The Sick Children’s Trust launches ‘My Christmas Wish’ appeal

Pictured are one of the families taking part in the 'My Christmas Wish' appeal

No child should wake up on Christmas Day without their family by their side. That’s why charity The Sick Children’s Trust is asking the nation to dig deep to support families with seriously ill children in hospital this Christmas, by donating £30 to keep them together in free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation.

Every day, children are diagnosed with serious and life-threatening illnesses or have terrible accidents that leave them fighting for life. They often have to be transferred to specialist hospitals far from home to receive critical medical treatment. The Sick Children’s Trust is there, supporting these families with free accommodation keeping them just minutes from their loved one’s hospital bedside.

This Christmas, The Sick Children’s Trust expects that every room across its ten ‘Homes from Home’ will be full of families who are caring for some of the UK’s sickest children. The charity’s Christmas appeal, My Christmas Wish, aims to raise £13,230, enough to run the charity’s ten ‘Homes from Home’ over the Christmas period, providing essential emotional and practical support to families in need.

Head of Operations, Joy Darling, says:

“No child should wake up on Christmas morning alone and without their family around them. But this will be the reality for many poorly children in the hospital as their families face long journeys to be by their hospital bedside on the most magical day of the year.

“A donation of £30 will give a family a place to stay in one of our ‘Homes from Home’ this Christmas, just moments from their sick child’s bedside. £30 will ensure one child in the hospital will wake up on Christmas morning with their family by their side.

“It costs The Sick Children’s Trust £13,230 to run its ten ‘Homes from Home’ across the country over the Christmas period, keeping families together at one of the most important times of the year. By donating £30 you can make a sick child’s Christmas wish come true and ensure they wake up with lots of kisses and cuddles.”

The appeal focuses on the stories of families who have been supported by The Sick Children’s Trust, past and present, many whose Christmas wish is to be together at Christmas.

Your donation will keep a family with a seriously ill child together this Christmas.

To donate visit:

The Sick Children’s Trust’s Christmas Wish JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/mychristmaswish