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World Prematurity Day 2018

World Prematurity Day 2018

Press Releases   •   Nov 12, 2018 13:17 GMT

On 17 November 2018 The Sick Children’s Trust is joining other leading children’s charities in the global movement to raise awareness of preterm birth and take action on behalf of the 15 million babies born early every year.

Crawford House is like a warm blanket wrapping itself around families with seriously ill children in hospital.

Crawford House is like a warm blanket wrapping itself around families with seriously ill children in hospital.

News   •   Nov 10, 2018 10:40 GMT

Christine Coombes has been the House Keeper at Crawford House for 22 years and today is saying goodbye to the much-loved house.

£30 will make a family’s Christmas Wish come true

£30 will make a family’s Christmas Wish come true

News   •   Nov 09, 2018 14:16 GMT

Heart Radio DJ Sian Welby is backing The Sick Children's Trust's Christmas appeal. Read what she's got to say here.

Family and friends to ‘Run for Sophie’ and raise thousands in her memory

Family and friends to ‘Run for Sophie’ and raise thousands in her memory

News   •   Nov 08, 2018 16:39 GMT

A group of friends who have already raised over £12,000 are taking on the adidas Fulham 10km city run to raise even more money for The Sick Children’s Trust in memory of three year old Sophie Pokorny who tragically passed away at the end of the summer.

Pumpkin Pie Childcare pop on pyjamas to raise money for seriously ill children

Pumpkin Pie Childcare pop on pyjamas to raise money for seriously ill children

News   •   Nov 07, 2018 09:38 GMT

Children at Pumpkin Pie Childcare took part in our annual fundraiser, Pyjama Party, and raised over £200! Find out all about their Pyjama Party here.

​I remember the first night I stayed in Stevenson House I hardly slept. Knowing Isla was so close was comforting and I wanted to be with her all the time, but I also knew I needed to rest so I could be strong for my baby.

​I remember the first night I stayed in Stevenson House I hardly slept. Knowing Isla was so close was comforting and I wanted to be with her all the time, but I also knew I needed to rest so I could be strong for my baby.

News   •   Nov 06, 2018 18:40 GMT

Ashley went into labour just 24 weeks into her pregnancy and was rushed to her local hospital. Unable to stop the labour, doctors delivered twin girls, Esme and Isla. Tragically, Esme was stillborn, but Isla had a faint heartbeat and was rushed up to the neonatal intensive care unit before being transferred over to London a few hours later for lifesaving treatment.

Grateful grandma walks miles for charity to celebrate baby granddaughter beating cancer

Grateful grandma walks miles for charity to celebrate baby granddaughter beating cancer

News   •   Nov 06, 2018 14:11 GMT

Grandma Donna has raised over £800 by organising a sponsored walk to thank The Sick Children's Trust for supporting her family whilst her granddaughter was fighting cancer.

We could give Nathan a kiss every morning and night while he fought for his life because of Crawford House

We could give Nathan a kiss every morning and night while he fought for his life because of Crawford House

News   •   Nov 05, 2018 15:53 GMT

At a week old, Lana's son, Nathan, was unexpectedly rushed to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle when he started to struggle to breathe. On arrival, he deteriorated and was put into an induced coma. For three weeks his parents were supported at Crawford House while Nathan battled for survival.

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

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

Press Releases   •   Nov 01, 2018 00:01 GMT

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.

Even though we were in hospital over Christmas, we could still spend the day together as a family.

Even though we were in hospital over Christmas, we could still spend the day together as a family.

News   •   Oct 30, 2018 23:59 GMT

Paul Foster talks about his experience of spending Christmas at his daughter's hospital bedside when at just three months old she needed major heart surgery. Read his story and watch 'My Christmas Wish' to find out the impact our 'Home from Home' had on his family.

If it hadn’t been for Chestnut House, we would’ve had to sleep in the car or make a two hour journey every day.

If it hadn’t been for Chestnut House, we would’ve had to sleep in the car or make a two hour journey every day.

News   •   Oct 30, 2018 23:35 GMT

Meet the Jones family, who were supported at Acorn House. Little Jenson was starved of oxygen at birth and needed specialist treatment at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Katie and Jay share their experience with us in support of our Christmas appeal, My Christmas Wish.

