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Wednesday, 3 June 2020


Appeal from The Sick Children’s Trust to readers of Charity Today

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The Sick Children’s Trust which supports families with seriously ill children in hospital with a place to stay has launched an emergency appeal to raise vital funds to continue to keep families together.

During these unprecedented and uncertain times, the charity which receives no government funding needs the public’s support now more than ever. It costs £2.2 million to run The Sick Children’s Trust’s ten ‘Homes from Home’ across the country and the charity relies entirely on voluntary donations to meet this cost. With events being cancelled and the charity’s valued supporters not being able to fundraise in their usual way, The Sick Children’s Trust needs your support now more than ever.

Jane Featherstone, Chief Executive at The Sick Children’s Trust, said:

“It is a worrying and uncertain time for everyone and there are many challenges we are all facing but for families with a seriously ill child in a hospital, there is even more worry and uncertainty.

“Our families tell us that when their child is in a hospital there is an overwhelming feeling of helplessness. They can’t do anything to improve their child’s condition but what they can do is be there for them because of our ‘Homes from Home’.

“The reality of the coronavirus for the families we support is that they may not even be able to do that. To be there for their child in their time of need unless people like you donate to keep our houses running.”

Taran’s family, from Sheffield, were supported by the charity last year and his mum, Arianna, has spoken about the importance of being able to stay with her son while he was in Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Taran was rushed to Sheffield Children’s Hospital when he became seriously ill with meningitis and sepsis at just ten days old. For ten days, he remained in hospital and during this time his parents were supported by The Sick Children’s Trust’s Treetop House. Arianna said:

“It was a shock to see Taran become seriously ill so suddenly. He was very unwell and there were serious concerns about his heart, so he was admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

“We found out about Treetop House run by The Sick Children’s Trust soon after. It was an incredible gift to be able to stay at Treetop House, so close to Taran while he was in PICU. He was so young and so unwell. We did not want to leave his side and would’ve struggled. It was reassuring to know that we could get some rest and be able to be back to our son’s side within minutes when we woke up.

“Taran is doing really well now and we continue to be so grateful for the care he received, which saved his life.”

The Sick Children’s Trust supports around 3,500 families every year by giving families a place to stay. Jane Featherstone added:

“The Sick Children’s Trust can continue to be there for families with sick children in the hospital like Taran’s but we can’t do it alone. Without vital donations, we cannot do this. With your kind donation, we can be there so that families can be together. We want to give them a safe place to stay close to their child. £30 is what it takes but any amount you can give will greatly help.”

To donate to The Sick Children’s Trust, visit sickchildrenstrust.org/donate

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