We are delighted to feature on this month’s BBC Lifeline appeal, showcasing our vital ‘Home from Home’ support for families with sick children in hospital in the UK.
Before Christmas, our President Michael Crawford CBE was filmed spending time meeting families in our ‘Homes from Home’. They shared their experiences of having a seriously ill child for the BBC television appeal.
The resulting programme will be shown on Sunday 21January at 3.15pm on BBC One.
As a charity which relies entirely on voluntary donations, Lifeline presents an exciting opportunity for us to raise awareness of our work and generate essential funds to keep our ten ‘Homes from Home’ running, supporting around 4,000 families every year.
Michael Crawford, says: “I have been President of The Sick Children’s Trust for over 30 years and it remains a remarkable charity in both the simplicity of its mission and the huge impact its work has on families and children.
“I still remember to this day being left alone on a hospital ward as a child after I underwent surgery to remove my tonsils. I was terrified as I waited for my mother to collect me, a wait that felt like an eternity. The relief when she walked through the doors and gave me a kiss and a hug was overwhelming. That worry is a feeling I do not want any child to ever have to endure.
“That’s why I support The Sick Children’s Trust and remain so committed to this cause. As a charity, we are working towards a future where every child will be able to have their family by their side as they undergo treatment in hospital.
“When I meet the families who so vividly share their experiences, I am so incredibly proud of the support The Sick Children’s Trust provides, making life just that little bit easier for mum, dads, brothers and sisters who are facing unimaginable distress.
“Thank you to everyone who watches this Lifeline appeal and helps us provide such vital comfort to so many children across the UK.”
Make sure you tune in on Sunday 21 January at 3.15pm to watch the show! You can also follow us on twitter to see behind the scenes details and find out more about the families featured.