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Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice provides clinical, practical and emotional support to babies, children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families living in North and Central London and Hertsmere. Every child receives a bespoke package of support including specialist care and therapies as well as access to a busy and fun-filled family activities programme.

Our support can range from group activities for children, through to bereavement counselling for families and siblings. Sometimes an overwhelmed parent is grateful simply for someone to make a cup of tea and take time for a chat.

Noah's Ark Children's Hospice was established in December 1999 by Honorary Trustee, Michael McInerney, following the death of a child in his extended family. There were no children’s hospice services available in the borough which meant that they were not afforded the support and help they needed. He saw the need for a children’s hospice in North London so that no family would have to go through the same.

In 2017, Noah’s Ark began construction of The Ark, a purpose-built children’s hospice building for North and Central London and Hertsmere. The Ark was built to complement our Hospice-at-Home and community-based services. The building is now complete and once it is opened to families in Autumn 2019, it will provide, amongst other things, 24-hour end-of-life, post-death and bereavement care, overnight stays and sensory music and art rooms. The state-of-the-art building is set within a beautiful 7.5 acre nature reserve in Barnet.

The Ark will be a home-from-home for children who are seriously unwell, giving them the time and space to be children and not just patients. It will provide an inspiring space for relaxation, adventure and for children and their families to connect with others facing similar challenges.

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