This time last year things didn’t look good for Noah, but this Christmas he is thriving and we will be celebrating at home with close friends and family.

This time last year things didn’t look good for Noah, but this Christmas he is thriving and we will be celebrating at home with close friends and family.

News   •   Oct 30, 2018 23:05 GMT

Mum Tina shares her experience of what its like to have a child in hospital over Christmas as part of our appeal. It costs £13,230 for us to run our ten 'Homes from Home' over the Christmas period to support families like Tina and Noah.

Every time I walked through the front door at Acorn House and was greeted by Abi I relaxed and knew that, whilst we chatted, I would feel normal.

Every time I walked through the front door at Acorn House and was greeted by Abi I relaxed and knew that, whilst we chatted, I would feel normal.

News   •   Oct 30, 2018 12:27 GMT

A devoted Dad, Ryan Mathewson, has shared his experience of staying in both Chestnut and Acorn Houses on multiple occasions whilst his son William has received lifesaving treatment at both The Rosie and Addenbrooke’s.

The Sick Children’s Trust to benefit from BGL Make a Difference Fund

The Sick Children’s Trust to benefit from BGL Make a Difference Fund

Press Releases   •   Oct 24, 2018 15:29 BST

BGL Group, a leading digital distributor of insurance and household financial services, to support families with children in hospital

Having two babies in two different hospitals was a nightmare, but at least staying in Acorn House meant I could be right there with one of them.

Having two babies in two different hospitals was a nightmare, but at least staying in Acorn House meant I could be right there with one of them.

News   •   Oct 22, 2018 16:45 BST

Steph Elderton and her husband, Mark, were left terrified when their six week old identical twin boys, Reece and Luca, were diagnosed with bronchiolitis and admitted to Hinchingbrooke Hospital in January. In a bid to save Luca’s life the decision was made to transfer him to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for specialist treatment. During this time we supported Steph in Acorn House.

I coped with my daughter being in hospital by talking to others at Acorn House.

I coped with my daughter being in hospital by talking to others at Acorn House.

News   •   Oct 22, 2018 09:40 BST

Annabelle is turning one year old in November and over the course of the last year has been in and out of hospital. When Annabelle was four months old she was rushed to Addenbrooke's Hospital as her intestine had folded in on itself. During her treatment in Cambridge we supported her parents at Acorn House.

For families like ours to have somewhere as comforting and convenient as Eckersley House to stay is a godsend when you have a seriously ill child in hospital.

For families like ours to have somewhere as comforting and convenient as Eckersley House to stay is a godsend when you have a seriously ill child in hospital.

News   •   Oct 18, 2018 12:38 BST

Rupert was diagnosed with pulmonary stenosis and an atrial septal defect when he was just a few months old. After this his condition was monitored closely by a specialist team, but his parents were told he would need surgery when he was older. Earlier this year Rupert underwent that surgery and, whilst he recovered from the successful operation, his parents were supported in Eckersley House.

Not knowing what the future holds is tough, but we will get there, one day at a time.

Not knowing what the future holds is tough, but we will get there, one day at a time.

News   •   Oct 18, 2018 09:36 BST

Alayna Bateson spent the first six months of her life in hospital, three of which were spent in Leeds Children’s Hospital. After a month the family moved into Eckersley House. Once there they were able to be together as a family and Sophie and Jezz's little boys loved the playroom, whilst a few of Alayna's parents' considerable worries were alleviated.

Parents of boy born with half a heart back charity's Pyjama Party campaign

Parents of boy born with half a heart back charity's Pyjama Party campaign

News   •   Oct 17, 2018 11:55 BST

Claire and Alex, from Hemel Hempstead, are asking people to get involved with The Sick Children’s Trust’s Pyjama Party campaign to help the charity support more families, like theirs, when their child is seriously ill in hospital.

I will never forget that the charity held out a hand for me and helped me back onto my feet when I needed it the most.

I will never forget that the charity held out a hand for me and helped me back onto my feet when I needed it the most.

News   •   Oct 16, 2018 12:13 BST

We supported Mum Stacey and Dad George at Guilford Street House when ten week old Charlie George needed treatment for a range of viruses and infections. We are delighted that Charlie George is now home and doing well.