Looking back on 30 years

Very Special Kids was founded in 1984 by two families whose children had died from leukaemia. They recognised the need for other families going through a similar experience to receive support.

Sister Margaret Noone became the organsation’s first employee on June 17th 1985, 30 years ago today. She remains the very active Patron of Very Special Kids.

We have supported thousands of Victorian families over the past 30 years, providing a holistic model of care through counselling, emotional support, networking and peer activities and trained family volunteers. Since 1996 Very Special Kids Hospice has provided respite and end-of-life care and remains the only children’s hospice in Victoria.

The number of families supported grows every year and has recently surpassed 900 for the first time in our history.

The images below capture a snapshot of a history dedicated to supporting children with life-threatening conditions, and their families.