We celebrated the 30th anniversary of our very first 'Home from Home', Rainbow House, with a special evening event. To date, Rainbow has helped keep over 6,500 families together during the most difficult times possible.
Guests from Rainbow's 30 year history joined us in a celebration hosted by award-winning broadcaster Tazeen Ahmad, which saw families share their stories, presentations from our current Chairman Stephen Catlin and previous Chairman Sir Hugh Stevenson and a special screening of our very first BBC appeal film with President Michael Crawford. In fact, Michael followed the film with a moving speech looking over his long history with the charity.
Classical star Faryl Smith ended the evening in style with a wonderful musical performance.
Our special guests shared their anniversary wishes with us:
Vice President Paul.a.Young said: 'I became involved with The Sick Children's Trust last year and I have been inspired and genuinely touched by the many families I have met in the charity's 'Homes from Home'. Happy Anniversary Rainbow House!'
Vice President Anita Dobson said: 'I would like to wish Rainbow House a very Happy 30th Birthday. I have seen the fantastic work they do in helping families stay together in the most difficult of circumstances. It is essential that this work continues to support and comfort children and their families, and I am proud to be here to celebrate their amazing achievements.'
Vice President Loyd Grossman said: 'Simple and powerful ideas are often the most useful and enduring. The idea of providing a 'Home from Home' for the families of sick children is even more compelling and helpful now, than it was thirty years ago.'
Esther Rantzen said: 'As Vice President for The Sick Children’s Trust, I am thrilled to wish Rainbow House a very happy 30th birthday. Over the years, thousands of families have been so helped by the charity’s comfortable and homely accommodation which becomes a safe haven during times of unimaginable distress. I’ve been touched to meet some of them and hear their moving experiences of having a sick child in hospital. It is wonderful that today we’re here celebrating the very first house which was the culmination of so much hard work and vision.'