A charity run ‘Home from Home’ celebrated five years supporting families who have seriously ill children in Freeman Hospital, Newcastle.

Staff at The Sick Children’s Trust’s Scott House, located at Freeman Hospital, hosted a big anniversary party on Wednesday 23 October for families who had been supported by the charity, alongside supporters and hospital staff to celebrate the milestone. Guests were treated to a large spread of party food, delicious treats and, of course, cake. A raffle was also held to raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust, which relies entirely on voluntary donations to run its ‘Homes from Home’ like Scott House.

The Sick Children’s Trust is the charity that gives over 3,500 families with a seriously ill child in the hospital a warm and comfortable place to stay when they need it most.

Linsey Brough, Scott House Manager, said:

“It was fantastic to have such a large turnout and catch up with families who we’ve supported in the past. We were thrilled to celebrate five years of keeping families together with their seriously ill children.

“I have seen first-hand the difference Scott House makes to families with children at Freeman Hospital. Being able to have a comfortable place to rest away from the ward while knowing they are just a stone’s throw away has a positive impact on the child, as well as the entire family. Many of our families would have to travel long distances or stay in hotels to be together with their child in a hospital, but The Sick Children’s Trust takes this worry away and allows them to focus on what is most important, their loved one.

“While staying in one of our ‘Homes from Home’ is free, it costs The Sick Children’s Trust £30 to support a family for one night. I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated on the day and for making our fifth anniversary so special.”

Further information about Scott House and The Sick Children’s Trust can be found on their website sickchildrenstrust.org