The Children of Helen house revisited.

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This documentary looks at the work of Helen House in Oxford which helps children with life-limiting illnesses. In 1995 the BBC filmed at Helen House and have now returned to catch up on the stories of some of the children they met there and to see the work of the house 13 years later. 11-year-old Leah Graham has cystic fibrosis and regularly stays at Helen House. Sister Frances Dominica was one of the founders of Helen House which was built on the site of a convent where she was Mother Superior. 21-year-old Cat has a brain tumour removed when she was 11; the treatment left her severely disabled - after having used Helen House for years, they now use Douglas House a sister establishment for teenagers and above. 30-year-old Ingrid went into kidney failure aged 2; she's had numerous stays at Helen and Douglas Houses and has finally had successful kidney transplant. However, after a lifetime of ill-health, Ingrid is finding it hard to come to terms with having good health.


UK : BBC 2, 2009.

Physical description

1 DVD (60 min.) : sound, color, PAL

Copyright note

BBC Manchester.


Broadcast on 2 April, 2009.

Creator/production credits

Produced and directed by Jonathan Mayo.



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