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Hospice News

Ryan and Karen Fowler are on a mission help ease the heartache of other Australian families following the death of their toddler, Rio.At just 16-months of age, Rio spent 40 days in hospital with what appeared to be gastro but the toddler rapidly became sicker, eventually bein... Read More


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Penne Schwarz’s life was thrown upside down, changed forever, the day her bright and bubbly five-year-old son, Joshua, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Penne is sharing her raw thoughts from diagnosis, her desperate fight to sav... Read More


Categories: Family News, Hospice News, Very Special Kids News

Our very own Child Life Therapist, Shari Manley, creates moments that can make a day special.Nick is well known for his wide smile and positive energy. He enjoys movement and music and brings joy to the Hospice when he is free to explore items and instruments that make soun... Read More


Categories: Family News, Hospice News, Very Special Kids News

(Pictured is seven-year-old Very Special Kid, Ace, who helped us launch our Pin & Win campaign)Australian actress and director Rachel Griffiths will join a stellar Pin & Win ambassador line-up, it’s been announced today.Griffiths joins former Miss Universe Austr... Read More


Categories: Family News, Fundraising News, Hospice News, Very Special Kids News, Volunteer News

We often hear the phrases ‘there is no hope’, or that the situation is ‘hopeless’. These phrases only lead to a sense of defeat, failure and for some guilt, that they have been unable to save their child.But hope is in fact everywhere…


Collaboration between Very Special Kids Child Life Therapist Shari and Physiotherapist Belinda has resulted in an exciting, newly developed space consisting of soft play equipment for children to use during their respite stays in the hospice.The soft play is located in the pl... Read More


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Crystal Lee(28/7/1999 to 14/1/2019)This photo below was taken at Crystal’s Year 12 retreat in February of 2018. It depicts Crystal’s gorgeous personality, full of fun and laughter, and also the gorgeous inner child that she was. This... Read More


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36 treadmills were kept in continuous motion for 24 hours from 9am Fri 24 May to 9am Sat 25 May raising  $978,000 (and counting) for children in 24 hour care at Very Special Kids Hospice in Melbourne.Over 1,000 participants including AFL players, politicians... Read More


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Next week is National Palliative Care Week and Very Special Kids is proud to partner with Palliative Care Victoria to raise awareness on palliative care and embrace what matters most to people with a life-threatening condition and their families.Each year, 120,000 Australians... Read More


Categories: Family News, Hospice News, Very Special Kids News

In early 2019 the Very Special Kids hospice team welcomed their first Child Life Therapist, Shari Manley into the fold.Child Life Therapists (CLT) are responsible for supporting a child to ensure their voice is heard and their needs are met within the healthcare environment. ... Read More


Categories: Family News, Hospice News, Very Special Kids News