I’m so proud of my little heart warrior and can’t wait for our first Christmas at home as a family. But we’ll never forget The Sick Children’s Trust’s support at Christmastime last year.
News • Dec 10, 2018 12:40 GMT
Mum Stacey wasn't able to spend Christmas Day with her newborn daughter Olivia, but thanks to Scott House, Olivia's Dad was with her, ensuring that she didn't wake up on her first Christmas morning alone.
We can’t wait to celebrate a worry free Christmas with the twins this year, excited that in just a few months they will be welcoming their new baby brother or sister into the world!
News • Dec 04, 2018 16:19 GMT
Ruby Price went into labour just 23 weeks into her pregnancy and was rushed to from Southend Hospital to The Rosie Hospital in Cambridge where she gave birth five days later. Leighton weighed 1lb 6oz and Lola only 1lb 2oz. Doctors warned the traumatised parents that there was a strong chance they would lose both babies. Miraculously, against all odds, they pulled through!
With the support of The Sick Children’s Trust, it’s possible for a child in hospital not to wake up alone on Christmas morning.
News • Nov 29, 2018 09:44 GMT
Jessica was born at just 27 weeks and spent nearly three months in hospital before she was discharged home – eight days before her due date. Her parents, Alison and William, were supported at Crawford House while Jessica was treated at newcastle's RVI..
When we were told our daughter might never walk again, we needed a space away from the hospital to come to terms with it.
News • Nov 29, 2018 09:34 GMT
Esmae suddenly became seriously ill just a week before Christmas and within days had lost movement in her entire body. She was diagnosed with a rare disease called transverse myelitis, which was causing inflammation of her spinal cord and swelling on her brain. Esmae spent the entire of Christmas in hospital, but didn’t wake up alone on Christmas morning because of Magnolia House.
News • Nov 26, 2018 13:13 GMT
Imogen was born with a rare condition known as Poland syndrome, which effects very few children and is characterised by the webbing of the fingers and underdevelopment of chest muscle. As a result, Imogen has undergone two major surgeries at Leeds Children's Hospital during which time her parents have been supported at Eckersley House.
In the middle of the night, when I couldn’t sleep, I was able to express and take milk up to Leo on the ward and would sit with him so he knew he wasn’t alone.
News • Nov 20, 2018 11:02 GMT
After a very long labour baby Leo suffered from a pneumothorax when he took his first breath. He required lifesaving treatment at The Rosie Hospital, an hour away from the family's home. His parents and older brother, Jenson, stayed in Chestnut House for five days whilst he recovered and Leo made it home when he was 12 days old. He turned one year old in May this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Those two weeks that Quinn was in hospital were very long and very tough, but having a room in Eckersley House made all the difference
News • Oct 11, 2018 12:01 BST
Paige stayed with The Sick Children's Trust for two weeks at Eckersley House when Quinn was rushed back into hospital shortly after being born and required an emergency transfer to Leeds Children’s Hospital from Bradford Royal Infirmary.
News • Sep 27, 2018 10:23 BST
We're celebrating 25 years of supporting families with seriously ill children undergoing treatment at St James's Hospital and Leeds Children's Hospital. Linda Bastiman and her son Chris share their experience of how Eckersley House helped them in 2006.
News • Aug 30, 2018 14:15 BST
Charlie waited for four months for a lifesaving donor heart to become available. We supported his parents at Scott House, as well as Charlie's twin sisters who were born while he was waiting for a transplant.