Eligibility Criteria

Willow accepts referrals for adults between the ages of 16-40 living with a life threatening condition.


The following groups are eligible for support from Willow:

  1. Life-threatening conditions for which curative treatment may be feasible but can fail.

Applications must be made whilst still receiving treatment. When treatment has not yet commenced, is completed, or during maintenance, Willow is no longer able to offer services.

E.g. Cancer, irreversible organ failure of heart, kidney and liver.

  1. Conditions where premature death is inevitable.

There may be long periods of intensive treatment aimed at prolonging life and allowing participation in normal activities.

E.g. Cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

  1. Progressive conditions without curative treatment options.

Treatment or care is exclusively palliative and may extend over many years.

E.g. Batten’s disease, metabolic conditions, Huntington’s disease

  1. Irreversible but non-progressive conditions causing severe disability leading to susceptibility to severe health problems.

E.g. Severe cerebral palsy, multiple disabilities such as following brain or spinal cord injury.


Important – If demand is high, we may prioritise certain types of support to specific patient groups from the list above.  For the latest information about how we are prioritising our services please check our application page.