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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you see or hear the word Hospice? I bet its not this …

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We are South Africa’s only hospice dedicated to special needs children with life-limiting and life threatening conditions . We are a Living Hospice.

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Iris House’s service is free of charge, we rely on your help, donate today!

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Sponsor a four hour respite community based sit for a needy family.

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Iris House has an event every month, check out our upcoming events here.

Iris House Annual Ball

Purchase a seat or table at our Annual Grand Ball 27 August, Table Bay Hotel.

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Donate non perishable foods for our needy families, or ingredients for specific diets.

Donate Toys and Clothing

Help Iris House with a donation of children’s clothes or toys.

Latest Achievements

  • We have increased the number of families we support from 110 in August 2014 to 205 in December 2015.
  • We have trained over 95 carers using our in-house training course .
  • We have also provided over 700 hours of instructional, practical training.
  • We have provided over 5513 hours of community and hospice based care.
  • Our community based respite care model has been adopted by the National Government.
  •  Iris House has assisted our families by providing food, medical supplies, toiletries, clothing and nappies in excess of R172 796-00.
  • We can now provide transport for up to 5 children to and from hospice respite care sessions

Iris House prides itself on caring for the “whole” family.  Notable initiatives include our Family Year End Picnic with – Dec 2015 with over 200 of our families at our hospice property.

Queen for a day – Mother’s Day treat in May, Cuppa4Care Month – October  and our Sibling Sunday’s

Current Projects

Our Hospice House Project


Iris House Children’s Hospice  – A Living Hospice

Since signing the lease with public works late December 2014 for a house on the grounds of  Stikland in the northern suburbs. We have made tremendous improvements to what was once a neglected derelict house and over grown grounds.


We official opened the Iris House Children’s Hospice  building on the 14th of April 2015. The ceremony was officiated by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and attended by friends and sponsors.

helen gets a hug

The hospice now boost a fully equipped sensory room, a purpose built play room, wet room, purpose built learning centre, an overnight room and an end of life family room.  The grounds have been completely transformed and now have wheelchair friendly pathway’s, a sensory garden and herb garden.

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We have also adopted two cart horse ponies Diva and Diamond who are being trained to provide therapeutic riding for our children. For children in wheelchairs we have Oogies are partially blind sheep who loves to be feed and cuddled and Moppie our hospice dog who arrived one day whilst we were busy with the repairs and has never left.

oogies with child

  Our children attend 2 x full respite care day sessions, and one half day session per week. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday’s. At these sessions we focus on providing stimulation, engaging our children in communication methods and providing quality nutrition and complimentary therapies. These include OT, Speech, Equine and animal therapy. We are currently awaiting the results of our Health audit to be able to open our overnight and end of life rooms.

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We still plan to build on an OT room with a small heated swimming pool for aqua therapy (which benefits all of our special needs children) As well as other upgrades to the property. Please see our needs list if you would like to assist.

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