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The Ark

Built thanks to the generosity of our community, The Ark is the new children’s hospice building for North and Central London and Hertsmere. It will enable us to reach more of the 1,200 babies and children in our catchment area who need our services. 

The Ark is the first children's hospice built in Greater London for many years  - and the first in our large catchment area of North and Central London and Hertsmere.

The Ark enables Noah's Ark Children's Hospice to expand our community-based services and increase the scale and quality of our offering to seriously unwell children and their families. 

Sensory Room at The Ark


The Ark's Activities Wing is open to children and families, offering a wide range of services, including:

Kye playing with Vikki on the accessible playground


On the other side of the building is the in-patient unit, comprising six children's bedrooms and three family suites. Opening in 2020, this will provide 24-hour end-of-life care, including specialised care for neonates, as well as being a high dependency unit for children not well enough to be at home.

Children's bedroom

The Ark also provides post-death care, including 24-hour family access to their child's body and bereavement counselling.

There are specially designed Butterfly Rooms, where parents and families can spend time with their baby or child after death. Central to the rooms are cold blankets to keep the body cool after death, allowing families to spend more time with their loved one. The Butterfly Rooms can be customised by families to create the space where they feel comfortable. This includes the unique technology which allows an image to be projected around the room so that the room can look and feel as they want – they might choose it to feel like an underwater scene or the child’s home bedroom.

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