Hope House is set to benefit after landing £79,000 to pay for new staff to work with members of the local community.

The Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith children’s hospices were able to access the funding after Wrexham-based financial planners Hadlow Edwards Wealth Management Ltd introduced them to the St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation.

The charity was successful in applying to the Foundation for more than £79,000 towards the costs of employing two Community Engagement roles for two years.

The organisation runs two hospices, Hope House in Oswestry and Tŷ Gobaith in the Conwy Valley which offers respite and crisis care for children with complex health conditions, as well as counselling and bereavement support.

Warren Hadlow, Founder and Director of Hadlow Edwards, said: "We began working with Hope House Children’s Hospices more than 10 years ago.

"We'd raised money for smaller projects, but we'd never gone to the Foundation Board before and I thought the time was right to put forward the bid for a grant to fund the brilliant work of the Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith hospices.

"The hospice staff believe that many people are unaware of some of the services they offer and hope the scheme will rectify that.

"The work done by the team at Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith children’s hospices is quite remarkable and we are very proud to be able to support them in their efforts.”

Andy Goldsmith, the CEO of Hope House Children Hospices added: "Hadlow Edwards has broken down a door for us that we ourselves couldn't access. This funding has made all the difference in getting this new service up and running.

"We are currently working with around 600 children and their families across Shropshire, Cheshire, Mid and North Wales.

"But on average, children's hospices reach just 16 per cent of the children with life-limiting conditions. We want to help more families and we need to encourage communities to work with us to do that.

"We know there are certain communities within North Wales that don't access the hospice. That might be for cultural reasons; they might wonder if a hospice is the right place for their children.

"A children's hospice is about walking alongside the family from the point of diagnosis, supporting that family through that journey to end of life and the grieving process."