Help hospice to help families like the Mead’s

Jack Mead with his mum Mary
Jack Mead with his mum Mary

A hospice in Oxford has launched a new event to raise funds so it can continue helping young people with terminal illnesses and their families.

Helen & Douglas House is holding a Riverside Stomp along the Thames Path next month.

Funds from the event will be used to help the hospice continue supporting families like the Mead’s from Thame.

Twenty-month-old Jack was born prematurely with severe brain trauma.

The family were referred to Helen House from the hospital to get the support and advice they needed to be able to manage Jack’s condition at home.

He now visits for regular respite stays and the family receives support and advice from the hospice’s outreach nurses when Jack is particularly unwell.

Jack’s mum Mary said: “Sometimes we stay at Helen House to get a settled night’s sleep and sometimes we come home and have a break from our child’s extra needs.

‘Jack is very relaxed at Helen House.

“He enjoys play and lots of attention and cuddles.

“The medical care is excellent.

“We would be lost without the hospice’s help.”

The Riverside Stomp on Saturday May 21 features a choice of an eight or 22 mile walk from Wallingford or Abingdon along the Thames Path to Oxford.

You can sign-up to join in the walk for £20 while the route is suitable for all ages.

Checkpoints and refreshments will be available across the course.

Participants are also asked to collect a minimum sponsorship of £70.

To find out more or to sign up call 01865 799150, email or visit