21 July 2021

Iris House Children’s Hospice recently celebrated a decade of providing supportive and therapeutic care, presently supporting 588 children with special needs in 46 communities in and around the Cape Metro and West Coast

The mission of Iris House Children’s Hospice is to provide holistic, loving, professional, free community and hospice based respite care, as well as end-of-life care for special needs children and young adults with a life-threatening and or life-limiting condition in the Western Cape. The hospice also provides holistic therapies and support for the entire family.

They advocate for the rights of special needs children and young adults in the province, provide employment opportunities to parents, train their care team, parents, foster and safety parents to the highest standard on ways to improve their child’s quality of life.


Iris House celebrated a decade of caring and reflect on their humble start with 12 children and families to the present day as they have grown from just a community-based respite care service to so much more. They now offer children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and families the following services – all 100 % free 

  • Respite (relief) care at our hospice and in 46 communities.
  • Food Donations
  • Sustainable Gardening Skills Development
  • Medical training
  • Social Support Services
  • Parent Support Groups
  • Foster Parent Training
  • Donation of nappies, medical supplies, and essential items.
  • Adaptive Surfing
  • Over 18’s protective workshop at our Doggy Day Care
  • Equine Therapy

Fundraising challenges due to COVID-19

Like so many NGOs in South Africa, Iris House has been adversely affected by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and find themselves in a challenging situation with the loss of fundraising income from events.

In the video below, CEO Sue van der Linde provides some insight into the work of Iris House and the need for urgent funds.

Find out more

If you would like to learn more about Iris House and the work that they do, CLICK HERE to visit their website now.