, Pepper Nurses are on call overnight to provide a 24-hour responsive service.
The fact that a Pepper Nurse can get to a patient’s home at any time of the day or night offers huge peace of mind to parents. It can make all the difference between a child being able to stay at home or having to go into a hospice or hospital.
Young people with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses have a range of physical and emotional difficulties. Sick children can be very isolated, and is it very common for patients’ families to feel under constant strain. Pepper Nurses are on hand to help families deal with the daily struggle of living with a very ill child.
Pepper also funds a Family Support Therapist to support children and young people whose siblings are seriously ill or have died. The Family Support team delivers counselling and the co-ordination of services to adult family members before, during and after bereavement. It is never too late to contact Pepper for help.
Your support will help very sick children receive specialist paediatric palliative care at home, will help to support the families of terminally ill patients, and will make the world of difference to a family, who could spend their last days with their son or daughter, brother or sister, in the comfort of their own home.
See more information about the Pepper Foundation here.