Care and support for little lives

Colourful paintings line the walls and laughter fills the corridors of Andy's, the children's hospice at St Andrew's Hospice in Grimsby.

Andy's is one of the charities that Lincolnshire Co-op is currently supporting as part of the Community Champions scheme, raising money and awareness for these vital services.

Children and young people with life-limiting illnesses can find a home from home here, where free palliative care is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week with the support of 500 volunteers and 120 members of staff.

St Andrew's littlest patients have a range of serious illnesses, but the hospice provides a safe environment for kids to be kids. As well as fun days out, there's a garden filled with activities, a gadget room for teens and a Play and Activity Centre for the younger ones to read, paint and bake.

"The kids here are all amazing, and of course they love to cause mischief! We always bring a change of clothes in the summer because you never know when a shaving foam or water fight could break out in the garden," laughs Tracey, Play Co-ordinator at Andy’s.

 A vibrant sensory room also allows children with sight and hearing problems to experience the world in a way that they never have before. Arts and craft means so much here too.

"We always make sure that each child is making memories and leaving their mark on the world," explains Tracey.

Find out how you can help poorly children make the most of every day here.


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