To coincide with Father’s Day, Children’s Hospices Across Scotland – better known as CHAS – has launched a new appeal in solidarity with bereaved fathers and those who currently face the stark reality that their child is living with a life-shortening illness.
The appeal focuses on three bereaved dads whose families have received support from the pioneering charity, reading a heartfelt Father’s Day message they have each written to their daughters.
– Andrew Suttie from Broughty Ferry in Dundee (pictured) – his twin daughter Jessica was diagnosed with Zellweger Spectrum Disorder and died aged 8 months old in September 2017.
– Colin Brown from Upper Largo in Fife – his daughter Eilish was diagnosed with Krabbe Disease and died aged 9 months old in 2014.
– David Scanlan from Turriff in Aberdeenshire – his daughter Willow was diagnosed with Edwards Syndrome and died aged 14 months in January 2019.
The appeal is simple: Your donation will help CHAS be there for all the dads that need us this Father’s Day. When a family with a child who suffers a life-shortening condition is supported by CHAS, we offer a wide range of support for as long as they need it, from one to one support, counselling and group support to remembering days.
Take Andrew Suttie. On Father’s Day 2016, Andrew and his wife Jaclyn learned that they were going to be parents. A few weeks later they were even more excited to learn they were expecting twins. They knew that there were risks associated with a twin pregnancy and birth but nothing prepared them for what was to come.
Twin daughters Georgia Mary and Jessica Lynne were born on Hogmanay 2016 and remained in the Neonatal Unit for a number of weeks. Jessica was later diagnosed with Zellweger Spectrum Disorder, a rare, life-shortening condition. For the eight months they had with Jessica, CHAS supported the family to pack that short time with wonderful moments and precious memories that Andrew will cherish forever.
Make a donation to CHAS and you can help fathers cope with the devastating death of a child. No matter their time left together, we can make sure it’s filled with joy and happiness.
– £15 could help a dad and their child create magical memories in whatever time they have left together.
– £25 could help give a dad vital bereavement support when he needs it most.
– £50 could help organise a support group where dads can share their experiences.
– Donate online today at https://www.chas.org.uk/donate
In Scotland, nearly 16,000 children and young people live with life-shortening conditions and CHAS is determined to reach every family who needs its services. CHAS works across Scotland, able to provides its hospice services nation-wide for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions., CHAS offers palliative, respite and end-of-life care from Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch.
The CHAS at Home service supports families with the services of a hospice yet in their own homes across the whole of Scotland. Through its Diana Children’s Nurses working in hospitals across the country, CHAS supports families and clinical teams.