Children’s Hospice Week: 21 – 27 May 2018

This week we are raising awareness for children’s hospices and the 49,000 families who need regular help managing a young child with a life limiting illness or injury.

We want to challenge the myth that hospices are places where children go to die. Instead we wish to highlight that a hospice can be a joyful place. A place where families receive the help and support they need to be able to enjoy quality time with all their children.

In Sheffield, we are lucky to have the resources of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, whose supportive staff who are dedicated to making life a little brighter for families affected by a child’s serious illness. Such illnesses affect not only the child and parents but the brothers, sisters and wider family, such as grandparents. Hospices can offer support to the whole family.

Seriously ill children have to spend a lot of their shortened lives in and out of hospital or seeing doctors and nurses for treatment. This treatment can be unpleasant and even painful, and even though hospitals are carrying out marvelous work, they are not a place a child would normally associate with joy or playfulness. A children’s hospice can offer a very different experience. The staff of a hospice are focused on making the lives of the children as joyful and positive as possible, to make every second, every minute, every day count.

Switalskis Solicitors have worked closely with Bluebell Wood in recent years and our staff have enthusiastically baked cakes, run, walked and joined in all manner of exercise to help raise much needed funds for the charity. Our staff are taking part in the Master Cutlers Challenge to help raise money for the hospice, including running a chocolate bouquet to raffle which was very popular! We’re also proud to have an ambassador for the charity as part of our team – our very own Natalie Cosgrove.

Children can suffer serious illness from birth or at any time in their childhood and it is always devastating for the parents. Sometimes it can be hard to find out what happened to cause the illness, which can be a very lonely and stressful situation for parents to find themselves in. Often the cause of the illness is no one’s fault, but on those occasions where there may have been negligent care or errors in health care we have experience in investigating those situations and getting answers for the family.

Our experienced team of solicitors are here to offer help and support to parents when this occurs and you can be assured that we are specialists in this area of law. If you would like to talk to us about concerns that your child’s life limiting illness is caused by errors in health care then we are here for you and are happy to offer free advice to those seeking more information. Please remember, you are not alone. You can contact us on 0800 138 0458.

Natalie Cosgrove

Natalie is an Associate Solicitor within our Clinical Negligence team in Sheffield. She qualified as a Barrister in 2008, then cross-qualified as a Solicitor in 2011. She joined Switalskis in November 2016. Natalie's profile