Ladies’ Night to boost bid for new ‘Home from Home’

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The return of The Sick Children’s Trust Ladies’ Night next month is set to boost the Branching Out appeal.

Sponsored by Amway UK, the evening of pampering will be held at SUFC Platinum Suite in Sheffield on May 12 from 7-9.30pm, with beauty products to try, clothing for sale and pampering in the form of Indian head massages.

The money raised from the event will be split between the charity’s existing ‘Home from Home’ Treetop House and the recently launched £1.2m Branching Out Appeal - backed by the Sheffield Telegraph - to build a new house at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The charity has seven ‘Homes from Home’ across the UK which provide free, high quality accommodation to families of sick children whilst they are being treated in hospital.

It already has one house in Sheffield, Treetop House, which supports families of sick children, but due to high occupancy levels it is building a second home, through the coversion of two detached houses on the hospital site, so it can support even more families.

Since Treetop House opened in 2001 there has been a gradual growth in specialist services offered at the hospital - one of only four dedicated children’s hospitals in the UK.

A new Accident Assesment Unit is planned, increasing bed capacity from 140 to 200 and bringing with it an even greater demand for parent and family accommodation.

Many wards do not even put families on the waiting list at the momentbecause they know that a room is unlikely to become available before the child leaves hospital.

Ann Wyatt, House Manager at Treetop House said: “This is the sixth year we have held the event and it’s always a wonderful evening and a real treat for those who come along.

“The evening usually raises around £1,500 which is a brilliant result but this year we are hoping that it will raise even more as we now have a new house to fundraise for so every penny will really count.

“I also have to say a special thank to Amway UK who have sponsored the event for the second year in a row. Their generous donation allows us to host the event.”

It is hoped that the new 11-bedroom house will be open by April 2013 and will support and additional 250 families each year.

Tickets priced at £5, include entry into a lucky ticket draw and a goody bag. Additional treatments have a nominal charge. To buy tickets contact Ann Wyatt on 0114 271 7176 or email ann@sickchildrenstrust.org

To get involved in the Branching Out Sheffield appeal, visit www.sickchildrenstrust.org