Building work to convert the two detached properties on the hospital site is scheduled to start in November of this year, with the aim of opening the new ‘Home from Home’ in April 2013.
Although the intention is to maintain the feel of a family home as much as possible, there is much work to be done.
This includes building a direct link to Critical Care, joining the two properties, installing a new roof, windows, doors, lifts and new heating, lighting and power supplies.
An existing supporter has donated £100,000 to launch the appeal and The SCT has pledged £50,000.
The aims of the project are:
lFree, high-quality accommodation will be available every year to around 250 families of seriously ill babies and children.
lThere will be improved chances of children’s recovery and rehabilitation and they will feel less distressed through their treatment.
lFamilies will be closely involved with care of their child.
lSiblings of sick children will be able to stay with their parents and will benefit from a home routine which will maintain stability and consistency in their lives.
lParents will have reduced stress as a result of being able to support each other and make crucial decisions about their child’s treatment together.
lThe financial strain on families of sick children will be reduced as most hotel, travel and food expenses will be avoided.
For more information on the Branching Out appeal, contact SCT Head of Fundraising Jane Featherstone firstname.lastname@example.org or call Treetop House on 0114 2717176.