The George Oliver Foundation funded part of the new Sick Children’s Trust “home from home” facility at Sheffield Children’s Hospital
Sick Children’s Trust was established in 1982 and currently runs eight “home from home” facilities for families of critically ill children around the country. Each of the houses is located close to the children’s wards at major hospitals and provides families with free, high-quality accommodation close to their sick child’s side. They support around 3000 families every year.
Sheffield Children’s Hospital has grown significantly in the past few years and is likely to continue to do so. In the existing “home from home”, Treetop House, in Sheffield there had been an average waiting list of five families per room every night, sometimes many more. Expansion was urgently needed and Sick Children’s Trust were able to fulfill this with a new 11 bedroom house. The George Oliver Foundation contributed funding for a room in this new house.
The benefits to families and children of the support that SCT provieds are well-documented. Sick Children’s Trust is highly experienced in providing both practical and emotional help to families, supporting them at the most difficult time. The houses enable families to live as normally as possible, with excellent and comfortable facilities, giving them the best chance to concentrate on their child’s recovery and on keeping the family together.
We first supported Sick Children’s Trust in 2011 and our direct experience of their work and our visits to the Whitechapel “home from home” have shown them to be a highly effective and dedicated organisation.