The directors and employees of Brown McFarlane are determined to ensure that the commitment and energy which makes the company a success is also channelled to help those in a less fortunate position.

The Group is proud of its association with Stoke-on-Trent and so it has chosen to adopt a local charity, The Donna Louise Children's Hospice Trust, which it supports with an ongoing programme of fundraising schemes. The charities team at Brown McFarlane is encouraged to think of ways to help and as a result money is raised in many innovative ways.

The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust provides a range of specialist care and support services for children with a shortened life expectancy and their families. Services may be provided in the family home or the hospice, a purpose built house in Stoke-on-Trent called “Treetops”, or a combination of both depending on the family's and child’s preference. Care staff are trained and qualified, and include: children’s nurses, learning disabilities nurses (with experience of working with children), family support staff, play & music specialists and counsellors.


The range of care and support services includes:

  • Day care in the family home or hospice, or both
  • Overnight stays at Treetops
  • Community support
  • 24 hour telephone support and advice
  • Counselling and emotional support
  • End of life care in the family home or the hospice depending on family preference
  • Specialist play and music activities
  • Regular Youth Club activities
  • Parents and Carers Support Group
  • Sibling activities and support.

Running a children’s hospice service is a considerable undertaking but it is one that is urgently needed. The Trust is confident that with the continued support of the general public it can continue to help even more life threatened children and their families in the future.

Brown McFarlane is proud to be a supporter of the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust and Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

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