"My Christmas Wish" appeal

No child should wake up on Christmas Day without their family by their side. That’s why charity The Sick Children’s Trust is asking the nation to dig deep to support families with seriously ill children in hospital this Christmas, by donating £30 to keep them together in free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation.

Every day, children are diagnosed with serious and life-threatening illnesses or have terrible accidents that leave them fighting for life. They often have to be transferred to specialist hospitals far from home to receive critical medical treatment. The Sick Children’s Trust is there, supporting these families with free accommodation keeping them just minutes from their loved one’s hospital bedside.

This Christmas, The Sick Children’s Trust expects that every room across its ten ‘Homes from Home’ will be full with families who are caring for some of the UK’s sickest children. The charity’s Christmas appeal, My Christmas Wish, aims to raise £13,230, enough to run the charity’s ten ‘Homes from Home’ over the Christmas period, providing essential emotional and practical support to families in need. Head of Operations, Joy Darling, says:

“No child should wake up on Christmas morning alone and without their family around them. But this will be the reality for many poorly children in hospital as their families face long journeys to be by their hospital bedside on the most magical day of the year.

“A donation of £30 will give a family a place to stay in one of our ‘Homes from Home’ this Christmas, just moments from their sick child’s bedside. £30 will ensure one child in hospital will wake up on Christmas morning with their family by their side.

“It costs The Sick Children’s Trust £13,230 to run its ten ‘Homes from Home’ across the country over the Christmas period, keeping families together at one of the most important times of the year. By donating £30 you can make a sick child’s Christmas wish come true and ensure they wake up with lots of kisses and cuddles.”

Your donation will keep a family with a seriously ill child together this Christmas. To donate, please visit the Sick Children's Trust just giving page or you can call the team on 020 7638 4066. If you would like any further information about the Sick Children's Trust please visit https://www.sickchildrenstrust.org/

The Sick Children's Trust was founded in 1982 by two paediatric specialists Dr Jon Pritchard and Professor James Malpas. Today there are ten "home from homes" at major hospitals around the country where families can stay, free of charge. They believe that keeping together significantly improves the recovery of seriously ill children and support around 4000 families every year. There is a growing demand for their "home from homes" as children must increasingly travel long distances to get the specialist treatment they need.

The Sick Children's Trust is working to a future where every family with a seriously ill child in hospital will be able to stay together, just minutes from their child's bed during their treatment.

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