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Very Special Kids News

Like many couples, Katy and her husband Maurice were so excited to start their family.So, in December 2014 when they found out they were not only pregnant, but pregnant with twins, they were over the moon.Katy went on to have a normal and healthy pregnancy, and in August ... Read More


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

It’s almost December and community Christmas activities are beginning! There are several ways you can spread the cheer and support Very Special Kids during the festive season.

Malvern Xmas Trees
The Malvern Xmas Tree stall is on a... Read More


Categories: Fundraising News, Very Special Kids News

Dear Damien and Dominic,I loved you before I ever met you.When your dad and I found out that we were going to be parents for the first time, we were so excited we couldn’t wait for our family to grow. Finding out that our family would grow by two just doubled our excite... Read More


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

Meet Heidi Barber, she's one of our Family Support Practitioners who works with families across the Mornington Peninsula.How long have you been at VSK?I have been a Family Support Practitioner with Very Special Kids for 14.5 yrs.  I was based at our Ma... Read More


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


As many of you may be aware, our hospice is set to be demolished and rebuilt from December 2020.It was built almost 23 years ago and, because technology and clinical care has advanced since then, it was decided that a complete rebuild was needed to ensure we provide... Read More


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


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

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

Reflection by Natasha Mills - bereaved mother of LeroyI was very skeptical about attending the Bereaved Parents' Weekend when I first heard about it. My initial reaction was "no way, that's not for me". A year or more later the opportunity popped up again and my husband and I... Read More


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An adolescent sibling supported by Very Special Kids reflects on their unique experience at Mittagundi.For one amazing week, sixteen adolescents got to experience the Mittagundi Winter Program. The journey started with a six hour bus ride up to Mittagundi, which took us throu... Read More


Categories: Family 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